Kuhachi-ya sake house

photo: Junko Nagata © Japanbyweb.com

This house is a replica of the elegant Sake houses found in the countryside during the Edo period. Its name, Kuhachi-ya, which is a combination of the Japanese words for nine (ku), eight (hachi), and store (ya), refers to the lesson, “Do not fill Sake-cup to the brim. Nine-tenths in daytime, eight-tenths at night should be enough. It is wise to keep modest attitude toward all things.”

Location: Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo