Our brewery was founded in Kumihama township in the Kyotango region of Kyoto Prefecture in 1842, where we have made sake ever since.
Our brand name, Tamagawa, can be translated as “Jewel River”, and is thought to derive from the Kawakamidani River which flows by the brewery.
The character 川 (kawa or gawa in compound words) is an ideogram showing the flow of a river, which is what it means.
Tama (玉) means an orb or a jewel, and by extension expresses the idea of precious beauty.
It is thought that the name reflects the reverence in which our ancestors held rivers and water in the Shinto tradition.