Tanba Toji has about 300 years of history, and how was the culture and tradition inherited?
Sasayama city is the home of Tanba Tojis.
It was a hard age that farmers left home for extra money because of the severe winter climate 350-400 years ago. It’s not only the weather that suffered the farmers, but the quota of contribution was so heavy that they couldn’t help but go to Itami for sake making to earn extra money.
The image that the brewer owner had for Tanba Tojis was that they make good sake. They not only make good sake, but also grow crops. The reputation that Tanba Tojis had is still the same from the past till now- they make good sake, but they also grow crops as well. In the long history of Tanba Tojis going out for money, there were times that even though Tojis tried their best to harvest the crops they still couldn’t reach the quota due to the bad weather.
However, the landlords thought it was because the farmers were making sake that they harvest decreased. As a result, the landlords started to ban the farmers from making sake. There is a saying that because the farmers were banned from making sake for extra money, there were a period of time that farmers rose several riots against the ban. Since farmers couldn’t live without making sake, there was a young man volunteered to make an appeal to the the government. But before the appeal reached to the government, the young man was put into jail.
That young man was the representative figure of Tanba Toji. He was originally from the Ichihara village of Konda Sasayama city, named ICHI. ICHIHARA SEIBEI was once released from the jail, but as he went for the second appeal about the ban and also decreasing the quota he was killed by the killers sent by the landlords. Tanba Toji really has a long history, and in every autumn, everyone will get together at the memorial hall of Tanba Toji. When everyone gets together, the chief priest of Kyoto Matsuo Taisha Shrine will be asked to perform the purification ceremony, and Tojis will provide libation to ask for the safety for all people and also the great flavor of sake for the year in front of the statue of ICHIHARA SEIBEI.
This ceremony has been held every single year, and has been part of the tradition of Tanba Toji.