About the brand name Haliyo
The brand name Haliyo Kaki Vinegar comes from the Japanese name of the freshwater smallhead stickleback fish (Japanese: haliyo,) a "living natural treasure" found in the city of Kaizu in Gifu prefecture, where our brewery is located.
Kaizu city is an area rich in beautiful nature, where rainwater falls on the Yoro mountain range and goes through an alluvial fan, before emerging as subsoil water from water springs. Because smallhead sticklebacks can only live in areas with fresh spring water, their numbers dwindle each year throughout Japan. These days, they can only be found in a limited number of places in Japan, and they have been designated as an endangered species. Our kaki vinegar is made with the same water as that of the beautiful natural area where the smallhead stickleback thrives.
Together with the people of this area, we keep a watchful eye so that the habitat of the endangered smallhead stickleback is suitably protected. By adopting "Haliyo" as our brand name, it is our hope that we will be able to contribute to activities to conserve the beautiful water and nature of this area for future generations.