The Urakasumi brewery (Miyagi-Prefecture) was founded in 1724 to brew sake as an offering to the gods of Shiogama Shrine, which was loved and admired by the leader of the Sendai Clan. Shiogama was an important port town, being the gateway to the sea for the city of Sendai.
The water used for brewing sake is drawn from wells near Matsushima Bay, and is relatively hard water with the proper amount of nutrients for healthy yeast development. Using techniques accumulated over many years, highly polished rice is fermented slowly at low temperatures using their in-house yeast. Urakasumi (“Misty Bay”, Ura is Bay and Kasumi is Mist) continues to provide fragrant, light sake with a well-rounded flavor. With the consummate skill of a brew master, Urakasumi brew sake that has been described as maboroshi, a dreamy sake. It has been honored and won the gold prize 33 times in 47 years.