Kawachiya (now Miyakehonten), founded in 1856, started making sake in 1902, the same year that Kure became incorporated as a city.
Supplying sake to naval bases was the start of a growing market. In 1920 it was reported that the quality of sake aboard a training battleship remained unaffected by the very hot weather encountered during its voyage. As a result, Miyakehonten became highly commended and received a certificate by the Japanese navy. The sailors of the Japanese navy liked the sake so much, they took it home with them when they were on leave, helping to spread its popularity.
Sempuku sake has remained a constant feature throughout most of Kure’s turbulent history.