Wakaebis was founded by Shigefuji Gizaemon in 1853 at the end of the Edo period, which was the era when samurai ruled Japan.
Wakaebis is run by the Shigefuji family, which has brewed sake for generations in Iga City, Mie Prefecture, the renowned hometown of ninja.
Iga City is located in the center of Japan, and borders Nara, Shiga, Kyoto, Aichi, Gifu and Wakayama. It is a region rich in nature, surrounded with greenery.
The land in Iga is fertile because the region used to be a lakebed. In addition, there is a big difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures, which means that high-quality rice can be grown here. The king of sake rice “Mie Yamada Nishiki”, which is used to brew Daiginjo (top-grade sake), is grown in Iga. Moreover, Iga is in a basin surrounded by mountains, which supply fresh water. It gets very cold in winter, which is a typical climate feature of basins. These natural conditions make this region the perfect for sake brewing.
Wakaebis Brewery offers a selection of sake brands. “Wakaebis” was named after a haiku poem of Matsuo Basho, a great haiku master from Iga. “Ebisu”, the god of business, is depicted on its label. “Gizaemon” was named after the founder of Wakaebis. It is brewed by skillfully using various kinds of yeast that are unique to Mie Prefecture. “Maho” is brewed using the traditional Yamahai Shikomi method. “Ninja Wakaebis” is a pure, dry rice sake that is popular overseas.
Wakaebis has a large selection of unique sake that pair well with various cuisines, including Japanese, Chinese, French and Italian.
We invite you to enjoy our sake with a variety of dishes and special occasions. Uniquely designed, creative packaging is also available to make the perfect gift.
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