Located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Manzairaku was founded in 1716 during the Edo period.
Manzairaku is surrounded by nature in Hakusan City, approved by the Japanese Govnernment as the first Geographical Indication* for sake production. It is known for having high quality water and clean air. Ishikawa Prefecture is also famous for one of the best areas for sake production.
*A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. For example, France’s Bordeaux for wine and Italy’s Gorgonzola for cheese.
Manzairaku cultivates their own rice for some of their sake as they are very local-production orientated. They have exported their products to other Asian countries, and now finally landing on the U.S.
Manzairaku means, “be happy always” (Manzai – always, and Raku – happy).
Their craftsmanship is to produce sake that brings brightness to your life.
The Yachiya family has been crafting sake since 1583, originally made exclusively for the leading general of the Kaga region, Maeda Toshiie. When Maeda moved to Kanazawa City, he brought Mr. Yachiya with him, and in 1628, the brand name, “Kagatsuru” was established giving a nod to the Kaga region itself and Tsuru, the Japanese name for crane, believed to live for a thousand years, bringing good fortune and happiness.
Established in 1620, located at the base of the Hakusan Mountains, Uno Shuzo is one of the oldest sake breweries in all of Fukui Prefecture, Ishikawa’s neighbor. Despite multiple fires in its almost 400 year history, Uno Shuzo has rebuilt and persisted to produce the best possible sake for its customers. In 1980, Uno Shuzo began to focus on the use of Yamada Nishiki rice. While famous today, Yamada Nishiki at the time was very rare and only selected kura were able to acquire it.
Over the years, Uno Shuzo has won many national prizes and has become the leading sake brewery in Fukui Prefecture.