San J International
Premium Tamari soy sauce and quality Asian-inspired products.
San-J International, Inc. is dedicated to the manufacture of premium Tamari soy sauce and quality Asian-inspired products. We endeavor to produce excellence in our products and services.
San-J founder, San-Jirushi was established in 1804 in Japan as a Tamari and miso company and began selling Tamari in the United States in 1978 as an importer to natural food and industrial food markets. Tamari quickly proved itself to be desirable to American tastes and San-Jirushi decided to build a plant to brew Tamari in North America. In addition to the production facilities, San-J's administration, research & development, sales and marketing departments are headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.
San-J President, Takashi Sato is an eigth-generation member of the founding family and today, San-J continues the tradition of quality with a variety of Tamari premium soy sauces, Asian cooking sauces, salad dressings, soups, and rice crackers available throughout United States and Canada.
When San-J founder San-Jirushi decided to build a plant to brew Tamari in North America, there was an instant attraction to Virginia. With climate an important factor in the Tamari brewing process, and that of the Chesapeake Bay area being quite similar to Mie, Richmond was a perfect choice. In addition, Richmond is close to both the mountains and the bay, again bearing a remarkable resemblance to Mie. With access to vital roadways and rail distribution networks, the decision was easy.
San-Jirushi's 200 years of experience was paramount in the design and construction of the state-of-the-art facility. The result is a plant using authentic Japanese brewing methods combined with modern technology to produce Tamari.
San-Jirushi was founded by the Sato family in 1804 as a Tamari and miso company. It was built in Mie, Japan, more than 200 years ago because its hot humid summers and chilly winters are ideal for Tamari fermentation. At one time, Tamari was brewed with the waters that flow out of the nearby Suzuka mountain range, which is fabled in Japanese folklore for its purity. Three major rivers, the Ibi, the Kiso and the Nagara, which flow into the Bay of Ise also made Mie the perfect location. In early times, this river system was San-Jirushi's access to raw ingredients as well as its main channel for distribution. San-Jirushi's logo of three horizontal bars represent the three rivers. The name San-Jirushi means "the mark of three".
Today, the Sato family still plays a vital role at both San-J and San-Jirushi. Current San-J President, Takashi Sato, is an eighth-generation member of the founding family, and San-J continues the tradition by faithfully following the exacting standards for brewing the finest Tamari.