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I studied in Japan during the summer of 1990 while I was in graduate school for my architectural degree.  The precise detailing of so much of Japanese life fascinated me.  So many beautiful cans have been produced by the breweries there that Japanese can collections like Dave Vogl's show a level of artistry far beyond most.  This series of "Favored Views" is one of my favorites.  I now have ten different ones and would dearly like to know if there are more and if so which ones and of course how to get my hands on them.  I cannot personally translate the Japanese characters and have therefore relied upon Bill Besefer's wife and Sean Kelley to help, let me know if any of the labels are wrong.
 
Sean Kelley sent me the following:
 
Regarding the "favored views" set, there is an expression in Japanese called "Toudoufuken" to describe how the geography of Japan is divided up.  The "Tou" is for Tokyo. The "Dou" is for Hokaido. The "Fu" is for Kyoto. The "Ken" is for the rest of Japan, which is divided into prefectures ("ken" in Japanese).
 
8 of your 9 cans are of various prefectures (the last kanji in parenthesis is "ken") while one represents Hokaido. The 8th can pictures Tottori prefecture (your webpage says Daisen Mountain, which is what the
white print on the can says, but all your other photos translates the black print).
 
I fixed the 8th can's description based on Sean's message.  The "tenth" can I just put on the shelves is a bit of an oddity in that I have a Kirin with the same image on it, but without the fellow with the binoculars.   If you have one that isn't shown, PLEASE contact me.

Hokkaido
view1.jpg

Niigata
view4.jpg

Nagano
view7.jpg

Finally... Kumamoto!
kirinview.jpg

Saitama
view2.jpg

Miyazaki
view5.jpg

Tottori
view8.jpg

Shizuoka
view3.jpg

Tochigi
view6.jpg

Kagoshima
view9.jpg

I now have the version of the can shown below with the red silhouette of the fellow with the field glasses.

Odd that they used this image twice...
kirinoffer.jpg
I wonder if there was a second set?

thoughtful? email me at m44rodgers@earthlink.net