Moriki Shuzōjō
Known since ancient times as the land of the ninja, Iga is also the town that is home to Moriki Shuzō in the prefecture of Mie.
Rumiko Moriki is the 4th generation of her family to own the brewery, and along with her husband Hideki, they are not only the Kuramoto [owners] of this tiny brewery, they also are the Tōji [master brewers] of their mostly handmade Sake.

Nearly all work in the Moriki Shuzō is done by hand, the same way their Sake has been made for centuries, which is very laborious but Rumiko's motto is "a lot of hard work in the making of the best quality sake she can, means being honest to her customers". It is truly a remarkable brewery with wooden vats full of steamed rice being carried around on the Moriki's and their workers shoulders, including up wooden planks to get the rice into the fermentation tanks. About 25% of their sake production is from their own organically farmed rice, and the rest is sourced from areas that specialise in the particular rice variety that will produce the best result for the style of Sake they wish to brew and they still use Yeast Strain #6 in their brews which is very unusual nowadays.
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