日本酒を語る

Talk about sake

2018.02.05

Knowledge

Let’s go to sake-associated shrines (Kinki/Chubu areas)

Deities of sake live everywhere.


◆Matsunoo-taisha Shrine(Kyotoo city, Kyoto prefecture)
Founded in 701 by the Hata clan. As the Hatas produced many sake brewing masters, the shrine worshiped a deity of sake brewing, and people believed that sake which is brewed by using water of a well called Kamenoi located in the shrine would not go bad.

◆Ōomiwa-jinja Shrine(Sakurai city, Nara prefecture)
Dedicated to deities of sake named Omononushi-no-mikoto and Sukunahiko-no-kami. Sugidama, a cedar ball which shows the completion of a fresh brew, originally used to be made of cedar leaves in Mt. Miwa where the shrine is located.

◆Sakato-jinja Shrine(Okazaki city, Aichi prevecture)
Dedicated to a deity of food and Sakatoshinno. Sakatoshinno is said to be the first one to brew sake in Japan.

◆Sakami-jinja Shurine(Ichinomiya city, Aichi prefeacture)
Considered to have made sacred sake in 1514 to be offered to Ise Grand Shrine. It is said that sake was brewed for the first time and the pot used for brewing still remains.

◆Nyusakatono-jinja Shrine(Katsuragi cho, Wakayama prefecture)
Said to be the first shrine where sake was brewed using water of Kinokawa River, or the first shrine where sake was offered.

◆NIWATA-jinja Shrine(Shiso city ,Hyogo prefecrure)
According to the records of culture and geography of Harima Province called Harima-fudoki, sake was made by chance. Made in the yard of a shrine, it was called niwaki and this shrine is regarded as the birthplace of niwaki as well as sake.


The two top shrines of sake, MTSUNOO Jinja shrine(two of left) and OMIWA Jinja Shrine.
The two top shrines of sake, MTSUNOO Jinja shrine(two of left) and OMIWA Jinja Shrine.