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Sake and Agriculture

Rice. The key ingredient of sake is also the staple of Japanese food culture. There have been periods in the past when obtaining enough to simply live was a struggle. The ancestors of many Japanese today anxiously watched over the cultivation of rice as if with prayers on their lips, and when the season of harvest came without incident, they would brew some sake as a way of expressing divine thanks. As with wine in other cultures, making sake traditionally fell to the hands of…

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