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[Hidden Wonders of Japan] Factory Sightseeing: The Kawasaki 'White Castle'

The brilliant lights of the "White Castle" recycling factory against the night sky add to the enigmatic atmosphere of the industrial landscape of Kawasaki.



Resonac's Kawasaki Plastic Recycling (KPR) plant in Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City on April 17. (© Sankei by Kanata Iwasaki)

The coastal area of Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City is renowned for its factory night views. And one of the buildings has captured the attention of onlookers. Standing at an impressive height of around 60 meters (197 feet), equivalent to a 20-story building, is the factory of the major chemical manufacturer Resonac. Factory enthusiasts call the building "White Castle" for the striking contrast of its brilliant white glow against the night sky.

The "White Castle" of Kawasaki on April 17. (© Sankei by Kanata Iwasaki)

Despite its imposing appearance, the factory is making a positive impact on the environment. In fact, it operates as a recycling facility. By using heat, it breaks down plastic and extracts carbon dioxide and hydrogen. The carbon dioxide is then put to use in various applications, including dry ice production. The hydrogen serves as a valuable raw material for chemical products.

If you're looking for an interesting weekend outing, factory sightseeing might just be the ticket.


(Read the article in Japanese.)

Author: Kanata Iwasaki

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