Nanbu Bijin Brewery, located in Ninohe city, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, has produced internationally recognized sake since 1902 and bears the English name, "Southern Beauty"
Nanbu Bijin Brewery, located in Ninohe city, Iwate Prefecture, was founded in 1902. This area of northern Japan is blessed with beautiful natural reserves–pristine ground water, two national parks, and a lake. Nanbu 南部 literary means "southern", but the actual meaning stems from the traditional name of the region. Bijin 美人 means "beautiful woman" and is derived from the brewery's mission to produce clean, beautiful sake. Nanbu Bijin is loved internationally, as it lives up to its English name, "Southern Beauty."
Kosuke Kuji was born in 1972, the eldest son of Hiroshi Kuji, the 4th generation owner of Nanbu Bijin Brewery. Kosuke Kuji studied the art of making sake and shochu at the prestigious Tokyo University of Agriculture, learning from professor Takeo Koizumi, who is a well regarded authority on fermented foods. Nanbu Bijin sake has received many awards in national and international sake competitions and also were the first to create a certified Kosher and "no sugar added" plum sake made with only koji rice and locally sourced green plums from Iwate. Kosuke Kuji is well regarded in the sake industry as a strong community supporter of the Tokhoku region of Japan and as an energetic, enthusiastic speaker about all things sake. His enthusiasm and hard work have won over many people to try and then love sake.
飲んだ時に笑顔あふれる太陽のような酒 "I want to brew sake that makes people smile like the sun shines." - Kosuke Kuji