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Head to Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture to visit Fujii Seiokejo, the only place in Japan that can make wooden big vats.

The office (second photo) is shaped like a large "barrel" that looks like something out of a Ghibli movie, or rather, it's a barrel itself (second photo).There was a time when there was no more work making wooden barrels, so we turned the barrels upside down. He thought it might turn into a building, so he decided to make it.

The person who spoke to us was Takeshi Ueshiba, the third generation owner of Fujii Seiokejo.

Now, with the fermentation boom again, the demand for wooden barrels is picking up, says Mr. Ueshiba, now 75 years old, with a smile on his face.

In the 1970s, the demand for wooden barrels continued to decline, and the company was forced to close its doors at one point. Looking back on those days, he said, `I just endured.''

The contents of all the historical documents and documents piled up around his desk are all stored in his head. I'm sure that just transcribing the story I heard today will become a valuable historical document.


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