Aichi prefecture lies in the center of Japan’s main island Honshu. The city of Nagoya lies in the western part of the prefecture and is the countries 3rd largest city. Aichi has a broad history; the first shogun of Japan, Minamoto Yoritomo, and the “Big 3” warlords of Japanese history - Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu - were all born in Aichi. It is also home to roughly 4,650 temples, more than any other Japanese prefecture.
Chochin Shuzo was founded in 1868 and is situated in Tsushima City which is located at the westernmost point of Aichi Prefecture. The Kuromoto [Owner] & Toji [Master Brewer] at Chochin is Masayuki Kuwayama. Kuwayama-san is a dedicated and focused Sake producer giving every brewing season 110% energy and effort to produce the best Sake he can for his customers. The water used in production is from a well inside the brewery. This water is extremely ‘hard’ water for Japan [‘hard’ means high mineral content] and this results in Sake that has a firm acidic spine and is generally open to ageing. Kuwayama-sans most famous products are the Shinbunshi range. ‘Shinbunshi’ in Japanese means to wrap in newspaper and these bottles are distinctively wrapped in the local newspaper from Tsushima City.
This is the first time these wonderful products have been offered outside of Japan, with Australia being the first and currently only export market.