Born in 1894 from an ancient family of sake producers, Masataka Taketsuru is considered the father of Japanese whisky. After completing chemical studies, find work in a company in Osaka, Settsu Shuzo, who cultivates his dream of creating a Japanese whisky. In 1919 it is then sent to Scotland to acquire the necessary technical knowledge; here is passionate about the world of spirits, and processes the dream of creating a malt distillery in Japan. In 1934, then, he decides to continue alone: create company Nippo Kaju and undertook the construction of the Yoichi distillery on the island of Hokkaido. In 1952 the company takes its final name Nikka Whisky. The success is such as to the installation of a second distillery in 1969 on the island of Honsu. Nikka is now widely recognized as one of the best whisky distilleries producing not only in Japan but around the world.