Since the ancient era, there are 6 valleys radiating in all directions on Mt. Futago, located at the center of Kunisaki peninsula, and numbers of temples with the Tendai sect or school of Buddhism were erected abundantly. However, this area, called by locals as Rokugou-manzan, a mountain with 6 regions, was also known as the place where Usa shrine, the head shrine of all national Hachiman shrines, has been protected and deeply influenced. Thus the unique combination of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines has formed, providing the Buddhist cultural environment of Rokugou-manzan, so-called “Hotoke no sato”. It is believed that the Ninmon Bosatsu monk was the founder of Rokugou-manzan and we are celebrating to have its 1,300th memorial in 2018.
On March 29, 2016, a ceremony was held at our brewery to have a pray in hopes for Buddha to grant our wishes. The Usa shrine, a ritual prayer of Shintoism, blessed it with norito for the world peace and the Rokugou-manzan sacred ground members chanted the Heart Sutra of Buddhism. It was one of the peculiar features of the synchretization of Shinto and Buddhism.
With this ceremony, the “Sensanbyakunen no Inori”, the sake which we poured our soul into our work, now contains the cultural tradition of the Rokugou-manzan and the pray for the prosperity of our home, Kunisaki. We present this memorial sake to you with a taste of “Gomi ichinyo” of special genuine brewed sake, and a hope for the Buddha’s blessing.
Kayashima Brewery locates at the northeast of Kunisaki peninsula. Kunisaki peninsula, protruding in a round shape towards the Suou Sea, is known as the place where the Buddhist culture prospered in the Nara and the Heian era, from 8th to early 12th century, and is being called as the “Hotoke no sato”, the home of the Gods. The synchretization of Shinto and Buddhism, which could merely be found in any other part of Japan nowadays, has been successfully inherited for almost 1300 years. You can feel the pure spirit of the ancient within the Buddhist statues, stone Buddha statues, and the traditional events or activities. Kayashima Brewery is proudly present you the “Sensanbyakunen no Inori”, a memorial sake to celebrate the milestone, with the blessing of Usa shrine and Rokugou-manzan sacred ground members, hoping that Buddha grants our wishes. With our sake, you can enjoy the rich scent and “Gomi ichinyo”, the complete harmony of five tastes; sweetness, sourness, hot taste, bitterness, and astringent taste.
Kayashima Sake Brewing Fifth generation Susumu Kayashima