• What is Shochu and Awamori ?

    Shochu is a traditional Japanese distilled liquor. It is made by fermenting and distilling grains, potatoes, or other ingredients using koji (malted rice). Representative types of shochu include those distilled from potatoes, wheat, and rice.As the ingredients that go into the making of shochu are closely tied to the locality, much shochu is produced in the Kyushu region and on the minor islands of Japan.Awamori is a rice shochu that is a specialty of Okinawa Prefecture, and has the longest history among the various types of shochu. The appeal of shochu and awamori is that they make good use of the flavors derived from their ingredients, so one can savor the natural taste of these ingredients.