Japanese sake of asahiyama zoo / Good Design Collection



One of the famous zoo in japan is Asahiyama zoo in Hokkaido.
Every year more than 1.5 million people has been visited this zoo.

I had a vacation last year, and I went to Hokkaido. Fortunately I had opportunity to visit there.


I don’t remember, it was when I visited a zoo last time is.
So I enjoyed a lot to spent a time with animals.


After that , I went to a souvenir shop, and I found a Japanese sake (it is Japanese traditional alcohol). A label is printed a children who enjoy a zoo. it looks like for a child. but I liked it. Because of it’s unusual of label for sake.


You can see a boys smile when you turn the bottle. they enjoy watching to animals.
I didn’t notice when I bought it. It was good suprise.

If you have opportunity to go Hokkaido. I recommend to go to Asahiyama zoo. It could be fun.

Balsam Belorussky / Good Design Collection


I introduce my favorite design things.
Today is about liquor.

I got souvenir from my Belarussian good friend 2 years ago. It is a liquor that “бальзам белорусский”.
бальзам is balsam in english.

Balsam “Belorussky” is high-extractive, toning up alcoholic drink with soft, bitterish, slightly cooling taste. Aroma is complex, approximated, with slightly allocated aroma of propolis. 22 extracts enter into its composition: medicinal and aromatic plants and fruits having toning up and strengthening an effect on organism, raising immunologic reactance of an organism. Balsam “Belarussky” is recommended as the additive to coffee, tea, vodka, ice-cream to which it gives original taste and aroma.
Alcohol content – 40 %.

I quoted this description from

This bottle has good shape, good design and also quality.
It was good to know about it.

The balsam has 40% degree.
My friend told me, it could be good to drink with coffee. but I never tried.
I can’t drink potent alcoholic drinks.
So I enjoy just looking…

It was good souvenir for me :)



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My name is Morihiro Abe and I'm a freelance graphic/web designer. I have been doing design for 10 years. I like figuring out how things work correctly with a design. And it is good opportunity to know a person and a community. By the way I could help you if you have proposal something for Japanese.
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