Origin of Sake - 3

There is also a theory that sake brewing using koji was introduced from China from the Yamato period to the Nara period (around the 4th to 8th centuries).

According to "Kojiki" [The Records of Ancient Matters], there is a description that Baekje people who came to Japan during the reign of Emperor Ojin (end of the 4th century to the 5th century) brewed sake using koji and presented it to him.

Emperor Ojin was intoxicated with the presented sake and composed a poem;

「 須(す)須(す)許(こ)理(り)賀(が) 迦(か)美(み)斯(し)美(み)岐(き)邇(に) 和(わ)禮(れ)惠(ゑ)比(ひ)邇(に)祁(け)理(り) 許(こ)登(と)那(な)具(ぐ)志(し) 惠(ゑ)具(ぐ)志(し)爾(に) 和(わ)禮(れ)惠(ゑ)比(ひ)邇(に)祁(け)理(り)」

"Susukoriga Kamisimikini Ware-e-hinikeri Kotonagushi Egushini Ware-e-hinikeri"

(The sake brewed by Susukori made me drunk. I got drunk on safe and peaceful sake, happy sake, sake that makes me laugh.)

When he went out with singing like this, he tried to hit by his cane to a large stone on the road to Osaka, the stone itself rolled to avoid it.

From this, a proverb 「堅石(カタシハ)も酔人(ヱヒビト)を避く」 “Even a hard stone avoids a drunken man.'' was born.


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