Waikoikoi sheep and beef farmer Clayton Chittock said he and
his fellow travellers returned from their two-week trip to
Japan much heavier than when they left.
He and his wife Lyn supply beef to the Canterbury Meat
Packers, Ashburton, (now Anzco Foods) and the meat ultimately
is sent to a large Japanese company, Aleph Inc, which has
The Chittocks, along with eight other couples and Anzco
representatives and an interpreter spent two weeks in Japan
While in Tokyo they met Makato Kinjo, the Anzco president, at
their head office and did some sightseeing, including
visiting one of the biggest fish markets in the country.
They visited Sapporo to see some of Aleph's restaurants.
He said each restaurant had the same menu, mainly mince
patties, hamburgers and sliced steak, and the one they saw in
Kyoto had an Italian theme.
They visited a brewery, which brewed German lager and
supplied the restaurants.
In addition to visiting Aleph's founder's farm, where Poll
Dorset sheep are raised, the group also visited a farm
rearing Wagu beef.
At one point they were shown boxes of CMP beef and they were
able to identify the particular meat the Chittocks had grown,
using their supplier number ''84''.
''It was really exciting to see and we felt quite proud of
They travelled to Hiroshima and viewed the Peace Museum.
''There is only one building left in the original state and
it was like the [atomic] bombing happened yesterday.
''When we went to the museum. It was quite emotional to see
the pictures of what it was like [when it was bombed in
They rode the bullet train, which travelled up to 308kmh, and
they thought that was exciting for the first two hours. They
also attended an eight-course banquet, eating a lot of raw
fish and fish eggs.
''They eat raw fish like we eat meat,'' he said.
''Sometimes it went down, sometimes it didn't.''
He said the tour organisers looked after them well.
''It was a completely new experience and we came home two to
four stone heavier,'' he said.