Cedar branches cut and collected for “SUGIDAMA”, Cedar Ball.
“SUGIDAMA” means a ball made of branches of Cedar trees. For Japanese SAKE Breweries, the SUGIDAMA is very important symbol to inform completion of brewing processes of new Sake for customers. If you find the SUGIDAMA, Cedar Ball, hung on the eaves above the entrance of the Sake brewery or Sake shop, you can get new Sake of the year.
One sunny autumn day, we sent our mission to collect huge branches of cedar trees to make the new SUGIDAMA for this year.
I ask my colleague lumberman who is also President of a lumber company living in Maniwa City to allow cut and collect branches of cedar trees every year.
On our arrival of destination in the certain mountain, the superb view spreading in front of us and it excited us. At the same time, Cliff of horror under our feet・・・（*_*;
The colleague lumberman whispered “The toughest cliff in recent several years.”
We filled our stomach with beautiful Lunch Bento and the beautiful sky view above that cliff. Delicious Muscat for dessert encouraged us stepping out to the cliff for our mission The Ceder Branches.
Somebody slipped, the other fell down, next disappeared despite of their bravery.
After that, each person managed to secure a foothold and the truck became full of cedar blanches in about two hours.
The mission was cleared,
Written by Yuji, President of the College of Sake Brewery and the Company