With their fierce regional variations and local pride, the Western and Southern regions of Japan boast claim to their own native alcoholic beverage - SHOCHU.

Matter of fact, when you say the word "SAKE" in these parts, chances are you will be served "SHOCHU."

 

SHOCHU is an indigenous DISTILLED alcoholic beverage of Japan, most likely arriving in the Island of Kyushu in the 1500s through Thailand, China, or Korea.

As with most spirits from around the world, SHOCHU reflects the culmination of local ingenuity and realities - climate, food, and available materials.

 

The Western and Southern parts of Japan, especially the Island of Kyushu, are considerably warmer than the Northern parts.