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Ep 29: Emergence of Sake Series: Bodaimoto and How Oda Nobunaga Ended Soboshu

Soboshu, the sake brewed by monks played a very important role in the development of sake brewing techniques in medieval Japan. The monasteries possessed many key components necessary for successful sake-making: economic power, skilled labour force, scientific knowledge and strong political clout. However, it all was ended by Oda Nobunaga, who saw temples as a threat to his rule.

One of the very significant inventions was bodaimoto, a brewing technique developed by the monks of the Shoryaku-ji Temple on Mt. Bodai in Nara, which opened the way to brewing sake in commercial qualities. I was also talking about bodaimoto in Episode 2 of the podcast.

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Episode’s Content:

  • Sake innovations by monks
  • How bodaimoto is made
  • Kamakura period and Sake Prohibition
  • Muromachi periods: the start of the commercialisation of sake brewing
  • Sengoku Jidai: the end of soboshu
  • End of the era and pre-Edo sake
  • Sake of the episode: Gozenshu Junmai Bodaimoto Usu-nigori Namazake Misty Stream

Sake mentioned:
Gozenshu Junmai Bodaimoto Usu-nigori Namazake Misty Stream
Tsuji Honten
Tengu Sake

Sake Deep Drive Episode 2: Bodaimoto – Brewing at the Buddha’s Foot

Sugidama Podcast on Podchaser – please review if you don’t use Apple Podcasts

Music used:
Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown

Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz


Vocal: Svetlanr 


Alex is a London-based sake blogger, podcaster, IWC Sake judge and sake advocate. He is a publisher of the Sugidama Blog website and a host of the Sugidama Podcast. Alex has an International Kikisake-shi (Sake Specialist) qualification from SSI (Sake Service Institute). He sees his mission as expanding the awareness of Japanese sake among as many people as possible and helping the growing community of sake lovers to bring together beautiful Japanese sake and non-Japanese food as a way to build a better understanding between our cultures.

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