May 17, 2019
Twenty-two brands of sake from Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan have won top prizes in an annual national sake contest. The figure is the highest in the country for a seventh straight year.
Judges evaluated the aroma and taste of over 850 brands in this year’s contest.
A local Fukushima newspaper issued extra editions announcing the achievement.
A man who received a copy said that even though some may still have a negative image of Fukushima, he wants more people to know about the prefecture’s charms through sake.
People working at the Fukushima prefectural government office showed excitement about the result.
Fukushima Tourism Promotion Bureau head Yasuji Miyamura said high recognition of Fukushima sake gives hope to local people and breweries who’ve faced hard times after the 2011 disaster.