– [Narrator] For millionsof Japanese people,
springtime means one thing: baseball.
But what a fan probablydoesn’t think about:
what happens to all thosebroken baseball bats?
Well. one chopsticksmanufacturer has an answer.
A HOME RUN FOR CHOPSTICKS
My name is Hyogoo Uratani
I am the chairman of Hyozaemon
The company was founded in 1921 by my father
The chopsticks being made here
are remanufactured from baseball bats
or from using leftover materials from baseball bat production
Wood from the aodamo tree
was popular for makingfine wooden products
and professional baseball bats.
But because of forest tree mismanagement
the species was in trouble.
The aodamo tree itself has become depleted
and planting them versus the amount of bat production doesn’t match
There was an article in the newspaper
and it said that bats made out of aodamo were becoming rare
And the article was about
the people in the baseball industry wanting to do something about this
Instead of contributing to the problem
Mr. Uratani had an idea.
I thought. The leftover materials when manufacturing bats
we can use them to make our chopsticks
With that, Mr. Uratani put his plan into motion.
Baseball teams gathered their broken bats
Broken aodamo bats are shipped to us from all over the country
With a broken bat
we can make four to five pairs of chopsticks
– [Narrator] With the profits from these baseball chopsticks
Mr. Uratani has joined baseball leagues and teams
to donate to a group planting a new forest of aodamo trees.
［Aodamo tree］have become very precious resource
The environment shouldn’t be polluted
I feel strongly that
we are all kept alive by the universe and the earth