in Monday, August 28th 2017 we were scheduled to have a company tour. we left our hotel at 7.45 AM by bus (which was extremely early compared to our daily-9-10-am-schedule before). first company we visited was Echigo Seika, Co., Ltd, a food processing company. their base material was rice; all of their main products were derived from rice. no wonder, Niigata Prefecture best known as The Rice Capital of Japan. we could easily find a paddy field almost everywhere, especially in Nagaoka city. wherever you drive, you can always see green enormous paddy field from the roadside. I also saw many houses had their own garage filled with agricultural machinery (4-wheeled tractor, combine harvester, transplanter, etc) along the way.
yap, this fact was really interesting as I never witness a wide modern agriculture application from this close before.
back to Echigo Seika, we were introduced about their latest food processing technology; high pressure treatment. this treatment help to reduce bacteria and microorganism heat resistance. they used this method for making a cooked-rice pack (yep, its cooked, not the raw one). this is the image of this rice pack product:
the thing is this rice was made with no chemicals at all; pure water and rice, and they said that this rice pack shelf life could reach almost years!
we also got a factory tour but we couldn't take any photos.
after we finished the tour, we went to the second place; Shinanogawa (JR East) Hydroelectric Power Plant. this company used Shinano river, the longest and widest river in Japan, as their source of energy to supply JR company across Tokyo. this power plant includes a quite enormous area, as it covers some lakes, bridges, and factories (?) *how to say it, the place for turbines and generators?*. they stop the water from Shinano river using dam, make it flow through some tunnels and lead them to the turbines and generators.
although the river is blocked by the dam, they still provide this 'stairs' for fishes
who want to swim across. super cute!
in the end of our tour, we visited Shinanogawa Hydroelectric Power Plant museum, where lies some history of JR East and explanation about the Shinanogawa Power Plant. there were some interactive corners inside; QnA section (but in Japanese)(couldnt answer any single question), drive our own train, turbine simulation, etc.
miniature of the power plant
true of false
they also have this big and green backyard where we held a mini photo session!
gangster. somehow (?)
arrived back to the hotel at 6 pm, we agreed to meet again at 6.30 pm and had a dinner together. we all went to a Japanese restaurant near hotel and ordered some meals.
the funny moment came when it was the time to pay, and we had to calculate those money from around 12 peoples. we ordered different dishes; moreover we also had to deal with the 8% tax. and almost everyone paid with coins!
"Okay, its 800 yen.."
"And this is 90 yen.."
"Then 800 yen plus 90 yen..." ((grab calculator))
"Oh no! We're engineer, guys! TT_TT"
*conversation credit to Qisthi*
*conversation credit to Qisthi*
the endless coins
yup, thats all from the company tour day!