THE MUNEMASA SHUZO CO.

Mizu (the moniker for 美鶴乃舞, Mizu-no-mai) is proudly produced by the Munemasa Shuzo Co. of Arita, Japan. As a young distillery, established in 1985, we find inspiration in a 400-year legacy of artisanship that defines the character of our small town known best as the birthplace of Japanese porcelain crafts. The skilled artisans of Arita are a source of great pride, and are devoted to the principle of ‘kodawari’, the notion of continuous improvement towards perfection. While paying tribute to the traditional methods of shochu production, we aim to deliver ‘unprecedented creativity and innovation’, artistry, and strive to constantly offer finer and unexpected shochu experiences that delight our customers.

Over 120 years ago, the Munemasa family opened a small sake brewery and shop in Hiroshima, which was their passion and livelihood for generations. The devastation of WWII forced the brewery to close, but an unrelenting yearning to return to the family's roots inspired the move to Arita, an ideal locale for shochu production given the pristine waters and rich farmland.


The Munemasa distillery in Arita, Japan. Est. 1985.

The Munemasa distillery in Arita, Japan. Est. 1985.

Stirring the first moromi (mash) of koji rice, water and yeast. This is the start of the fermentation.

Stirring the first moromi (mash) of koji rice, water and yeast. This is the start of the fermentation.


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