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Resort Town: Saijo Yokkaichi and Sake Brewery

resort town: Adding to my amazement was the fact sake brewing began in Saijo in 1675, at a time when the area, then known as Saijo Yokkaichi, was already a prosperous resort town and Canada, not so much Steam from a sake brewery at sunrise in Saijo, Japan, according to Vancouver Courier. Photo Sandra ThomasI was visiting Japan as part of a group of eight writers from across the globe, of which seven were experts in sake and then there was me. After all, I had just flown to Japan from Vancouver, Canada, where plans were in full swing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which we all thought was a pretty big deal. But what I quickly discovered was that besides not knowing a lot of technical terms, it was still very easy to admire and appreciate the time, attention to detail, history, culture and quality that goes into almost every bottle produced in Japan, at least in the breweries we had the honour to visit. And after learning just what goes into making a really great sake, I was also surprised to find out how affordable it is in Japan I bought gold award-winning sake for about 15-Cdn and other really good bottles for about 10. Honour makes up a large part of Japanese culture, so creating a quality product is extremely important to the master brewers we had the opportunity to meet. ( As reported in the news.