Hokkaido: Furano Cheese Factory

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Furano Cheese Factory (富良野チーズ工房, Furano Cheese Kōbō) has an open window for guests to see how the Japanese Camembert cheese is made. Squid ink cheese and other cheese samples welcome you.

Informative displays and vintage dairy memorabilia are on display.

img_8870Interactive displays are available for guests to explore:

Educational workshops are also available.

Besides the cheese factory, there is also an ice cream parlor (“ice cream factory”) and a pizzeria (“pizza factory”), as well as hands-on workshops for making butter, ice cream, bread and cheese. Workshops start at fixed times during the day. Advance reservations are not required except for the bread workshop.

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CHEESE TO VICTORY

It was CHEESE that David was ordered to bring to his brothers’ army unit commander so that he could get a report on the wellbeing of his brothers to assure their father.

1 Sam 17:18 NIV Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them.

Up until that point, David’s own father Jesse did not even consider the remote possibility that David, the youngest of eight sons, might be suitable as God’s chosen king.  Bypassed, disregarded, trivialized, David remained obedient to his father to do an ordinary thing: run the cheese errand.

The ordinary thing was the means for God to put David into the situation that will fulfill God’s purpose for his life.

Do you sometimes feel ordinary and bored with a same-old same-old life?  Let’s see if we can get some insights from David.

By faith that as God was with him to defeat the wild animals, God would help him get the victory over Goliath, David went on to kill Goliath which won the war against the Philistines.

Lessons from David:

  1. Willing to be ordinary and do the ordinary in submission to the Lord’s will. ( v20 Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed).
  2. Ignored opposition and bullying (V43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”), criticism (v28 his older brother Eliab called him “conceited, wicked, implied to be irresponsible in favor of spectating”28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”), and underestimation (by King Saul v33b : “you are only a young man, and [Goliath] has been a warrior from his youth”  
  3. Refused the prestige of using King Saul’s tunic, coat of armor, and bronze helmet (v38) and chose what he already had (v40 stones and sling)
  4. Relied on God’s help and faithfulness, not his own limited strength. (V37: “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
  5. Saw Goliath from God’s view. It was God that Goliath was defying: v 26b “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Next time you feel bored or ordinary, may cheese remind you to be joyful in being faithful to do the ordinary things in your life because as you continue to submit to God’s will, He will be able to accomplish His purposes in your life.

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