Maruishi Jozo began brewing Japanese sake in 1690, in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, and we have continued making sake for the long span of over 330 years since.
The city of Okazaki, where our brewery is located, enjoys a long history as the birthplace of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu, the shogun general who brought peace to Japan and ushered in the feudal Edo period. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the city is a place where nature's abundance makes its presence felt.
Maruishi's history began when founder Nagemachi Sandayu learned about sake-brewing through the comings and goings on the Tokaido highway running from the west to the de facto capital city of Edo, and acquired farmland and earmarked a large amount of rice to making sake, thereby establishing brewing operations in 1690. The company expanded its business operations to cotton, banking, and other ventures in the Meiji period of the late nineteenth century, and in 1900, the company constructed a brewery in Nada, located in Kubo-cho in the city of Nishinomiya, and began making sake at that location. The sake brewed in Nada was named "Choyo," and that made at the home base of Okazaki was dubbed "Mikawa Bushi." The brewery subsequently turned its hand to making shochu, mirin, miso, soy sauce, and other products in Okazaki, and the company flourished. During World War II, however, air raids on Okazaki destroyed almost all of the brewery's facilities. After the war, the company rebuilt from its barely surviving miso factory in Nakamachi, Okazaki, and resumed sake production. Of the many business endeavors the company has engaged in since its inception, the only one that has continued without break from the very beginning until the present is sake-brewing. From here in Okazaki, we will continue spinning this history on into the future.
Hideki Fukada CEO
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