A Very Pleasant Friday

A very pleasant Friday was had the other week.
In the morning we had a tour of Asahi Brewery in Nishinomiya (about 20 minutes away), which culminated in free beer!

Free Asahi Beer

Free Asahi Beer

Easy Does It

Easy Does It


It started with a 30minute video presentation of the brewing process and Asahi brand (Asahi Super Dry is 20 years old this year), during which most of the old men who’d come here only for the free beer chatted.

Then we had a tour round the factory although no cameras we’re allowed so no photos of inside 🙁

The best bit was the crazy big robot machine in the canning and bottling section, so fast and so complicated.
Also discovered the cans are made from 2 parts, the top (lid part) and the bottom (where the drink is). They are folded together in a split second by a cool machine.
Then we were led into the bar area and given 20odd minutes to drink free beer! Aki doesn’t like beer much, so I drank hers for her. Managed to get 5 in, just in time.

Left slightly tipsy clutching souvenirs; a couple of free glasses, a phone strap with a beer can on, a beer towel and an old beer jug. Stopped myself buying the t-shirt, hat and beer cake!

Outside we saw the Asahi Brewery shrine! There’s a shrine for everything here.

Asahi Brewery Shrine

Asahi Brewery Shrine

Then we went off to the highschool baseball at Koshien! Twice a year there’s a big highschool competition,which amongst many people is much more popular than the usual league.

It was the first day today and very crowded.
Aki was being very nice to me, and let me sit next to the cheerleaders 🙂 (who were girls this time – see last year for the male cheerleaders).

Highschool Baseball at Koshien

Highschool Baseball at Koshien


It was a good game, and quite exciting (believe it or not!)
We also managed so see this interesting character
Schoolgirlman

Schoolgirlman


Apologies for the poor quality of the picture.
He was a middle aged man dressed as a school girl, sitting amongst the other girls, and very, very popular.
I wasn’t the only one taking photos!


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