In the year 1879, a fourth child is born to Narue Gihei, the owner of Narueya, a rice shop in Osaka Senba, and his wife Chiyo. They give their second son the name Manjiro. He grows up to be outstanding in his studies. However when Manjiro is 13, Gihei decides to send him out for an apprenticeship. Although Chiyo is against this, Manjiro listens to his father. Meanwhile, he has a dream of shimmering amber. Manjiro’s apprenticeship is with Konan Risuke, the owner of a drugstore who is very particular about his work and products. Konan has been developing wine which Manjiro takes an interest in. He helps out and the wine is finally ready to be sold. However, Risuke is astonished by the taste of popular wine in Tokyo and discontinues the western wine and spirits department without fulfilling his ambition. Four years later, Manjiro who is now an adult, sets his mind on starting a spirits business and swings into action to make Japan’s best wine in order to repay Risuke. He heads to Kobe with a war chest of 100 yen (the equivalent of 1,000,000 yen today) from his older brother Chiezo. Manjiro devotes himself to producing Japan’s first domestic whisky and eventually becomes the founder of the country’s biggest wine producer.
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