Iroha

Hiragana Sake SetOne of our favorite sake sets is the “Hiragana” set.  The lettering on the set reminds us of the Iroha poem written back possibly when they only needed 3 digits to refer to the year.  This poem is especially unique because it uses each of the letters of the Japanese alphabet exactly once.  That’s called a panagram folks!  A panagram in English would be, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” which, with the exception of using the word “the” twice, uses each of the 26 letters of the alphabet just once.   Yes, that’s right, I remember something from school!  Go NYC Public Education!  The things I don’t remember are filled in by Wikipedia.

Anyway, the Iroha poem, because it is a panagram, was also used as an ordering system of the Japanese alphabet.   One can still find this ordering system in theaters where the seats are “numbered” in this way and musical notes are referred to as, I-Ro-Ha-Ni-Ho-He-To as opposed to A, B, C, D, E, F, G in English.  (straight from Wikipedia.)

So, I hope we all learned something today.  The least of which is that not only are our products beautiful to look at and practical to use, they also often have cultural value (that can be confirmed on Wikipedia….)

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