Updated at 2023-05-22
Kuma shochu is sake made from fermented koji rice harvested in the southern part of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. It is registered as a protected designation of origin, and only sake produced by recognized breweries in the Hitoyoshi Basin can be labeled as Kuma shochu. From left to right, the three sake bottles in the picture represent the SL Hitoyoshi (SL stands for steam locomotive), Aodori (a kingfisher indigenous to Hitoyoshi), and A-Train (an Amakusa sightseeing train for adults).
Area: 7,410 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 1,720,000
Main industries/ features: Agriculture. Famous for Mount Aso, which is the largest active volcano in Japan.