Kiyosato-Cho is one of Japan's most famous areas for the production of potatoes. In 1975, the challenge started to explore the local special product using these potatoes. Four years later in April 1979, "Potato shochu Kiyasato" was released. It is the first potato shochu in Japan.
Shochu made from these potatoes soon became very popular, and the shochu brewery was built in 1986. Kiyosato Shochu sparked the boom of "One Village, One Product" campaign, and it led the other areas throughout the country making their local shochu. In 1989, Kiyosato-Cho was chosen as one of the "The Top 100 Town-Planning Communities of Hokkaido" as they evaluated the town for playing the important role in the regional development.
Kiyosato Shochu received "Good Design Awards 2015".
When I left the town for some conference, I heard someone say "There's no good food sold as souvenirs."
I asked him, "Have you ever come to Kiyosato-Cho?" The answer was "No" as I had expected.
I looked at him in the eye and passed him a brochure of our town.
From Journals of the Executive Director
NPO Corporation Kiyosato Tourist Association
Association for Promotion of Kiyosato Regional Development
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