History of aging culture
The oldest literature that mentions aged sake is
This is said to be a letter written by Nichiren Shonin during the Kamakura period (contains praise for the taste of the believers who sent old sake).
After that, aged sake appeared in various documents of the Edo period, indicating that it was prized as a special sake.
However, in the Meiji era,
The government adopts a stone tax on sake breweries to stabilize finances.
High taxes were imposed on production volume rather than sales volume, and the Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War,
Tax increases are repeated every time there is a war, such as World War II.
Furthermore, due to chronic food shortages during the war, it became difficult to store aged sake.
Although the stone tax was abolished in 1944,
In addition to the continued shortage of supplies,
With the development of rice polishing techniques for making delicious new sake, the time-consuming and time-consuming process of aging sake will become a thing of the past.
After that, from the late Showa era to the Heisei era,
When the environment for aged sake production finally began to improve, breweries producing high-quality aged sake began to appear.
After 100 years of blank periods between the Taisho, Showa, and Heisei eras, we have now entered the Reiwa era, and now is the time for those involved in sake to come together and spread the culture and appeal of Japan's proud aged sake to the world.
KOSYU to the world!