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This is the Harushika Brewery, a sake maker in the ancient city of Nara, Japan Seen here are varieties that are offered in their tasting room. They are (L to R): ..- Tokimeki, a sparkling pure rice sake.- Shiboribana, a namazake or unpasteurized sake.- Daiginjo, a premium pure rice sake.- Arabashishiri Ichiban, a nama-genshu or unpasteurized genshu sake..- The 1300th Aniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo's Capitol, a commemorative ginjo sake.- Karakuchi, a very dry junmaishu pure rice sake..Founded in Nara in 1884 (the city thought to be the birthplace of sake), this sake maker which prides itself on making high quality sake manufactures a variety of sake with it's signature brews being "light, mellow tasting sake with a flowery yet sharp flavor, using highly polished rice in the old Nara tradition of Nanto Morohaku brewing methods". The name Harushika which literally means "spring deer" utilizes two kanji characters; one used in the name of Nara's historic Kasuga shrine, and the other for deer, which were considered gods in older times. Today Harushika sake has an excellent reputation in Japan and is exported to 10 countries around the world including France and the USA where their biggest international sales are. The New York area in particular is a big market for Harushika. The Harushika Brewery is located in the historic Naramachi quarter of Nara where they have a tasting room where visitors can sample various labels including a 400 yen ($4.50) set that includes five different kinds of Harushika. Well worth a visit when visiting Nara. Photo taken Dec. 18, 2009.
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