Sake — yes , It is Japanese alcohol, made from rice.
Likewise “wine” “beer”, Sake has also different flavour or taste , depends on the area. So that there are many different Sake bleweries all over Japan.
They ( in photo ) are the local Sake , where I now live and work , very small village, to help dementia elderly at hospital ( until October).
Good quality rice and pure spring water are essential.
Sake is not only for drinking but also it is useful for cooking. And temples and shrines use Sake as ” purify ” the space with salt. Even the rice malt , it’s thought as effective to keep skin healthier , so that some cosmetic companies use the rice malt as one of their ingredients for skin lotion.