The Birthplace of Sake
The area of Shimane is also said to be the birthplace of sake. This widespread belief is based on myths about sake’s ties to Shimane’s Izumo region recorded in the Kojiki. The first mention of sake in the Kojiki, an early-8th-century chronicle of Japanese legends and oral traditions based on historical accounts, tells the story of how the god Susanoo used eight buckets of sake to kill the gigantic eight-headed serpent Yamata no Orochi at Izumoto save the village.
Sake From Shimane Prefecture
Rihaku Junmai Blue Purity is made with a recently developed rice Kannomai, which is only used in Shimane prefecture. Kannomai means "god dance".
It is believed in Japan that all the deities throughout Japan gather once every year and hold meetings here in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture. Every year during October, gods throughout Japan travel to Izumo Taisha, one of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan.
This sake makes you imagine how Shinto Gods enjoy this sake together as they gather for the annual convention at Izumo Taisha. Rihaku Junmai BLUE PURITY has a quite complicated flavour such as a combination of Matsu pine resin, roasted chestnut and a touch of honey and bitter cacao. The dryness and umami of Kannomai rice are perfectly balanced, you can easily drink one cup after another.