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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 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.
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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-san 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, Ueda Tadao. He took over Tokutaro 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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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.