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- A small sake brewery located in Kiyama-cho, on the eastern edge of Kyushu's Saga Prefecture, on the border with Fukuoka Prefecture. Motoyama Shoten was founded in the early Meiji period (1868-1912) by several local landowners who began brewing sake together. The brewery has been brewing sake with the single-minded goal of providing the local people with delicious sake by taking advantage of the abundant natural blessings of Motoyama and the subterranean water that springs from Mt. The brand name "Kibotsuru" is derived from the graceful figure of a crane soaring gracefully over the bosom of Motoyama, where the Kii Castle, a special national historic site, rises above the mountain. We have a strong commitment to rice, and have been cultivating Yamada-Nishiki rice under contract with local farmers for the past 30 years. We will continue to brew sake in Kiyama, always keeping in mind the irreplaceable nature, history, and culture of this region.