Origin of the name "DASSAI"
“Dassai” literally means "otter festival". This is a word that was used long ago in our region, Yamaguchi Prefecture, as there were many otters frolicking in the nearby rivers. Otters would lay out on the shore fishes they caught, almost as if they are showing them off – like one would do during in a festival.
Making sake is making dream. Let's open up a new era of Japanese sake.
But there is more.
A famous haiku poet named Masaoka Shiki took “Dassai” as a penname, because he would often scatter his reading material all over his room in much the same way otters spread out fish.
More importantly, Masaoka has revolutionized Japanese literature during Meiji era. And because we want to convey this notion as well, as part of our philosophy of sake crafting. The theme underlying Dassai sake is "Making sake is making dreams: opening a new era of sake". To us, this means that we shall never be obsessive about traditions or handcrafted techniques, but rather we want to revolutionize sake crafting, in so doing make a sake like no one has ever tasted.