Standard shochu stills. Sata Souji Shoten Shochu Distillery, Minami Kyushu, Kagoshima Pref, Japan, December 20, 2016. The Sata Souji Shoten Shochu Distillery makes shochu spirits from local sweet potatoes. In recent years the distillery has imported grappa, brandy, calvados stills from Europe to experiment with new distilling techniques. They have attracted considerable attention from the media and other distillers as leading innovators in their industry.