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Old sake gets a new lease on life

Brewers revive a once-beloved Japanese tradition

Azusa Segawa, a wine and sake expert, sips sake at a liquor store in Tokyo's Daikanyama district that offers aged sake by the glass.

TOKYO -- Hayato Shoji, a 42-year-old sake brewer in Chiba Prefecture, north of Tokyo, is a fifth generation master with a proud family pedigree going back 140 years. Today, he is intent on reviving an old tradition: sipping aged sake, a custom once popular among ordinary Japanese.

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