In the outskirts of Wakura town, there is a scenic temple called “Seirinji”, where you can be released from the fatigue of the trip, and perhaps, even of the daily life. You can find the temple at the foot of a small mountain, after taking 5-min walk from the central area of Wakura hot springs.Climbing up the stairs…the space you’d encounter would trigger a deep breathFor its attractive atmosphere, you would be tempted to look into Seirinji when you pass by without knowing the temple. It’s not that far from the central area of Wakura hot springs, so you might come across this place when taking a walk.It feels like the space, surrounded by the moss from the stairs to the precincts, and also the trees of different shades of green, makes you breathe more deeply than usual.On the left side of the building you’d see in front after climbing up the stairs, there is a promenade surrounded by beautiful bamboo trees. As you go up over 500 stairs, you’d arrive at a park with an observation platform. Depending on the season and weather, you can view the landscape of Wakura hot springs town and Nanao Bay.Resting in the space where Japanese royal family once stayedThe temple has another spot worth visiting: “Gobenden” building, constructed in 1909. The place where Japanese royal family had stayed for their visit to Wakura hot springs was reconstructed here. It’s common for architectures used by the royal family to be dismantled later, but Wakura town still has one in shape.The emperor used here as a bedroom. Please look at the roof made from hinoki cypress. For the curving part on the edge, craftsmen made small scratches by saws in order to bend the woods slowly .The view from the verandah changes for each season, having the visitors enjoy the beauty. At present you can see the yard, but its location had faced the ocean before reconstruction, and visitors used to be able to view the ocean from the verandah.Temple in Wakura town, “as it is”You can go into the Gobenden once you get permission from the temple’s people. It’s not that you pay the entrance fee and walk the decided route, but in this way, you can enjoy the temple’s one-and-only atmosphere as it is.InformationSeirinjiAddress: Wakura-cho Re 61, Nanao City, Ishikawa PrefecturePhone Number: 0767-62-2836Opening Hours: Always, but visiting in the daytime is recommended (better to call the temple before visiting)Closed Days: NeverWi-Fi: Not ProvidedLanguages Used: Only JapaneseClosest Station: JR Nanao Line Wakura Onsen StationAccess: 5-min Taxi ride from Wakura Onsen Station
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Southern Africa (IOM3) has acknowledged Spike Taylor, Managing Director of Multotec Rubber, for the significant role he has played in the industrial rubber industry since 2002, Multotec says.At the 24th IOM3 National Rubber conference, held in Cape St Francis, in April, Taylor was awarded the John Tallant Medal for Outstanding Merit for this contribution. The local arm of the international IOM3, established more than 60 years ago, is made up of representatives of the South Africa industrial rubber sector. Taylor, who has a BSc in Engineering Metallurgy, began his career at De Beers and, in 1985, joined Multotec as a Sales Engineer. He progressed through the organisation and, in 2009, was appointed as the MD of Multotec Rubber. Multotec Rubber is primarily focused on the local manufacture of rubber and rubber composite grinding mill liners. It established its local manufacturing plant in Spartan, in 2000. The company can point to more than 400 successful mill and scrubber liner installations across Africa, it said. This, Taylor says, does not include those installations in countries outside of Africa. Referencing recent installations, Taylor said these include an AG mill lining on a diamond mine in East Africa, a lining in a secondary ball mill on a platinum mine on the South Africa western Limb, two scrubber linings on a phosphate mine in North Africa and a SAG mill lining for a Zambia copper mine. “In addition to these, Multotec Rubber has significantly increased its footprint in West Africa with the installation of three ball mill linings and a SAG mill lining at gold plants in this region,” he said.In all instances, the Multotec product replaced competitor lining, according to the company. Taylor attributes this to the focused approach of the Multotec Rubber team to leverage mill liner technology to ensure customers receive the benefit of the company’s extensive knowledge, facilitating optimum recoveries. “By maintaining the high road when it comes to product quality and product consistency, we have been able to prove to customers that those who accept inferior product because of lower pricing do inevitably pay for this over the long run with production issues,” Taylor concluded.