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Exhibition -- The Father of Japanese Whiskey, TAKETSURU Masataka

2011-11-1 (Tue) - 2011-11-29 (Tue)

An exhibition is being held at the Museum of Osaka University regarding TAKETSURU Masataka (1894 -1979), the father of Japanese whiskey. Mr. Taketsuru, a graduate of Osaka Industrial Senior School, one of the roots of Osaka University, learned how to make whiskey in England and Scotland during the Taisho Period.

As a founder of Suntory Yamazaki Distillery and Nikka Whiskey, he devoted his life to the pioneer days of the whiskey industry in Japan. This exhibition is being held in order to provide faculty, staff, and students at Osaka University with information about his life and share the achievements of this graduate of Osaka University with local communities.

In addition to exhibits well-received and displayed in public libraries nationwide, in cooperation with Asahi Breweries, materials possessed by Osaka University will be on display. Persons interested in fermentation, brewage, and the history of alcoholic drinks are cordially invited to this exhibition.

Dates: Tuesday, November 1 ~ Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Time: Hours of the Museum of Osaka University

  • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. ~ 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 a.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.
  • National holidays (November 3rd and 23rd): 10:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.

In cooperation with: Asahi Breweries; Shojo-kai, Alumni Association of Brewage, Fermentation, and Biotechnology Departments, School of Engineering, Osaka University; Museum of Osaka University; The Society for Biotechnology, Japan


  • Photos and panels of TAKETSURU Masataka and TAKETSURU Rita
  • Notes on training in Scotland
  • Brewing journals and magazines, etc.
  • Materials regarding the construction of Yamazaki plants
  • Whiskey barrels and whiskey


  • By train: 15 min. east on foot from Ishibashi on the Takarazuka Line of the Hankyu Railway
  • By Osaka Monorail: 15 min. west on foot from Shibahara
Date: 2011-11-1 (Tue) - 2011-11-29 (Tue)
Venue: Gallery, 2F, Building B, Main Library, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Library Planning Division, Main Library, Osaka University

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