Because SAKE brewing requires relatively lower temperatures, warmer regions drifted towards SHOCHU.

Many Southern Prefectures still boast their close and "special" history and relationship with SHOCHU. In particular, Kagoshima Prefecture remains the only prefecture in Japan that produces ONLY SHOCHU, NO SAKE. Mention "SAKE" there, and you are sure to be served the sweet, pungent local YAM SHOCHU.