On Day Three in Tokyo we took a road trip to visit the Kewpie Corporation plant, a MIM Asia Trip favorite, and I can see why. The Kewpie staff are so welcoming and such gracious hosts. They are friendly, funny and seem to really enjoy having MIM students visit.
We had the opportunity to buy fun Kewpie doll souvenirs at their on site shop, then gathered for a box lunch – the best part was salad with the option of twelve or so different (and delicious) Kewpie dressings. The informational video and PowerPoint presentation following lunch was informative and entertaining.
The plant tour was quite an amazing thing to see with all of the automation. By far the most fascinating machine to watch was the automatic egg-cracking machine that separates egg yolks from egg whites, assembly line style. Kewpie is a wonderful company to learn about in the way they take pride in their product, emphasize hygiene (they break down and clean all parts of their equipment frequently and regularly), involve their employees, source locally and focus on sustainability. Kewpie reuses and recycles most everything from their egg (shells are used for pharmaceutical products) to the bits of plastic that are cut off their bottles (reworked into packaging).
In the free evening MIMers gathered for the “MIM Welcome Dinner” for two hours of all you can eat and drink, Tokyo style (click HERE to see MIM Welcome Dinner photos on a previous blog post). Followed by a very fun night of karaoke!
“Japan: Day Four” was our one free day in Japan. MIMers took advantage of this day to do some serious sightseeing. See this previous blog post (One free Day in Japan) to see what a number of MIMers chose to do with their free day, led by Naoki Hirai, MIM student from Japan.