The japanese Travel — Rotary Group Study Exchange Goes to The japanese, Article Six

The international organization known as Rotary promotes yearly travel that all people between the ages of 26 and 40, male and female, and of all backgrounds — should be aware of about — because it is a Rotary-funded six week study onboard and anyone can affect be a part of this significant life experience. If you are this age group — you could enjoy the kind of experience that is described in my notes in this article. To learn more about the program go to the Rotary International website and search for GSE — Group Study Exchange — and contact your local Rotary Club for more information.

Mr. Tachiabana had me to Fukuoka today — and all of those other team was on their way there too — and some upset was caused by 5 point earthquake at 9AM this morning. We did all meet though, in the Nishitetsu Grand 메이저놀이터 Hotel where we stayed the first night that we arrived. We visited the Fukuoka Rotary Club in the Hotel for their lunch meeting, and were warmly received — this is Hisa’s Club. I mention and the team introduced themselves — and the video was good — I have quite an accumulation Club flags now. They took our suitcases by truck — and we got on the train — an easy one — and were off to Kitakyushu-City. This is where Kenji Ogawa lives, the newly arriving team leader. We were later met with in the City Mayor’s Office — and learned that Kitakyushu-City is a prime industrial city in The japanese —

where steel is made, and a very well known port — and has historic castles that people come to visit. Antonio was inquisitive about a new airport opening here soon, and Monica was inspired by questions about a new shelter for the abandoned that has just opened. We also learned from a representative from the board of education — that the philosophy of education has been changed in The japanese — now instead of teaching knowledge, they are much more concerned with teaching how to use knowledge. Coffee — we all needed a lift — and Starbucks was the ticket at the moment. We walked through the town center streets of the city, by stores and through shopping arcades — across the bridge — it’s a pretty city — and back to the Station Hotel, where the Kokura East Rotary Club meets for lunch. This became a lively group — maybe because they stand up for their whole meeting — and Kenji’s Club. Also, and no — no women, and little English in either of these Clubs. We all have new host families — and Kenji and I head off to his house in a cab. |

Hiroshi Tanaka’s business, Tanaka Sanjiro ltd, is adding specialty items for the Japanese people fish industry — together with large rolls of varying sizes of nylon uppers (used for plankton filtering etc), values, and fish tags — and Teiko and his son Tomo work in his business. Their company does business in 24 countries and with 3400 world-wide companies. Kenji Ogawa owns a business, Ken Corporation, that exports resale large motor equipment —

including tractors that tell you the grapevines picking grapes — heavy equipment, garden machines, trucks and busses that are sent around the world. The japanese Rotarians like cars — they drive Land Rovers, fancy Mercedes, Ferraris — and have more cars in a family than we appear to have.

Kenji and I had in his Land Rover this morning to Nippon Steel — where Hitoshi Adachi (Rotarian and General Manager of the Plant) managed us to see the Steel Plant. Monica and Antonio joined — and we all dressed up in applications, white gloves, glasses, hard hats — with microphones — to walk through the fun time furnace and steel making operation. If you have never experienced a steel plant, it is an awesome thing to see. Huge (I mean huge) cranes moving huge pots of molten steel (burning orange-red and spitting fire) — massive furnaces to heat the raw material at fearsome temperatures — neon red waters of ore leaving the big furnace — railroad cars accepting the liquid material (and how do they ever get all the stuff that is in a steel plant put together?? ). We entered the next plant — deafening and with such complicated machinery —

and learned that the h2o and was being produced from the pig iron to make steel in a furnace that was one of two in the world (U. S. Steel plant in Birmingham, al has the other one). Big buckets swung from the threshold as new liquid steel was used in molds — you feel small in a steel plant. Antonio said that it felt like we were in the movie the “Terminator”. For lunch we went to the Kokura Western side Lunch Club. Report: no women or much English — and not the kind of fun that we have in our Club (not too much difference in men’s Rotary Clubs across Japan).

In the afternoon we went to Antonio’s — he was fascinated with this one from the beginning of the trip — company, TOTO — which are (with 16, 000 people worldwide) — toilets and bathroom fittings (like Koller). TOTO is freely traded in on the Japanese people Exchange under the symbol toto. It’s unusual — but toilets here are modern technology in comparison to the basic fixture that we have. The Chairman of TOTO world-wide,

Keizo Hanamura (a past us president of Kenji’s Club) managed us. We walked through the plant and saw how the ceramic is made from raw material, formed into molds, dismissed from your job (where it shrinks by 30%), is sprayed (by a robot) for the glaze — and finally comes out looking like a bathroom. We come across the different eliminates — and the technology behind creating the most modern bathroom on the planet — warm seats, remote control, special glaze — new appreciation for toilets — even the toilets give you a warm welcome in The japanese… The shop was filled with beautiful bathroom.

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