JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.94




Japan has abundant water resources, and a variety of forms of alcohol are made from high quality underground water.

Sake is the representative of such alcohol. It is also known as “rice wine” abroad, and is popular with foreign tourists who visit Japan.

Sake is a brewed and matured alcoholic beverage made with rice, rice-malt (kome-koji) and water. It is said that there are over 10,000 varieties of sake.

Sake has an ancient history as a beloved alcohol of the people that has been passed down for over 1,000 years through the present day.

Further, there is a saying that “sake is the best medicine,” meaning that it is good for health to drink in moderate quantities. Sake is served at celebratory occasions such as Japan’s coming of age ceremony, weddings.

November 1st is the Anniversary of the Establishment of JSDF. JSDF personnel perform the kagami biraki ceremony of breaking open a sake cask with a mallet to liven up the festivities to celebrate the anniversary on bases, anchored escort vessels, and at other locations.

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