ABOUT

Chiyonosono was founded in 1896.

Rice dealers in this fertile grain belt used the Kikuchi river and the Buzen Kaido road, a bustling highway in the Edo period.
 

The name Chiyonosono, Garden of Eternity, is based on an ancient term for the imperial family, Takenosono, Garden of Bamboo. With this name, we offer a prayer that the Imperial Family, and Japan with them, will prosper for all eternity.

About the Brewery

Business Name: Chiyonosono Sake Brewery INC.

Founded: 1896

Location: 1782 Yamaga, Yamaga City, Kumamoto Prefecture

Operating Capital: 56.5 million yen

Representative Director: Honda Masaharu

Businesses: Production and sales of sake, shochu, akazake, and other alcoholic beverages.

From the President

Thank you for your interest in Chiyonosono.

Our sake brewery was founded in 1896. That was when prosperous rice merchant Honda Kikuhachi began making sake. As a rice merchant, he took a particular interest in rice, which led him to breed a new variety for brewing, Kyushu Shinriki.

After World War 2, all the sake made in Japan was futsūshu, but here at Chiyonosono we pioneered a revival of junmai in 1968. After the first pressing, brewery workers celebrated the revival by passing around sake in a red sakazuki cup, also called a Shuhai, thus inspiring the name of our junmai series.

We have since continued to try new ventures, such as putting our daiginjō in 1,844 ml bottles corked like wine for a new style of matured premium sake.

Customer tastes change, but at Chiyonosono, we continue to offer sake brewed our way: with flavor that excites and enriches..

Personally, I feel it important to contribute to greater creativity in drinking and food culture, and so plan to spend day and night in research and development. I hope that you will continue to join us on this journey! 

Honda Masaharu

President

Chiyonosono's Journey

1896         Rice merchant Honda Kikuhachi begins making sake under the label Seiryu.

1934         After the founder's passing, Honda Katsutarō the first assumes role as owner/president.

1944         Business curtailment leads to merger with Yoshida Shuzōjō and Nishimuta Shuzōjō, forming Honda Shuzōjō, Y.K.

1945         Honda Katsutarō the first is succeeded as owner/president by Honda Katsutarō the second (former chairman).

1956         General liquor wholesaler Yamada Shōten, Y.K. is founded.

1960         Company is reorganized as Chiyonosono Shuzō, K.K.

1961         Installation of automatic kōji rice maker (Nagata model) and boiler (Nishikura model).

1962         Installation of automatic bottle washer.

1964         Installation of 36,000 liter mixing tanks.

1965         Construction of new product and materials storehouse (steel reinforced two story w/ slate roof).

1968         First shipment of Shuhai, first post-WW2 Junmai in Japan, and installation of automatic mash press.

1970         Installation of new boiler (east warehouse).

1973         Founding of Japan Junmaishu Association, with Honda Katsutarō as first executive secretary.

                 Construction of empty bottle storage, and parking lot (2,000 square meters). Installation of Sake (Chiyo-cup) Vending Machines.

1975         Installation of automatic bottle washer (Toyama model).

1982         Update of automatic mash press to new model.

1993         Merger of Chiyoda Kigyō K.K. with Yamakome K.K. into Chiyonosono Sake Brewery INC.

2000         Third generation owner/president Honda Katsutarō becomes chairman. Fourth generation owner Honda Masaharu succeeds                      as president.

Awards since 1989

1989        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

1990        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

1993        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2004        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2005        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2006        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2008        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2011        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2012        Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2012        Kuromatsu: Gold Award, Nurukan Division, Kan Sake Awards

                 Shuhai: Gold Award, Atsukan Division, Kan Sake Awards

2012        Excel: Gold, London Sake Challenge

2013        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2013        Ginjō Kumamoto Shinriki: Gold Award, Atsukan Division, Kan Sake Awards

2014        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2015        Gold Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2015        Excel: Grand Gold, The Fine Sake Awards Japan

2015        Shuhai: Gold Award, Atsukan Division, Kan Sake Awards

2016        Award Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2016        Excel: Gold, The Fine Sake Awards Japan

2016        Tokubetsu Honjōzō Sora: Gold Award, Nurukan Division, Kan Sake Awards

                 Junmai Daiginjō Tsukikasa: Gold Award, Premium Kanzake Division, Kan Sake Awards

                 Junmai Ginjō Kumamoto Shinriki: Gold Award, Premium Kanzake Division, Kan Sake A                 wards

2017        Prize, Annual Japan Sake Awards

2017        Excel: Gold, The Fine Sake Awards Japan

2017        Tokubetsu Honjōzō Chiyonosono Red Label: Grand Gold, Value Nurukan Division, Kan Sake Awards

                 Junmai Ginjō Shuhai Getsusen: Gold, Premium Kanzake Division, Kan Sake Awards

2017        Junmai Shuhai: Platinum, Junmai Division, Kura Master 2018

                 Junmai Ginjō Shuhai: Gold, Junmai Ginjō/Junmai Daiginjō Division

                 Junmai Ginjō Taito: Gold

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Chiyonosono Sake Brewery INC.,  1782 Yamaga, Yamaga City, Kumamoto Prefecture 861-0501

TEL: 0968-43-2161 | E-mail: info@chiyonosono.co.jp


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