The Vision of the President – Sake Starts with Rice
Izumibashi Sake Brewery was founded with the name “Hashiba” by first-generation president Yuhachi Hashiba in 1857, during Japan’s Edo era. The company started as farmers growing table rice, with sake brewing just a side business. It was in 1956 when the fourth-generation president reopened the brewery after the war, the company was officially renamed as “Izumibashi Sake Brewery Co, Ltd”. The name is a combination of the “Izumi” in “Izumikawa”, a river north of the brewery, and the first kanji character from the original company name, “Hashiba”.
After the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995, the current, sixth-generation president Yuichi Hashiba realised the importance of living in the moment; he then left his job in the financial industry and returned to run the family business. He believes that delicious sake starts with great sake rice, and that great sake rice begins with protecting the akatombo, the dragonflies that reside in the agrochemical-free rice paddies in Ebina: the brand’s icon and symbol of good luck in Japanese culture.