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- Kiyamasa Sake Brewery was founded in 1818 on the Hatsuse-kaido road connecting Nara and Kyoto to Ise Shrine. It is said that the company's ancestors immigrated from Imabari in the early Edo period, following the Todo family. The brewery was originally a lumber merchant, hence the name "Kiyasho. The Iga Basin is located at an elevation of 150 m above sea level in the center of the Kii Peninsula. The basin has long been famous for its rice production due to its stable precipitation and large temperature difference between morning and evening. It is also blessed with clear subsoil water of the Nabarigawa River, which is at the top of the Kizu River system joining the Yodo River, for brewing. The sixth generation brewer, Tadakatsu Onishi, returned to the brewery in 2004 and named the sake he brewed as tojiji (master brewer) "Jikon". Jikon" is a word based on a legend of Zen Buddhism, meaning "to live the present moment to the fullest, without being preoccupied with the past or the future.