Atmospheric distillation all the way.
Here's to the next unchanging
100 years of Mannen.
At present, elder brother Koichiro Watanabe(4th generation) and younger brother Junya Watanabe
are managing a distillery.
(from left to right : Junya Watanabe,Mariko Watanabe,Tomomi Watanabe,Koichiro Watanabe)
|The founder, Sugaichi Watanabe, left Ikata Village in Ehime Prefecture for the US in order to acquire skills in the forestry business.|
|1914||Sugaichi returned from the US and settled in Tano Village in Miyazaki Prefecture which was prospering in the forestry business. He purchased a shochu distillery that was for sale and set up Watanabe Distilling.|
|1919||The distillery burned down due to a fire next door. Sugaichi was discouraged but he was able to revive the distillery with the help of his neighbours.|
|1928||Sugaichi, who lost his only son young, adopted Keiko, the eldest daughter of his nephew, Tsurukichi Watanabe.|
|1946||Kazuo Watanabe (formerly Sakamoto), who was named as the successor of the distillery before he left for the war, officially became the second generation to run the distillery.|
|1975||The company name was changed to Watanabe Distillery Ltd. when it was incorporated.|
|1982||Kazuo's eldest son, Tomomi Watanabe, became the chief distiller and won the honour prize at the Revenue Office Sake Awards. To commemorate this, the prize-winning undiluted shochu was stored long term. It was sold 33 years later in 2014 as 100th Anniversary Daikoshu.|
|1996||Kazuo retired his post as president and Tomomi Watanabe became the third generation president.|
|2001||Tomomi's eldest son, Koichiro Watanabe, returned to the village to take over the distillery. Distillation by the three generations began.|
|2003||The first brand that Koichiro worked on after coming back to the village, Unfiltered Asahi Mannen, went on sale.|
|2011||Koichiro's younger brother, Junya Watanabe, joined the distillery and distillation by the siblings began.|
|2014||Tomomi retired from the post of president in April and Koichiro became the 4th generation president. A commemorative party was held to celebrate the new president and the 100th anniversary of Watanabe Distillery.|
|100th Anniversary Daikoshu went on sale in October.|
主Message from the President
Being surrounded by nature, Mannen is distilled in
the Town of Tano, which is part of the City of Miyazaki on
the Southern part of Kyushu Island.
Our hometown, the Town of Tano in Miyazaki City, spreads out at the foot of Wanitsuka Mountain,
the highest peak of the Wanitsuka Mountain range which soars above Miyazaki City,
Nichinan City and Mimata-cho in Kitamorokata County.
The Town of Tano, Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture is a mainly agricultural country town with fields and rice paddies. The symbol of our hometown, Tano, is Wanitsuka Mountain which towers over the south of the town stretching out over Miyazaki City, Nichinan City and Mimata-cho in Kitamorokata County. Asahi Mannen is distilled in the warm climate and natural features enveloped in a natural environment full of greenery typical of southern Kyushu.
The Town of Tano is Japan's No.1 dried daikon radish producer due to the cold Wanitsuka Oroshi winds that blow off Wanitsuka Mountain.
The symbol of the Town of Tano, which is a mainly agricultural town, is dried daikon radish. Production volume is the highest in Japan. In winter when the cold Wanitsuka Oroshi winds blows down over the plain, the daikon radish towers built all over the town are famous as a reminder of this particular season.
Access: approximately 20 minutes
by car from Miyazaki Airport.
|Tokyo (Haneda)||1 hour 45 minutes||Miyazaki|
|Osaka (Itami)||1 hour 10 minutes||Miyazaki|
|JR||Nippo Main Line|
|By car||Public highways ＋ Miyazaki Expressway|
|Miyazaki Airport||20 minutes||Tano|
The Town of Tano, where Watanabe Distillery is located, is close to the centre of Miyazaki City. It is possible to access the Town of Tano from Miyazaki Station or Miyazaki Airport by expressway or JR train in around 20 minutes. Please feel free to drop by when you visit Miyazaki Prefecture.