VISION

“Making Japanese SAKE
into a worldwide alcoholic drink”

At the moment, only a handful of people know about Japanese sake and are enjoying its taste, both in Japan and elsewhere. However, by providing a new choice of sake to people all over the world, we aim to create the biggest revolution in the history of alcohol. Moreover, by “making Japanese sake into a worldwide alcoholic drink”, we aim to create a new value in the world, and continue to spread surprises, smiles and excitement to the dining table all over the world.

MISSION

“Enriching life from the exciting creation of SAKE”

We usually drink alcohol without putting much thought into our drinks that we consume. But what if that one glass was “a thrilling sake that made your heart skip a beat”? We believe that life would be much more fun and enriching. As a group of “fermentation geeks”, we have some of the world's most advanced SAKE brewing technology, where we aim to create a world where anyone can enjoy sake in a more liberating, exciting way.

VALUES

《 Our three values 》

  1. 1. Think Outside the Box
  2. 2. Be Quality Concious
  3. 3. Take Initiative

WAKAZE is a team that creates new values with our unique brewing technology and continues to spread it worldwide with new approaches. From brewing to sales, we will consistently act with three value standards.

《 1. Think Outside the Box 》
By having an ever-evolving mindset, we will continue to work with an innovative approach.

《 2. Be Quality Concious 》
Be Quality Concious:Always striving for the highest quality and looking at the essence of things, not just superficially.

《 3. Take Initiative 》
Everyone will take leadership, initiate actions towards society, and take part in the revolution of CRAFT SAKE.

Company information

Company Name WAKAZE Inc.
Business Segment Production and Selling of Japanese SAKE
Company Address Head Office
5-22, Suehiro-cho, Tsuruoka-city, Yamagata Prefecture, 997-0015
Tokyo Office
1-39-7-406 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0024
Sangenjaya Brewery / Whim SAKE & TAPAS
1-15-12 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0004
FAX Number +81-236-06-5324
Founded January, 2016
Capital 84,000,000 Yen
Employees 12 members
Representative Takuma Inagawa (CEO, Founder)

Board Members

  • Takuma Inagawa (CEO)

    Born in 1988, Inagawa has obtained a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Science and Technology of Keio University. During his studies, he has spent two years at Ecole Centrale Paris in France as a scholarship student issued from the French government. Worked at the Boston Consultant Group (BCG) as a management consultant. Became independent and founded WAKAZE in 2016. From 2019, he has been leading the new brewery that opened in Paris, France.

  • Shintaro Iwai (COO)

    Born in 1986, Iwai has graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Hitotsubashi University. He previously worked at Rakuten Inc., where he has experienced many different job titles such as marketing, project planning, and development. After joining WAKAZE in 2017, he is now responsible for various jobs such as marketing, HR, and publicity. His family owns a liquor shop in Yokohama that has been in business for over 100 years.

  • Shoya Imai (CTO)

    Born in 1988. After graduating from the Faculty of Agriculture of Tokyo University, Imai worked for Oisix Inc., a food EC company, where he met Inagawa, the now representative and thus founded WAKAZE. Afterwards, he has gone through various apprenticeships in many different breweries from all over Japan, such as the Aramasa Brewery from Akita, the Masuda Brewery in Toyama, the Abe Brewery from Niigata, and Hijiri Brewery from Gunma, where he has accumulated the knowledge and skills of sake-making. His family runs Hijiri Brewery, founded in 1841. He is the first generation brewer at the Sangenjaya Brewery and the KURA GRAND PARIS.

History

2016.1 Founded WAKAZE
2016.7 Moved the main company to Tsuruoka city in Yamagata Prefecture. Inagawa moved as well.
2017.3 Released the first sake brand “ORBIA”, sake aged in wine barrels
2018.3 Released the first botanical sake “FONIA”
2018.7 Opened “WAKAZE Sangenjaya Brewery”
2018.7 Opened “Whim SAKE & TAPAS”
2019.3 Founded the subsidiary company “WAKAZE FRANCE SARL” in France
2019.5 Accumulated over 190,000,000 yen from Spiral Venture, Nissei Capital, Nakashimato Co., Ltd., Japan Finance Corporation, and 4 other investors.
2019.11 Opened “KURA GRAND PARIS”