Daimon Shuzo, founded in 1826, is located at the foot of the scenic Ikoma mountain range in Katano
City. Katano occupies a well-known spot in Japanese history. During the Heian era (over 1000 years ago), the aristocracy of Western Japan flocked to Katano to enjoy the
very beautiful scenery that abounded there including lovely cherry blossoms in the spring and the verdant surrounding mountains. Hunting was the main sport of the gentry and cotton seed oil and silk production
were the usual industries of the residents. Sake production began during the Edo period, but of the several sake-producing firms originally present, only Daimon Shuzo still remains.
"The sake we make is known by the brand name Riyubai. Our sake is, in general, full flavored but mellow and balanced. Our higher grades of sake
are often very lightly laced with fruit essences such as pear and peach. A nice acidity suffuses the flavor, allowing it to spread out evenly."
The current director, Yasutaka Daimon, is the sixth-generation director of Daimon Shuzo. He notes that in Japan there has been a recent trend away from sake and toward other beverages like wine. "We take a
great pride in our traditional product and I feel that the distinctive taste and manner of drinking sake is inherently tied to the Japanese culture and spirit. I promise to endeavor to continue to produce our high
-quality sake with the hope that future generations of all people can enjoy and savor this fine and relaxing style of drinking sake."
Daimon also runs a restaurant and bar at the brewery. The setting is both rustic and quaint, the food quite good, the prices reasonable. It's a great treat to drink sake where it is made.
Size and Special Characteristics
Daimon Shuzo produces about 500 "koku." As one koku (the traditional measure of sake in Japan) is 180 liters, about 90 kiloliters is brewed here
each year, in the traditional brewing season which runs from late October to early April. This is fairly small by industry standards, but allows Daimon Shuzo to strictly control the quality and style of the sake they
Notable Quotes from Master Daimon
"The most important factor involved with producing good sake is the water supply. We have been blessed with a natural spring providing water
which is rich in minerals pure enough to be used in the production of excellent sake. Many people have shown an interest in our water alone, preferring to use it when they do the Japanese tea ceremony, or even for
healthy consumption at home in regular tea and coffee. We have also been growing our own Yamada Nishiki rice, the king of sake rice, in cooperation with local rice growers, thus keeping us close to the
community in yet another way."
(English and Japanese speakers available):
3-12-1 Moriminami, Katano-shi, Osaka
576-0031 Tel 81-72-891-0353 Fax 81-72-891-0354
-- 81 is Japan country code; within Japan, dial 072-891-0353 --
Web: www.sakahan.com (J and E)