Masataka Taketsuru "the visionary" born in 1894 from an ancient family of sake producers, Masataka Taketsuru is considered the father of Japanese whiskey. After doing chemical studies, he finds a job in an Osaka company, Settsu Shuzo, which cultivates the dream of producing a Japanese whiskey. In 1919 he was then sent to Scotland to acquire the technical background; here he is passionate about the world of spirits and dreams of creating his own distillery. Returned home he is hired by the Kotobukiya group, which instructs him to build a distillery near Kyoto; that's how, in 1924, he became the father of the first Japanese whiskey. In 1934, then, he created the company Nippo Kaju and built the Yoichi distillery on the island of Hokkaido. At the height of the war, in October 1940, the first bottle was born. In 1952 the company takes the final name of Nikka Whiskey. The success is such as to allow the installation of a second distillery, in 1969, on the island of Honsu. The Yoichi distillery is located 50 km west of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido. Miyagikyo is located on the island of Honshu, west of the city of Sendai.