A New Book Examines Japan’s Alcohol Industry and Its Storied History

Joe Udell
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

While Japan is a relatively small country — roughly the size of the state of Montana — its 2,000 active breweries and distilleries are responsible for more than 20,000 unique products.

That staggering output reflects the breadth of Japan’s rich drinking culture, which goes back more than 2,000 years and was even documented in the country’s oldest writings, the “Kojiki” (712 AD) and the “Nihon Shoki” (720 AD).

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