At long last after 2 months of intensive preparations Agrigraph Japan opened its first Brew Bar/Open Air Beer Hall on Saturday July 16th on Aoi Space just behind the Shizuoka City Hall!
This event followed a new concept:
The food was provided by 6 izakaya/bars in Shizuoka City: Uzu, Mando, Hana Oto, Yasaitei, Odakkui and Growstock.
Furthermore, the food was conceived with agricultural products of Shizuoka Prefecture including vegetables and meat. The latter was provided by Sanoman Company from Fujinomiya City!
The whole staff of Agrigraph with the help of people working for Suntory and Subway Companies were put to work including some pretty (?) ladies!
Everyone had gathered in the intense heat at 12:00 to erect the tents, place and lay the tables, etc. Even the IT and translating staff contributed! I can tell you they neeeded plenty of water when I visited them first around 13:00!
Sweaty work to erect that tent!
Pretty (?) ladies posing again for posterity!
Now, these ladies are pretty!
The man in charge of the engines!
Call for the last meeting.
Animated discussion on last-minute changes!
The Rainbow machines which will dispense cool mist all over the site. Real Hi-tec!
The dustbins! Low tec but indispensible!
Things certainly looked different when I came for my second visit at 15:00!
Map and photos of the producers contributing their food to the event! What about that for traceibility for such an event!
The same event will be held again on Friday July 22nd and Saturday July 23rd!
All the (very reasonable considering the quality!) prices were clearly indicated!
Mrs. Yuriko Kato, President of M2 Labo and Agrigraph Japan and Mr. Kenya Yoshimura, owner of Uzu izakaya! (in hots discussion?)
Everything at the ready!
Mr. Sano from Sanoman!
Mr. Takeshi Hirai, General Manager of Beck Company (Mando & Growstock)!
The last (hot) pep talk!
The last details being checked!
The venue was about to start when I left at 13:00. When I came back after 18:00 the place was still quite busy!
It was still very hot and the Rainbow cool mist machines were running at full speed!
Still plenty of work to do!
Mangenton Pork sausages from Sanoman!
Great healthy vegetable pickles from Shizuoka Prefecture! Perfect with beer!
Staff at the Pump Station!
Not ready to leave yet!
Just had enough time to savour those cute healthy sausages! One of them incudes Shizuoka Wasabi!
Looking forward to next week!
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