Belgium is not a famous country. Whenever I travel abroad and people ask me where I am from, I am usually given a puzzled stare when I answer ‘Belgium’. I usually try to clarify, saying ‘Europe’. That usually rings a bell: ‘Ah Europe! That’s where France is, right?’. Right.
But not so in Japan. In Japan I am usually treated to a big smile and the exclamation ‘choco’. Everyone in Japan knows about the delicious Belgian chocolate. Some people even know about Belgian beer. And that brings me to the topic for today: the Belgian Beer Weekend in Nagoya.
You may or may not already know it, but the small country of Belgium has over 800 different kinds of beer, brewed at 140 different breweries. Seventy-seven of those beers are served at the Belgian Beer Weekend, which not only takes place in Nagoya but also in Osaka (June 2012) and Tokyo (September 2012).
Unfortunately I did not have a chance to attend the event myself, but thanks to Kristine Lee I can present you with a photograph that shows a wonderful synergy between Belgian and Japanese culture. Only in Japan will you encounter a walking Hoegaarden making the peace sign.