Nara prefecture is the birthplace of Japanese culture and it hosts many large temples and shrines including the world’s oldest wooden building, which is recognized as Japan’s cultural heritage. Since the 8th century, Shinto priests of kasugataisha (Kasuga Shrine) have brewed sake in order to make offerings to the gods.
In 1884, when the Meiji government ordered the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism, the Imanishi clan ended its sacred work and started brewing sake, becoming the official sake brewery of the Kasuga Shinroku (Kasuga deer of the gods). Later it was changed to Harushika (Spring deer).
Harushika’s motto could be translated to: ““Polish the rice, the water, the technique and the mind”.