Brand mark About Nishikawa Honten Inc.

The Originator of High-quality Persimmon Tannin Juice, Tamashibu

Four hundred years ago in the Azuchi-Momoyama Era, the founder of Nishikawa Honten, Shirou Uemon, settled in Oumi, present-day Momoyama, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. His descendants took  the name, Shirou Hyouemon.

During the Genroku Period (1688-1704), the family started manufacturing persimmon tannin from astringent persimmons commonly produced in Momoyama. The family already traded with Fushimi's sake (rice wine) makers, serving persimmon tannin as coating paint for sacks to filter sake, or wooden buckets.

A Japanese castle
A Japanese castle
Barrels of sake
Barrels of sake
From 1866 to the Meiji Era (1868-1912), the family noticed the effect of matured, high-quality persimmon tannin juice (Tamashibu) to clarify white opaque sake, and they expanded the use of persimmon tannin, which was previously used only as paint. Since then, the family was called Tamashibuya, and regarded as the originator of Tamashibu.

At the beginning of the Taisho Era (1912-1926), as the land of Momoyama became the site of the Meiji Emperor's Imperial Mausoleum (Fushimi Momoyama Goryo), the manufacturing facilities moved to the south, Minamiyamashiro area. Since then, the factories in the area have been expanded.

Factories in the Minamiyamashiro area are located at the following sites:

In 1927, the late head of the family advanced into Osaka, and founded a new market. The family opened a new shop, today's "Osaka Nishikawa shouten." As the use of Tamashibu to settle dregs to produce clear sake popularized, the family continued to improve its quality, and created the basis for today's superior quality Kotobuki mark and the brand name among sake makers all over Japan.

Established three hundred years ago, Nishikawa Honten is the most trusted source for producing 100% pure persimmon tannin juice in Fushimi, Kyoto.

The brand mark
The brand mark

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Nishikawa Honten Inc.

Higashi-machi 10, Momoyama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Japan

What is Persimmon Tannin
Juice (Kaki-shibu)?
Various Uses of
Persimmon Tannin
Making of Perssimon Tannin
Juice (Kaki-shibu)