A Symbol of the Recovery—Special Sake Ten no Tsubu
Have you ever heard of one of Fukushima’s specialty rice Ten no Tsubu (A grain of the Heaven)?
It’s a new variety of rice developed through 15-year efforts by Fukushima prefecture which didn’t have a rice variety appeals to all around the Country.
This time, Special Junmaishu (sake made with added alcohol or sugar) made with Ten no Tsubu is unveiled. The novel alcoholic beverage is also called Ten no Tsubu.
The announcement of the sake was made at the Royal Hotel Maruya in Fukushima.
It’s sold by JA Sōma, an agricultural cooperative, whose headquarter is located in Minamisōma.
“We have encouraged farmers to plant Ten no Tsubu first in restored rice fields in Hamadōri (the eastern region of Fukushima)” said JA Sōma’s Mr Yonezu.
Rice plants of Ten no Tsubu is disease-resistant and strong against lodging, so it’s a good choice to plant at restored fields.
“Also, because it’s Fukushima’s original rice brand, it’s a symbol of recovery.”
JA Sōma wanted to make a product made with Ten no Tsubu. Then they came up with the idea of Special Junmaishu Ten no Tsubu.
Suzuki Sake Brewery which moved to Yamagata’s Nagai from Fukushima’s Namie following the 2011 disaster, was offered a job to produce the sake.
Suzuki Sake Brewery had made Namie’s Specialty Sake Iwaki Kotobuki for generations. However, their establishments were destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
After they moved to Yamagata, they purchased a sake brewery and restored their business.
JA Sōma asked the Sake Brewery as both of them are from Hamadōri and wanted to make efforts for recovery together.
Ten no Tsubu rice has good luster and is as delicious as other popular rice varieties such as Koshihikari and Hitomebore.
The brand is named after its plant growing straight toward the sky and each grain receiving blessings of nature.
I had a chance to taste Ten no Tsubu rice and I was impressed by its deliciousness, luster and softness of just-cooked rice.
Special Junmaishu Ten no Tsubu has low sugar content as well as refreshing taste and is easy to drink.
The sake costs ￥1,480 (tax in).Its reservation started last December and 2,000 bottles has been already sold out.
The second shipment is planned on March.
Mr Yoneze hopes farmers regain their vigor and liven up Fukushima from Hamadōri.