We participated in a field study programme from 19 February 2013 in France.
The purpose was to study about the durability of French wine sector.
The members including the professor were ten. Since we were small group, we could get to know each other well.
We spent our first day in Bordeaux.
Bordeaux was the place which we stayed for the longest time, and it was also the most impressive place. We learnt through seminars about the wine which production which was often environmentally conscious.
Generally, we had free time from around 17:00, we went for dinner, taking a walk in the city centre in Bordeaux. A Japanese ramen noodle restaurant which was run Japanese was very delicious. There was another Japanese ramen restaurant where I had a sort of fried rice omelet which was inedible. The egg was over burnt and every meal we had was obscure and tasted bad. However, this is also a good memory now.
The night view along the Garonne River was very beautiful. We also went to Saint Emilion which is one of the world heritage site. I became absorbed in taking photographs its beautiful town with rows of houses.
We left Bordeaux and spent Saturdays and Sundays visiting old castles Since the castles were extremely large, it was not able to finish touring all in one day.
The Chennansau castle was very impressive, stood on the river, and was wonderful.
We then went to Sancerre and we had a seminar there. We stayed at an old castle hotel near Sancerre. Atmosphere was such that I thought that ghost will appear in this old castle hotel surrounded by deep woods. We shared a very large room. Because we were sharing a relatively small three-person room during this trip, we were able to spend the night very comfortably. The old castle in the morning sun light was absolutely beautiful.
In Dijon, we had a seminar about the Bourgogne wine, a rival of Bordeaux wine. I thought that the Burgundy wine had more individual differences in terms of price and taste compared to the Bordeaux wine.
Finally we went to Paris. The seminar at the OIV was interesting and we learnt about the rules regarding wine production in the world. Our professor acted as an interpreter and I thought she was so cool. It is very regrettable not to have taken a photograph.
Since the final day was a free day, we toured around Paris. We visited the Versailles Palace, Orsay Museum, and Louvre Museum. I was fascinated and impressed by the real paintings of Gogh's self-portrait, Miro's Venus, and Mona Liza.
Through this field study, I learnt that wine production has to take into account of its environmental impacts in order to maintain its sustainability.
I was worried how it will be like because this was my first overseas experience but I was able to return from France safely and happily, thanks to Prof. Omura who organized and led this trip, my classmates in this field study course, staff at the Meiji Gakuin University Sanken office, all the lecturers, hosts and interpreters. I would like to make the most of this experience in my fugure life.