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The Origin and History of Sake

Sake is a traditional Japanese drink, and its history goes back very far. The origin of sake dates back to more than 2000 years ago. The first sake was born as a result of the fusion of rice cultivation techniques and brewing techniques that came from China and the Korean Peninsula.

The main ingredients for making sake are rice, water, yeast, and koji, which is a mold that plays an important role in converting starch in rice into sugar, which yeast then turns into alcohol. This unique method makes sake different from other drinks in terms of taste and flavor.

The history of sake has changed and developed with the times. In the Nara period (around the 8th century), sake played an important role in ceremonies and festivals at the court and temples. In the Heian period (794-1185), sake spread among the nobility and warrior class, and flourished with the culture.

Kuchikami sake is a scene that appeared in the Japanese anime movie “Your Name”, but as in the movie, it is believed to contain sacred energy and divine protection, and is offered as an offering to God in sacred rituals.

In the Edo period (1603-1868), the sake-making method became more refined, and many regions produced their own brands of sake. In modern times, with the advancement of manufacturing technology and transportation, sake spread nationwide and became a drink loved by many people.

Modern sake continues to evolve while incorporating traditional methods as well as new technologies and approaches. Sake is a valuable drink that reflects Japan’s culture and climate, and is highly regarded worldwide.

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