Inspired by modern Japanese martial arts, this 35-year-old Karuizawa Budō Collection of whiskey is priced at a grand $45,000

Modern Japanese martial art has played muse to many an artist and art. One of which is the 35-year-Old Karuizawa Budō Collection of rare whiskeys. The private edition bottles feature eclectic hand-painted street art and are priced at $45,000 USD each.

Translating to “The Martial Way”, the Budo collection is conceptualized and introduced by online spirits retailer Dekanta. It consists of rare Karuizawa single malt, with each bottle featuring depictions from one of three Japanese street artists, individually hand-painted and inspired by the Japanese martial art forms– Kendo, Karate, and Sumo.

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Commenting on it, Makiyo Masa, Founder and Director of Dekanta said, “This collection has been many years in the making, intended to celebrate the craft of Japanese modern martial arts, and draw parallels between the discipline of their practice and that of artists and master distillers in Japan,” she further added, “With that in mind, the collection has gained new significance in light of a year in which so many sporting, art, and cultural events have sadly been canceled.”

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Limited to only 129 bottles, the Budo Collection – Karuizawa 35-Year-Old Japanese Single Cask Whisky comprises 43 sets of three bottles. It is currently available for sale at

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