The founder of Michisakari was Tetsuji Mizuno, who started to brew sake here in 1771 (today's President is the 7th generation). At that time, the brewery's name was Maruo, a name kept until the end of the 19th century, when it was changed to Kogane. In 1926, Michisakari was chosen; it means "we shall flourish for three thousand years." In the 1960s the trend in Japan was for sweeter sake; however, the Chairman at the time, Takakichi Mizuno, loved dry sake. He took a huge risk and asked his Master Brewer to study and start making super dry sake. The famous novelist (awarded the Order of Culture by the Japanese government), Tatsuo Nagai, happened upon Michisakari by chance. He fell in love with the clear, dry flavours and so recommended it to many acquaintances and Japanese restaurants. Michisakari is now considered the best brand in the dry sake field and it is the current President's wish for people to enjoy the clean, refreshing flavour of Michisakari with friends and family.