Lucky number 8.
Hatcho miso couldn’t have a more auspicious name. It was made for the first time 800 years ago in a village called “Hatcho,” named after its proximity (870 meters, or roughly 8 city blocks) from Okazaki Castle, a royal residence in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The number 8 is considered lucky in Japan, thanks to its infinite shape, but it’s clear there’s no luck involved in this company’s popularity. Maruya supplied the royal family’s miso from 1892 to 1954.