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7 People who contributed to the development of Higashihiroshima City 

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Senzaburo Miura
 
 Saijo, Higashihiroshima City, is known nationwide for its sake.
 Saijo in Higashihiroshima City is known nationwide as a famous sake producing town, along with Nada in Hyogo Prefecture and Fushimi in Kyoto Prefecture.
Many people worked hard to make Saijo sake this famous. Among them was Senzaburo Miura from Mitsu, Akitsu Cho, who developed new technology to make better sake.

Sake breweries

Bronze statue of Senzaburo Miura in Sakakiyamahachiman Shrine in Mitsu, Akitsu Cho

Saijo is a famous sake producing town in Japan.

Repeated failure
Senzaburo started producing sake in 1876 to make delicious sake. However, he had trouble making good sake. No matter hard he tried, most sake he made went bad.
“There must be a reason why I fail,”
Senzaburo thought. Naturally passionate about studying, refused to give up and looked for the reason. He sometimes disagreed with the master brewers who were the leaders of sake production.
 
Let’s find out how he developed the new technology.
Let’s study the sake production method, too.

New technology
In 1893, someone told Senzaburo that the first issue for sake production was water, and that making delicious sake using the same method but with a different kind of water was impossible. Senzaburo examined the water in Mitsu and found out that it was soft water not suited to sake production.
 Senzaburo conducted repeated experiments and researche to find a method to produce delicious sake with soft water.
In 1898, he came up with a brewing method called the soft water brewing method. Instead of depending on the master brewers’ skills and instincts, he developed this method to make sake slowly at a low temperature in a clean sake brewery, using thermometers. The taste changed as a result, and he succeeded in turning Hiroshima, which went bad easily, into delicious sake.
Senzaburo’s effort finally bore fruit. Senzaburo did not keep his method hidden from anyone. He even wrote it down and shared with other sake brewers. He also sent out his master brewer to teach his method. Instead of pursuing personal profit, he wanted to develop the sake production technology of his town.
 
Why did the new method spread?

 
Soft water brewing method by Senzaburo Miura
○Use a thermometer
○Keep the sake brewery clean
○Let the sake ferment slowly at a low temperature

 

Akitsu Folk Museum on the third floor of Cultural Welfare Center.
You can see materials related to Senzaburo and learn about sake production history.

Let’s discuss and write down Senzaburo Miura’s achievements.