From Kyoto Station, travelling by local bus for an hour and a half,
brings you through one tunnel after the next,
while you gradually find yourself in a completely different place from the city.
For instance, an ax for cutting trees is called "Yoki",
which represents the four spirits (or Yoki, in Japanese), earth, water, fire and wind.
Before workers begin to work in the new mountain,
they lean the Yoki ax onto a tree and greet the mountain deity with an offering of sake.
On one side of the Yoki is inscribed three (mi) lines and four (yo) lines on the other side,
representing holy sake (miki) and Yoki respectively, or the wish that no dangers would fall upon the body.
As such, the symbols of Yoki have multiple special meanings and it is spiritually important tool
to connect the world or humans to the world of the mountains.
In the winter season with its fierce coldness,
the chief brewer stirs the barrel every morning to check the fermentation level,
adjusts the temperature as well as evaporates the carbon dioxide gas generated through
the fermentation process. The water in Keihoku has a lot of underground water that is rich in minerals.
By using this water to brew sake, it has a distinctively mild and fruity taste.
A distinct set of four seasons and diverse nature cultivates
a rich culture and unique people in Keihoku.
The places like here in Keihoku are called ‘SATOYAMA’ in Japanese,
where people live sustainably in harmony with nature.