Founded in 1857
In 1857 founder of Izumibashi established a brewery in the middle of Ebinako-chi (rice granary at Ebina-city), which is one of the best granaries in the Kanagawa prefecture and started to brew sake (rice wine) with bountiful rice grown by local farmers and rich underflow water coming from Tanzawa cordillera.
Ebinako-chi was cultivated at an ancient time, maintained and succeeded by generations of local farmers as the field for growing rice. Based on the old writing, Ebinako-chi was already developed as rice fields in the seventh century. Izumibashi dream to hand over the tradition of rice growing together with that of making sake to the future generations. We believe sake is not only brewed products, but also agricultural products, so our sake making begins from the rice field at Ebinako-chi.
Our top priority for making sake is safety and security of products. Our belief is to deliver wonderful and secure sake to our customers and sustain agricultural environment with appreciation to the blessing of nature.
Origin of Izumibashi～retrace with old pictures～
Our brand name “Izumibashi” is coming from old agricultural landscape. We will explain with an aerial photo taken in 1927.
The rice fields in the picture are called “Ebinako-chi.” There is Izumibashi at the lower center and Izumi River flow vertically in the center of Ebinako-chi. As you can see, Izumi River supplied water to the rice fields.
“Izumibashi” is combination of “Izumi” River and “Hashi”ba (founder’s family name). The meaning of “Izumi-bashi” in Japanese is as following; “Izumi” means “spring” and “bashi” (or “hashi”) means “bridge.” So, we hope you could imagine the old agricultural landscape of river and rice fields from our brand name.
However, Izumi River was filled in by a land improvement project from 1930 to 1935 and straight irrigation channels were built instead. Now, Izumi River only exists in our brand name.
The picture above is the aerial photo taken in 1972. There is no Izumi River; however, rice fields are plotted widely and neatly. This obviously improves the efficiency and effectiveness of local agriculture; especially it was essential for introduction of mechanized farming equipments. Also, you can see current Izumibashi. We appreciate local predecessors for keeping this beautiful agricultural environment.