Sapporo Breweries Co., Ltd. is Japan's oldest brewing company still in existence. The then Government established "Hokkaido Kaitakushi" organization in Otaru in 1869 in order to develop Hokkaido and bolster the defenses against Russia. They had set about more than 30 projects till the end of this organization in1882, and the brewery was one of them. The star mark which is the trademark of Sapporo Brewery is derived from the emblem on the flag of Hokkaido Kaitakushi organization. Sapporo Garden Park, the so-called Sapporo Beer Garden, is located about 600 meters to the northeast of the then original beer factory, and the brick building in the picture was the barley-cleaning factory for brewing. This old building was converted into the restaurant and beer museum in 1966. Since then, other related factory buildings as well as new buildings had been joined step by step. Taking the opportunity of the complete closing of this factory in 2003, this facility was reborn under the new name of "Sapporo Garden Park", which has several restaurants featuring Genghis Khan cuisine and fresh beer, museum focusing on brewery, shopping mall and the like.
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