Sake vol.4 - Hamakawa Shoten Co. Ltd. "Junmai Daiginjo -- Sekai no Tsubasa"

2017.03.09 | Kochi

Brewery’s History

The town of Tano in the Aki District facing the Pacific Ocean in eastern Kochi Prefecture used to flourish as a place for collecting wood transported from upstream. The beautiful forests gave birth to an abundant supply of crystal clear water. In Meiji 37 (1904), Kintaro Hamakawa, the second-generation owner of a local shipping agent, began brewing sake by making use of this soft water and branded it “Hama no Tsuru.” 
Over the years, the environment surrounding sake brewing has changed drastically. In an era when “futsushu” (“ordinary” sake) became popular and price competition escalated amid mass production, it was tough times for a small brewery like Hamakawa Shoten. This was the reality faced by Naoaki Hamakawa when he took over as the fifth-generation owner.


Brewer’s Commitment

Hamakawa Shoten was among the first in Kochi Prefecture to engage in brewing Junmai sake and has been committed all along to produce best quality Japanese rice wine. Determined “to make great tasting sake no matter what,” Hamakawa began the production for Ginjo despite opposition from his predecessor as well as the brewery’s workers. Hamakawa certainly was worried about funding and equipment at the time. This was how “Bijofu” was born -- and all this, took place some 20 years ago. This sake is the product of Hamakawa’s devotion to produce handmade, premium sake and not to succumb to the pressures of mass production.


Bijofu Junmai Daiginjo Sekai no Tsubasa


  • This is a “nakatori” Junmai Daiginjo that uses top quality Yamadanishiki rice from the Tojo town, a Special A district in Hyogo Prefecture known to be the best producer of rice for brewing sake, polished to 45%. 


  • An elegant and subtle fragrance accompanied with a refreshing, citrus acidity, this sake is easy and smooth on the tongue. A touch of sweetness and umami spreads in the mouth, it offers a crisp aftertaste.

Story Behind the Label, Brand Name

  • "Bijofu" means handsome and mighty man. The sake brand was named after the Tosa hero Sakamoto Ryoma. In addition, it was also given the name “Sekai no Tsubasa” (Wings of the World) with the hopes that it will be loved by people from all around the world. This sake has been chosen as one of the alcoholic drinks served to First Class customers on Japan Airlines’ international flights.



Brewery Name Hamakawa Shoten Co. Ltd.
Address 2150 Tano, Aki District, Kochi Prefecture
Representative Naoaki Hamakawa (CEO)
Master Brewer Akira Ohara
Established 1904
Most famous brand Bijofu



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