Drinkable Image: Kyoya Shuzo, Nichinan, Japan

Japan’s southernmost home island, Kyushu, is the center of the shochu-distilling universe. Kyoya, located in the town of Nichinan in Miyazaki Prefecture, is among the world-class Kyushu distilleries, blending tradition with modern technology. That brownish vessel is a traditional clay fermentation pot, which usually sits just below floor level, with its opening on the floor’s surface.

Photo: Jeff Cioletti
Photo: Jeff Cioletti

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