Regarding the Effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Current Restoration Situation
- Urakasumi Sake Brewery Saura Co., Ltd -
Following the Great East Japan Earthquake which happened on March 11th, 2011, we have received warm encouragement and support. We would like to express our deepest gratitude for that. This is a report of the effects of the disaster and the current restoration situation at our brewery.
The Main Brewery, Shiogama
Shiogama registered an upper 6 on the Japanese earthquake scale, and the premises were flooded by the tsunami. However, all employees were safe. As for the buildings, the siding of earthen buildings, including the brewery itself, fell off in some places. In addition, some machines and equipment suffered water damage, and nearly 30,000 bottles of sake were damaged. Even though it was the peak of the Ginjo (premium sake) season, production had to be suspended. Since then, we have repaired the buildings and fixed or replaced the affected equipment in order to resume bottling work. On June 1st 2011, we began to ship products on a first-come, first-served basis.
In Taisho Kura and Kyoho Kura, the damaged tanks were replaced, and brewing was resumed in September and at the end of November respectively. We were able to start production as usual for the brewery year 2011. Moreover, the exterior renovations were completed by the middle of December, making it look much the same as before.
Yamoto Brewery, Higashi Matsushima
Yamoto brewery suffered only relatively small damage, so bottling work was resumed on April 7th 2011. On the same night, however, the biggest aftershock following 3/11 (a magnitude 7.2) hit, which forced us to suspend production again. Then, with the restoration of essential utilities, the operation was resumed April 14th, 2011. On April 19th, we started rice washing for the first time after the quake, and sake brewing was also resumed.
We have received warm support from many people since the quake. Without this support, we would not have been able to start making progress towards full recovery. We would like to express our deepest gratitude for that. We will continue to make a concerted effort to deliver high quality Urakasumi sake.
Since Urakasumi was established more than 280 years ago, the company has been supported by the community and walked alongside the community. Therefore, this year we are continuing our project " Towards Recovery: Go for it! Miyagi, the Power of Sake by Urakasumi," which started in April 2011. We will strive for full recovery together with our community.
The products were knocked over.
On March 14th, 2011
Sake mash was spilt. Every damaged tank was replaced.
On March 22nd, 2011