Obata Shuzo Brewery, producer of Manotsuru, is located on Sado Island in the Niigata Prefecture of Japan. Famed for its jizake, or unique, “micro-brewed” sakes, Niigata is well known for producing excellent sake, with its climate, rice, water, and people all contributing to the quality of their sake. Since 1982, Obata Shuzo has been producing hand-made, premium sake using pure, soft groundwater and world-famous sake rice. The kura - brewery - is still owned and managed by the Obata family. The toji - master brewer - is the acclaimed Kenya Kudo.