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KUNI ZAKARI

AICHI PREFECTURE  Est. 1844

www.nakanoshuzou.jp

Kuni Zakari was established in 1844 in Handa City, Aichi. Handa City is situated on the Chita peninsula, about 380km southwest of Tokyo.
Handa experiences consistent warm weather (average temperature is 15.5 degrees per year) and has lots of natural water in the city.  During winter, this warmth assists in developing the completion of the Moromi very well.
In the Edo period, Edo (Tokyo) was the biggest Sake market and Sake from Nada (Kobe) was very popular. As Handa City is situated close to the Edo market, Handa Sake was popular as well in Edo. 30% of the Sake consumed in Edo was from the Chita peninsula at that time.

Kuni means ‘country’ and Sakari means ‘prosperity’, so Kuni Zakari roughly translates as ‘flourishing along with the growth of Japan’.

Kuni Zakari keeps its tradition, whilst welcoming modern techniques to make quality Sake.
Kunizakari acknowledges that people’s taste changes and so the brewery adapts to meet what the market wants. Such products include Nigori, Umeshu, Yuzushu, Nigori sparkling with low alcohol such as Toraji no Uta, and other fruit-infused sweet Sake as well. This is their challenge to keep themselves modern.

When Kuni Zakari moved into its modern facility, they still kept their history by establishing Kuni Zakari Sake Museum on their original site.  They kept all of their traditional equipment and are open to the public, so people can see and learn how the Sake industry was in the past.
Since the late 1980s, Kuni Zakari had extended their range of products to include more casual Sake based drinks as well as medal winning premium Sake.