Have You Ever Been to Akita Prefecture?01 Nov 2021
Have You Ever Been to Akita Prefecture?
Akita Prefecture is a large prefecture located along the Japan Sea Coast of Japan. Mountainous, rugged, and traditional, the prefecture still remains one of Japan's places of natural beauty. If you have ever been to Akita Prefecture, you have probably visited the famous tourist attractions such as Kakunodate, where samurai residences were built during the Edo Period (around 1603-1868), and Nyuto Onsenkyo, where hot spring inns dot in the mountains.
A prefecture fueled by rice farming, it's no wonder Akita is home to the most delicious rice and food culture in general. When it comes to food in Akita, you might have tried kiritanpo which are rice skewers that are native to the prefecture, and a lot of special attention is paid in preparing them. Freshly cooked rice is pounded until it is slightly mashed, then moulded on skewers made from Japanese cedar, and toasted over charcoal fire in an open hearth.
Since Akita is one of the best rice-producing areas in the Tohoku region, it is also very active in producing sake, and you might have tried sake from one of the most well-known breweries in Akita.
Made with high-quality rice and bountiful water—that’s Akita’s sake. To bring the mellow and profound flavor of this high-grade sake and share it with the nation, brewers, politicians, and investors gathered in 1922 (Taisho 11) and founded Akita Meijo, and thus the brand Bishu Ranman was born. Since its establishment, Bishu Ranman has consistently followed the philosophy of "sake quality first," and has been conscious of providing a stable supply of uniform sake quality through brewing methods that take advantage of the natural climate and characteristics of Yuzawa City in Akita Prefecture.
Ranman Junmai Managutako is made with 100% Akita Komachi rice grown under contract with JA Komachi in Akita Prefecture. It is made by fully utilizing the flavor of the rice. It is characterized by the 100% rice flavor, moderate acidity, and a well-balanced, fresh aroma. The kite picture on the label is a Yuzawa Managu kite (Yuzawa Kites are a tradition dating back to the Genroku Period, and Managu refers to pure black kites) with a design of a Hannya mask and eyes (manako). This sake reveals the best qualities of Akita sake!