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  • This is Kurashiki.

  • It's a historic city in Okayama prefecture centered around a beautiful canal and old-fashioned streets.

  • I spent four days here with an awesome group of people

  • traveling to every corner and experiencing the best the city has to offer.

  • I guess the first thing I should say is Kurashiki is gorgeous.

  • It has a large historical district with streets and streets of old houses and shops, with

  • incredibly kind storeworkers. A ryokan worker even let us borrow a lamp called a chochin.

  • We spent most our time shooting a promotional video for the city, which we took very seriously.

  • [pottery DJ]

  • This is how we MAKE A VIDEEEOOO

  • Can you look up?

  • You should make this your facebook profile picture.

  • Shut up.

  • [singing Billy Joel]

  • But I wanted to share my side of things, too, so I took videos to show you guys when I had the chance.

  • This is Achi shrine.

  • Here I did Nikkusai, which is a Shinto ritual offering food to kamisama.

  • They went over the instructions so quickly and I was freaking out because

  • I couldn't remember and I was sure I was going to do it horribly and disrespect the

  • kamisama, and the priest would be shocked in horror and the whole town would be cursed!!!

  • But I did it okay.

  • We also climbed a mountain.

  • I'm not sure how safe that was.

  • I got to ride in a couple boats, which was a ton of fun. I love riding in boats.

  • And even more than that, my favorite thing of all from Kurashiki was the people.

  • This boat driver was so incredibly nice, coming all the way out to drive us around in a couple

  • circles in the rain. He told us about some amazing cherry blossoms they have by the river

  • there, and even came back after leaving with his camera so he could show us pictures!

  • This is a guest house called igusa. This house is so old that the roof is still thatched,

  • and a woman was living in it like normal until just recently!

  • Here I got to try igusa weaving.

  • Igusa is a type of straw that's used to make tatami mats, but you can also dye it

  • and weave it by hand to make things like place mats!

  • The woman from the guesthouse who taught me was so down to earth and easy to talk to.

  • But the central piece of the city is a guesthouse called Yurinan. The food is so popular that

  • people were waiting in line each morning to get in. Their most famous dishes are these

  • pudding cups, and tamago kakegohan, which is raw egg on rice. My favorite food though

  • was the onigiri. I had several of them, and I'm still craving them now! The top floor

  • is a sleeping space for visitors to use, so if you're traveling to Kurashiki look into

  • staying at Yurinan! It's The staff is so friendly and welcoming. They even gave

  • me a tube of toothpaste, because I left mine in the bathroom at a tonkatsu restaurant

  • don't ask. I really loved meeting everyone there.

  • There's also an izakaya nearby with the best izakaya food I've ever had in my life.

  • If you don't eat their korokke before you die your entire life will be a waste. The

  • man who ran the bar was awesome. And while we were filming there was an older drunk couple

  • sitting next to me, who talked to me about the military and peace in Japan for probably

  • a good 20 minutes, and then afterward they joined us for dinner.

  • Kampai!

  • This is oden. And it's Japanese traditional food. This restaurant is famous for this oden.

  • So excellent. Excellent!

  • Marvelous! Wonderful!

  • Nice to meet you!

  • Honestly these are the kind of experiences I'd love to have every day in Japan. I really

  • I really felt like I was a part of the city there, instead of just a visitor.

  • I had conversations with so many people, it was just incredible.

  • I highly recommend Kurashiki,

  • if not for the beautiful atmosphere, then at least for the people!

  • By the way, if you want to watch the video we made, you can click here!

This is Kurashiki.

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    luna.chou posted on 2020/02/25
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