Hakkaisan sake (Nihonshu)

Hakkaisan sake (Nihonshu)

Varieties of traditional sake and shochu made in different parts of Japan.

From left to right:

Shochu, made from barley and distilled, similar to whisky.

Shochu made by Furusawa from Miazaki prefecture on Kyoshu Island (25% alcohol)

High quality sake called Shochikubai made by Takara brewery in Kyoto from polished rice and used for purification in ceremonies such as weddings, within a Shinto religious ceremony (15% alcohol).

Sake made near the mountains of Hakkaisan in Niigata prefecture, top quality.

Sake made near the mountains of Hakkaisan in Niigata prefecture.

Sake made near the mountains of Hakkaisan in Niigata prefecture.

Dry sake called Suizin, made in the Iwate prefecture in the north of Japan.

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