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Day 17: Today was our visit to the Asahi factory in Osaka. This was a more relaxed visit so we did not have to dress up business casual. We left the hotel at around 8 and took a 20 minute train ride to Osaka which is really close to Kyoto. I feel the closest relation to Calgary would be comparing Calgary to Okotoks, as Okotoks is calmer an more subdue like Kyoto, where I feel Osaka is more busier and vibrant similar to Calgary. The factory we visited was massive and it felt like the area we were in was surrounding the factory as if it was the focal point of that area. During the tour we got to see the whole production process, we were able to take pictures but no videos. At this plant we learned that 700,000,000 million bottles are produced, and 1.4 million cans can fit it one of the many large containers they have in the factory. 600 can can be produced in one minute and this facility produces bottle and can goods. After the tour we go to do some beer tasting, which was very well done. Beer is not my beverage of choice but I did past some of their dry beer and premium beer. We were limited to 3 large glasses but I could only drink 2. We had 30 minutes to taste so we had to quickly drink our beverages. After feeling a little bit tipsy we went back to the train to downtown Osaka were there was a large plaza for shopping. It was super overwhelming with all the billboards, lights, colors and people all around. A group of use went to grab food a a recommended Michelin star restaurant, the food was amazing but the service was kind of rushed and cold as we were not able to split the bill and a lot of people there were eating in groups. After that we walked around the shopping district but I was not in the mood for shopping so a group of us left a few hours later to go to a conveyer belt sushi place we’re all the plates were 100 yen and it was fantastic. You could also order your own dishes which was very convenient as many plates were being snatched up quickly. A lesson I learned today that’s spans across a couple days is realizing how large Japan’s export industry is. We only visited a few of the businesses in Japan but all of them were in the foreign market.