What’s that ball?

Takasago Brewery, Fujinomya City

Kikuyoi Brewery, Fujieda City

Eikun Brewery, Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku

May old sake breweries have a “ball” hung under the eaves or roof at their entarnce.
It is made of ceadr branches.
Have you ever wondered about it purpose?
Actually it is a kind of “timer”: the cedar will dry and change colour and give the brewers indications not only time elapesd but also on climatic conditions!
Similarly, in England old pubs and beer breweries hung a bush under their eaves for the same purpose.
On a similar note, winegrowers in the Bordeaux area still plant roses at the end of each vine row to check the weather and especially the event of mould forming!

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