Shochu is a traditional Japanese spirit first produced in the 1500s on Kyushu, Japan's largest southwestern island. It is incredibly popular in Japan's bars and restaurants, and has also become very popular in the U.S. 8000 Generations is an artisan, super-premium rice shochu. It can be enjoyed straight, on the rocks, with a splash of water or mixed in your favorite cocktail. The name of this product, 8000 Generations, comes from Japan's national anthem, the Kimigayo. The words are: "May the reign of the Emperor continue for a thousand, nay, eight thousand generations and for the eternity that it takes for small pebbles to grow into a great rock and become covered with moss."