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DINE and Destinations - - JAPAN UNDISCOVERED -

Shaped like a mas­sive pear, the Ni­jis­seiki Pear Mu­seum in­tro­duces us to Tot­tori’s renowned, crisp and trop­i­cally sweet 20th Cen­tury pear. Labour­in­ten­sive har­vests yield 800 pears per tree, and each one is hand wrapped while still on the branch! Sakaim­i­nato is a town over­run by Ja­panese folk­lore mon­sters called Yōkai. One hun­dred bronze stat­ues from the pop­u­lar manga Gegege no Ki­tarō line the main street from the train sta­tion to the Mizuki Shigeru Mu­seum that houses the au­thor’s works. Cross stone foot­bridges into white-walled, red-tiled store­houses from the Edo and Meiji era in Ku­rayoshi. Sixty shops sell lo­cal goods and crafts. Some brew a va­ri­ety of saké and soy sauces. Ever tasted soy sauce ice cream? It's an ac­quired taste. www.ilove­

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