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Travelers’ Treasures / Masu Iroiro Set (Sake set in masu containers)

The beautiful Shodoshima island lies in the Seto Inland Sea. Located there is one of the three most beautiful gorges of Japan, Kankakei, known for the breathtaking panorama of the great gorge itself with an ocean view.

Mt. Hoshigajo is the source of mildly sweet spring water that pours from the top of the mountain, and also overlooks the stunning scenery of the gorge. Here, Morikuni Shuzo uses this spring water to brew sake at the island’s only sake brewery.

The Masu Iroiro Set is prepared at the master brewer’s handmade business, and uses rice that is ideal for sake brewing, with the rice harvested at the coastal regions of the Seto Inland Sea. This includes four different types of sake — junmai-ginjo, ginjo, junmai and honjozo — each differentiated by the degree of rice polishing or added alcohol, but all come with a square wooden sake cup called a masu. The reason for this is that sake made with spring water from such a nature-blessed island as Shodo-shima should not be served in a glass, but drunk from a masu to experience the authentic Japanese ambiance.

Price: ¥4,200

Manufacturer: Morikuni Shuzo Corp. in Shodoshima, Kagawa Prefecture (www.morikuni.jp)

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