JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Kinbue Syoyu Park offers a factory tour of their soy sauce (shoyu) factory operated by Fueki Syoyu Brewing Co. (笛木醤油株式会社). Their shoyu products are sold under the "Kinbue" brand name (金笛). They've been in business since This traditional building houses a gift shop and restaurant.
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Our factory guide was Fueki Masatsugu, the 12th-generation proprietor of the shoyu brewing company.
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Soybeans
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Kinbue also makes large wooden vats for shoyu making.
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Fueki Masatsugu explains about a large vat of what will become soy sauce.
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The ingredients used in making shoyu. Lots of soybeans and salt.
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Lots of salt.
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A sample vat that we could mix using a long stick.
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He showed us how to mix the vat.
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Inside the vat of fermenting shoyu.
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Old warehouse.
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Large wooden vats where the soy sauce is fermented and aged.
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What the vats look like down below.
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Different stages of fermenting. We could taste the difference.
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Waste materials from making shoyu.
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Shoyu soft-serve ice cream.
 
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