5. Nakagawa went to Germany without knowing he’d become a brew guru
Nakagawa left England, tired and broke, for Bremerhaven, Germany. Once there, he befriended a young man called Shuzo Aoki, who was then a Japanese student studying abroad, but would later become a prominent Japanese foreign minister. Impressed by Nakagawa’s work ethic and sharp mind (he was now fluent in both German and English), Aoki took an interest in his future, and suggested he learn to brew beer. To that end, referred him to the Berlin Beer Brewing Company in Fuerstenwalde, Germany. For two years, Nakagawa worked there, and worked, and worked some more, and he returned to Japan a skilled braumeister.