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The city of manufacturers: Kitakyushu - observe and experience industrial tourism -

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In this episode, we will introduce you to industrial tourism through Kitakyushu City. Industrial tourism consists of touring ...

In this episode, we will introduce you to industrial tourism through Kitakyushu City.
Industrial tourism consists of touring through manufacturing plants for experiencing and witnessing at firsthand at various industrial sites.
Satisfying your curiosity, the trip can be enjoyed in a wide variety of locations throughout the prefecture.
Industrial tourism has been popular here in the city of manufacturers - Kitakyushu City.
For this episode, we have selected Nissui and Shabondama Soap Group from a long list of spots as we also take you through the night view of the industrial complexes!

The city of manufacturers

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Kitakyushu City - the city of manufacturers - has continually stood at the forefront of modernization in this country.
Here gathers manufacturers beginning with steel and iron works inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List as Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution and those of the chemical industry, ceramics, and electronics among others.
Wow! How impressive. . . "Industrial tourism" is vibrant here in Kitakyushu.
Industrial tourism is consisted of visiting these manufacturing plants to "observe" and "experience" the industrial sites.
It is quickly gaining popularity as a great way to meet your curiosity.

Nissui Pioneer Museum

Nissui Pioneer Museumの画像

This is one of my favorites.
Nissui known for this fish sausage product is found here in Kitakyushu where it has been growing since the early Showa period.
Nissui Pioneer Museum in Tobata, Kitakyushu City Built in 1936, this historic building has received a prestigious award from Kitakyushu City.
This museum was opened in commemoration of Nissui 100th year anniversary.
Here remains 100 year history of Nissui.
Nissui is generally known for frozen food products, but it vastly deals with all types of fish and seafood resources.
"It began its operation in 1911 with just one trawler vessel."
Then in Showa period, their base port for pelagic fishery was placed here in Tobata.
Nissui Pioneer Museum exhibits a ton of valued artifacts entailing the history of fishery in this country.
This particular telegraph key is done with your finger tip so you won't get tendinitis or tenosynovitis.
Popular among children, the computer simulator for learning how to navigate the ship is on site.
The Museum also features this unique display as well.
"Very beautifully done. . .
What is it exactly?"
This is called "gyofu" - a detailed water painting of fish.
"Gyofu". . .
Why a painting?
When Nissui fishermen of the old went out for fishing overseas, there were no photo cameras available.
So they drew them when they found exotic fish they had never seen before.
Mainly to distinguish which types of fish are edible, there was a researcher onboard as they drew and painted these fish on the surface of the deck.
That's what "gyofu" is.
Nissui continuing to support the fishery of Japan. . .
For learning its history, Nissui Pioneer Museum is one of our recommended industrial tourist destinations in Kitakyushu.
I got to learn about the fishery of the country and also got to play the computer simulation. It was really fun.
Thank you so much.
I'm glad you have a great time.
So, please come visit.
We look forward to seeing you!

Shabondama Soap

Shabondama Soapの画像

This soap we've been using since we were little. . .
There are no preservatives in it.
Song lyrics: "Want the blue sky"♪
"Blow them"♪
"Shabondama (bubbles)"♪
Hey, Shabon-chan. . .
Just kidding. I'm Maeda, the soap advisor.
Thank you for having us.
Kitakyushu Industrial Tourism "Our next spot for recommendation is Shabondama Soap."
In 1974 Shabondama Soap Group abandoned their production of synthetic detergent to create environmentally-friendly, additive-free "Shabondama" brand of soap.
Ever since then, they have been producing numerous types of natural products.
Factory tour is available here at the manufacturing plant of this additive-free soap.
Ingredients are being boiled here in this pot.
Natural vegetable oil and animal fat are mixed with alkali sodium hydroxide to achieve our saponification process.
Saponification turns it all into soap.
Oil and alkali mix really well. This is an old and tried method that requires lots of time.
That's what makes it great for your skin and the environment.
The soap completely dissolves in about a day through the sewer.
It's very eco-friendly.
Following a week of heating and maturing process, a little bits and pieces of soap are produced.
Which part of the process would this be?
The tiny pieces are being kneaded together to fit the mold.
Kneading thoroughly to force out all the excess air, so that the soap won't crack easily - it's a pretty important process.
This is what comes of the thorough kneading process. . . It's actually quite soft at this point.
This long bar of soap would go through the mold, and cut to the size that we are all familiar with.
Then bagged nicely. . . to complete the making of additive-free Shabondama soap.
This is one of the most unique soap manufacturing plant in which the entire process from ordering ingredients, boiling, molding, to wrapping takes place.
You can see soap making in its entirety here.
Please come visit us.

The night view

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Industrial tourism is not only about observing industries.
Seeing the night view of the townscape created by these industrial complexes is also a part of it!
Kitakyushu night view cruise ship is highly popular among visitors and tourists.
With lights reflecting off of the waters, the view aboard the cruise is somewhat futuristic.

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