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- Nara, Japan's first international capital, is home to many large temples and shrines, including the Great Buddha Hall, the world's largest wooden structure recognized as a World Heritage Site, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and Horyuji Temple. In this environment, the sake brewing business was established in the Meiji era. The sake was named Harushika after Kasuga Taisha Shrine and its sacred animal, the deer. Today, Harushika sake is exported to more than 10 countries throughout Japan and the world.