Richmond, VA | 4794 km from Lower Mainland
The San-Jirushi Corporation was founded in 1804, and it marked the incorporation of a tamari and a miso company that had been in business for almost 200 years. The current President, Nobuyoshi Sato is the seventh generation of the Sato family to manage the company.
The company is called San-Jurushi because it means "the mark of three". It refers to the three major rivers in Japan that empty out into the Bay of Ise at Kuwana. This river system was, at one time, San-Jurushi's access to supplies for ingredients and its main channel for distribution.
San-J has been importing to North America since 1978. In 1987, San-J built a plant to brew tamari here in North America. They chose the Chesapeake Bay area in the state of Virginia because of its climate and excellent water source which are similar to Kuwana, where the original San-Jirushi Corporation is located. Virginia is also known, globally as one of the best producers of seed grade soy beans.