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June 2007

Ask Beau - "How Many Prefectures Do You Carry?"

Posted by admin in 2007, Ask Beau, June, Newsletter

I received a question from Hiro K. in Nashville, Tennessee who asked:

"How many prefectures are represented in your store?"

Beau Timken

Hiro that is a great question! I have never really tallied the number up before, and in guessing I assumed about 25 prefectures tops. But per usual I was WRONG! So I tip my cap to you for making me think along these lines.

As we all know there are 47 "Prefectures" recognized in Japan.

At True Sake we carry "products" from 38 of those 47 prefectures. That's pretty amazing! So then curiosity called and I wanted to know which prefecture had the most exposure at the store. The winner or most "represented" prefecture at True Sake is Niigata with 36 different product offerings. Second place for the time being is Kyoto with 22 products. And Yamagata follows this with 17 and Akita and Ibaraki with 14 each.

At last count, they produce sake in every prefecture except one. That leaves us with 8 more prefectures to go, and of course we will work on that!

Oh and here's a little in-store joke. 9 out of 10 times when somebody walks into the store and asks if we have sakes from a certain prefecture - and we show them - the person says "thanks" and walks out. They never buy a bottle. They either try to impress the person they are with or try to get us to ask if they lived or visited that prefecture. It happens all of the time.

Please send your sake specific questions to askbeau2 @ (This address is not for general questions and I only review the questions once per month. All correspondence should use info @

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