"I want to share some delicious brewed sake" is a quote that has been passed down the generations.
The first generation founder Utada Tokutaro was born in Nara Prefecture.
As the sixth son of a timber distributor, he ventured into sake distribution at the age of 21, due to his love of the drink.
Tokutaro's dream came true in 1935 when he opened The Ueda Liquor Store. Unfortunately, the store was flooded badly due a large typhoon that hit Kansai a year later. A smaller liquor store opened in Osaka, Miyakojima.
The store was burned in an air raid. But Tokutaro-san did not give up his dream of sharing "this delicious brewed sake" and soon resumed his liquor store operations.
The store was subsequently inherited by the second generation, Ueda Tadao. He took over Tokutaro Spirits and Ueda Liquor store, operating successfully although on a smaller scale.
The store was fully renovated and was renamed Winehouse Ueda. The store expanded its range to feature rare wine selections alongside traditional Japanese drinks.
The third generation was inherited by Ueda Hisao. The business was then renamed Sake Takakura to commemorate Hisao-san's hometown Takakura Cho.
This store focused on stocking unique local flavours from small breweries all over Japan.