Electric Chain Hoist Transports Apples
Today we visited Tamura Farm, which grows delicious apples. A sweet aroma drifts from the refrigerated warehouse.
Tamura Farm has a vast orchard in the city of Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture. It delivers apples to kitchens across Japan, and processes them as well. The employees manually and carefully peel, core and cut the fruit into pieces.
Like most every food-processing plant, this one operates under a rigorous regime of hygiene control. Workers are dressed to code and prohibited from bringing in personal items; the machines and equipment are strictly controlled for safety. The electric chain hoist used here has an attached dustpan to prevent any foreign matter from getting into the products.
Now it’s time for the hoist to go to work. The cut apple pieces are transferred to de-aeration equipment, which prevents the boiled apples from getting pulpy, maintaining the fruit’s unique texture and flavor.
Tamura Farm also produces apple pies with Kogyoku, a variety it’s particularly proud to offer. About 50 apple varieties grow in Aomori Prefecture, providing a spectrum of sweetness, sourness and texture. It’s fun to sample the many varieties to discover new favorites.
Doctor-Heli Out to Save Lives
Emergency calls trigger the dispatch of the air ambulances called Doctor-Heli in Japan. Along with other helicopter and jet operations, it is one of the services offered by Shizuoka Air Commuter Corp. The firm kindly invited us to observe a rare assembly of Doctor-Heli.
Quest Into an Unknown World
For a story, today representing your editorial team, I’m visiting the Tohoku University High Field Laboratory for Superconducting Materials. High field? Superconducting? What exactly are they researching there?
A Tour of a Fun Factory
Iwako Co., of Yashio City in Saitama Prefecture, produces plastic office and school supplies, mainly erasers, and kids especially love its “fun erasers.” We took a factory tour packed with adults who were more excited than the kids. Company founder Yoshikazu Iwasawa welcomed us personally.