Ishikawa Prefecture is located on the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Chubu Region. The shape of the prefecture is long and narrow with a coastline stretching 581km, which in the north of the prefecture forms the Noto Peninsula that juts into the Sea of Japan. Ishikawa is known for it’s fertile rice-producing areas and is one of Japan’s premiere Sake making regions, with many of its over 35 Sake breweries having been in existence for hundreds of years.
The President of Mioya brewery is Miho Fujita who began working at Mioya in 2003 after taking over the role of Executive Director from her uncle. Working alongside her father who is the Company Manager, Fujita-san has not only became Company President but has also become a Sake Brewer. She works alongside their Toji [Master Brewer] Toshi Yokomichi, who joined the kura in 2006, to create a new range of sake known as ‘Yuho’. The Yuho range are brewed to be sake that is full of flavour and umami, with well balanced acidity that can be paired with richer style dishes. Toshi-san has utilised yeast strain #9 to help create this balance, along with making sure the fragrance is not too pronounced, as they want to achieve a delicate aroma that will enhance any accompanying food rather than overpowering it. Yokomichi-san and Fujita-san have definitely created sake that are full of character, with a harmony of sweetness, bitterness and acidity and that can be tasted in both the Yuho 55 and the Yuho Yamaoroshi.