Masataka Taketsuru embarked alone on a long voyage to Scotland in 1998.
In this distant land the secrets of whisky-making would be imparted to this young Japanese man, and here he would meet the woman who would become his bride.
Inside distillery area there is a old house remain where, Masataka and his bride used to live.
Masataka Taketsuru was born in the coastal town of Takehara about 60km from Hiroshima City. The Taketsuru family owned a "sake" brewery
Masataka studied diligently and trained at university as a chemist, preparing to carry on the family trade.
However, Scotch whisky captured the young man's imagination, as well as the interest of few other enterprising Japanese of that day. He decided to dedicate his life to whisky.
Hokkaido is a kingdom of fruits picking.
You can enjoy fruit picking from late June to late Oct.
You enjoy fresh fruits such as cherry, peach, pear, strawberry, apples and so on depending on the season.
This is a track housing ramen tavern, one of Japanese night custom.
Several years ago, there were many tracks like this and office workers enjoyed drinking looked for this ramen tavern before going back to their homes.
There are few remain nowadays but you can still see in Sapporo.