Steeped in history, Shinkame Brewery emerged in the twilight of Japan's Edo Period, founded in 1848 with its original shop named Iseya Honten. Embracing change in 1987, Shinkame made a visionary shift, converting their entire production to Junmaishu, thus pioneering the post-World War II revival of pure rice sake.
The name "Shinkame" itself is steeped in legend, inspired by the tortoise, a divine messenger residing in the once neighboring Tenjin Pond, symbolizing longevity and prosperity. The brewery’s esteemed "Hikomago" brand is a tribute to the lineage of dedication, a crown jewel representing sakes that have been meticulously aged for three years or more.
At the heart of Shinkame’s philosophy lies an unwavering commitment to quality, encapsulated in their quest for "Good rice anyway." This pursuit led them to adopt organic Sakamai, unveiling a profound truth: the life force and fermentation process of sake are intrinsically linked to the caliber of the rice. It is a reaffirmation of the adage that truly exceptional sake can only arise from exceptional rice.
With time as their artisanal tool, Shinkame Brewery crafts sake that blossoms into a richer, more complex profile. They are dedicated to delivering flavors that speak of the rice's quality, matured leisurely, much like the revered tortoise, symbolizing a journey of taste that is both deep and enduring.