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"I want to share some delicious brewed sake" is a quote that has been passed down the generations.

The first generation founder Tokutaro Ueda 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.
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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.
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The store was burned in an air raid. But Tokutaro did not give up his dream of sharing "this delicious brewed sake" and soon resumed his liquor store operations.
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The store was subsequently inherited by the second generation, Tadao Ueda. He took over his father's Spirits and Ueda Liquor store, operating successfully although on a smaller scale.
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The store was fully renovated and was renamed Winehouse Ueda. The store expanded its range to feature rare wine selections alongside traditional Japanese drinks. 
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Current owner, Hisao Ueda is the grandson of the founder  Tokutaro Ueda. Hisao renamed the business Sake Takakura to commemorate his hometown Takakura-Cho. This store focused on stocking unique local flavours from small breweries all over Japan. In 2005, he launched an award-winning online store specialising in Umeshu and other fruit liqueurs.