Speaking of Ako, a seaside city in western Harima, it reminds me of its salt and that story. There is a sake named after the story, Chushingura. The brewery that makes the sake used to be a merchant patronized by Lord Asano of Ako, and it is now the only one that remains around the area. Chushingura, born around 1975, is a relatively young sake, but it tastes precisely like old sake. Kimoto, a traditional brewing method, is the key to the taste. The moment you drink it, you will feel the strong taste of rice with high acidity. This will leave a lingering, complex flavor but with a clean finish… Wait, that’s just like the story of Chushingura.