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Inside a Sake Factory in Japan

Your trip to Japan won’t be complete without drinking a sake, right? But, it’s more interesting if you’ll go inside a sake factory and learn how the country’s most well-known, traditional social lubricant is made.

Sake, I’ve learned, is a Japanese term for liquor. It is made from rice, thus, it is literally a rice wine. It is brewed, like that of a beer. And yes, it is Japan’s national beverage. I was offered sake in three Japanese homes I’ve visited. Well, that and a cup of tea!

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We went to a small sake factory. There’s not fancy machines in there because the small business is family-run.

Inside a Sake Factory in Japan.

Inside a Sake Factory in Japan.

In fact, the size of the factory could be just a normal house in Japan.

Inside the Sake Factory in Japan.

Inside the Sake Factory in Japan.

The owner met us at the door and he welcomed us with his head bowing, instead of a handshake.

Inside a Sake Factory in Japan.

Inside a Sake Factory in Japan.

A fellow couchsurfer did all the translation for us.

Inside a Sake Factory in Japan.

Inside a Sake Factory in Japan.

What we did see are medium-sized barrels where it was brewing rice wine.

Inside a Sake Factory in Japan.

Inside a Sake Factory in Japan.

Of course, at the end of the tour, there was sake wine tasting which the owner generously provided us. They have a small shop, too, where buying is optional.

Inside the Sake Factory in Japan.

Inside the Sake Factory in Japan.

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