Guess we are all familiar with UNESCO Heritages, and visiting these heritages sure is on many people’s bucket list. But you may wonder what Japan Heritage is?
It is actually a five-year project started by The Agency of Cultural Affairs in Japan in 2015. (In other words, it is the final year to get listed this year!) About 100 types of tangible and intangible culture will be listed in order to pass these important stories for posterity. The competition is fierce every year.
Both Nara-city and Itami-city,which got into the list this year, applied, but unfortunately were unsuccessful last year. This year Itami City joined other four cities in Hyogo Prefecture (Kobe City, Amagasaki City, Nishinomiya City and Ashiya City) and got listed in Japan Heritage this year.
The listed heritage Itami-city and Nada-Gogō were known in producing Kudarizake (下り酒、high quality sake produced in Kamigata region such as Osaka and Kyoto, these sake were brought to Edo) such as “Itami-Morohaku” and “Nada no Ki-ippon”.
They were known as the birth-place of Sake, the brewing started 400 years ago. Next time when you have a chance to visit the Kansai area, take a chance to visit these places and let’s learn more about the transformation and changes of sake!
Source: Itami-city, The Agency of Cultural Affairs