Day 8 (processers) – Suntory Brewery

November 6, 2008

November 6, 2008

It was the 8th day in Japan for us. The second day in Kumamoto-Prefecture and we had maybe about 7 days before to taste the refreshing Japanese beer.

After eight overwhelming days in Japan, the next six where up to follow. Seven young Germans, that built up the occupational group of processing, where on their way, on their mission to discover the secrets and miracles of the refreshing Japanese beer they had a chance to taste in the whole last week. What makes Japanese beer so complete, absolute so.. pure? This and further questions shall be answered to in their visit to the Suntory Brewery Kyushu-Kumamoto.

The bus arrived with those beer-specialists inside, synchronous as they left it they have been greeted by a Suntory co-worker in her yellow-grey suit. Full of expectation and after a short speech of greeting by the “Braumeister”, who worn a nearly completely white suite of purity, we started our walk through the factory, leaded by the “Suntory-Women” in her two-coloured suite.
A video of introduction has given some first answers to those brave Germans, that astonished until the video was over. One accentuation actually was given to the brew water flowing through volcanic minerals placed pretty close to the Suntory-Brewery in Kumamoto. This pure and controlled mineral water is fundamental for the whole (following) process.
Machinery, finest ingredients like hop and malt, a lot of also-filled-drinks like coffee or juice have been introduced to those “beer specialists”, that actually could learn a lot about the Suntory Brewery and about brewery itself.

Finally the processing group could convince themselves by tasting fresh brewed Suntory beer. And yes, they really could taste those food awards, the fresh water and the lovely selected ingredients.
Besides the very great taste of the Japanese beer those “specialists” have been a little bit suprised about how that beer was draught. The delegation leader didn’t hesitate to show them the nice German way, which is not always the cleanest. However the “Braumeister” seemed very impressed and commented that there actually are some nuances in the taste of the differently draught beer.
After such a fullfilling visit at the brewery the group was so happy that they spontaneously composed a song in the bus driving back to the Aso Youth Center.

“Sun-Sun-Suntory! Hey biru, Hoh jusu, Hey kohi – oishii!”

Thanks to Suntory Brewery Kyushu-Kumamoto!


Day 8 (administrativ branch) – JA ASO

November 6, 2008

6 November, 2008

At our first day in Aso the business branch of the administrative visited the Japanese Agricultural Association. During the day we spent with the staff of the JA ASO in Ichinomiya, a board member and the manager of the branch of finance of JA ASO gave lectures regarding their business fields, company structure and working philosophy . After that we visited the bank of the Association and talked to young employees about their working experiences.

Afterwards we went to a JA ASO supermarket where organic products and food like fruits, vegetables, lunchboxes etc. were offered. For lunchtime some of the Japanese employees joined us in the little restaurant of the market. While the communication between the Germans and the Japanese were quite little because of the language skills we agreed with our hosts in the delicious taste of the typical regional beef we had for lunch. For dessert we enjoyed Japanese pears called nashi.

In the afternoon we participated in a guided tour through a manufacturing plant with some harvesters of JA ASO. The main products of the Association are rice and soybeans. We wondered particularly about the cultivation of strawberries in big greenhouses and asparagus though many Japanese do not know about asparagus. By the way, in the prefecture Kumamoto the farmers usually harvest asparagus during the year from April to October.

That was followed by watching a film about the harvest of rice in the prefecture. Although it was very interesting some of us were very tired due to the fact we spent the whole day at JA ASO. At the end of our stay we discussed with some employees of the Association about there working fields and there development during the last years.

Day 8 (social branch) – Aso-Kunwa-no-Sato

November 6, 2008

6 November, 2008

Seize the day and live with a smile

Today the social group has visited the < Aso-Kunwa-no-Sato >.
<Aso-Kunwa-no-Sato> is a home for disabled people. For Arsen, one of our group members, this visit has been a highlight. He is responsible for disability equality duties and disabled people’s rights in everyday life in Germany. During our visit we have learned many differences about working with disabled people. For example in <Aso-Kunwa-no-Sato> people live and work at the same time. But we all share the goal to give these people the opportunity of a happy life.

After an interesting discussion with the head of the house we have visited the house. During lunch with some employees we could also talk about the handcraft made by the sheltered workshop e.g. bags with jewellery and soap.
By the way we have learned to eat boiled eggs with chopsticks also. This is a challenge.

In the afternoon we have worked together with the disabled people. Some of us have had to pack bear food and the others have had to pack small packages of sesame. That was a lot of fun for us. At the end of the day we have got the chance to have a cup of tea and to talk to some young employees and a male nurse. We will never forget the hospitality and the nice way how everybody treated us in <Aso-Kunwa-no-Sato>.