A couple relaxed on a bench at Yebisu Garden Place

Couple relaxing at Yebisu Garden Place
Shot in Yebisu Garden Place, Tokyo
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It is difficult to detect any remnants of the former brewery when wandering around the area. The site has long since been redeveloped, and there's not a trace of hops. The only reminder of the beer brewed here today is the Museum of YEBISU BEER.

Although the factory is no longer located here in Yebisu, the Yebisu Beer brand is still alive and well. This was the name given to the brand of beer brewed by the Japan Beer Brewers Association, the predecessor of SAPPORO BREWERIES, which invited German engineer Karl Kaiser to brew it. It was originally intended to be named after Daikoku, one of the seven gods of good fortune, but the name was changed to "Yebisu Beer" because Daikoku Beer already existed. Since the brand that was named in this way later became the name of the place where the brewery was located, one never knows what will happen in the world.

I am deeply moved to think that if the beer brand had been Daikoku Beer, Yebisu Station on the JR Yamanote Line might have become Daikoku Station. As a result, the brand would have been identified with Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, and instead of Daikoku, who always looks angry, it would have been Ebisu, smiling with a fishing rod, and the image of the town would have been softened.


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Shooting Date

Jun 2020

Posted On

May 16, 2021

Modified On

November 10, 2021


Yebisu, Tokyo


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