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Inspired by my tour of Matsumoto Castle in Nagano, I decided to go to Himeji Castle at the end of my spring vacation. While touring the castle, which is under renovation till 2015, was quite interesting, I actually had more fun going to the Takarazuka exhibit at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History nearby. I wouldn’t have even known about the exhibit if I hadn’t seen fliers for it in the train station, so it must have been fate!

Photography was allowed at the exhibit, so I’ve included some of the highlights here.

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The combination of people at my office going on a lot of trips and our reception of lots of visitors means there’s always a lot of omiyage (お土産) being passed out at work. Omiyage generally means a gift of individually wrapped local foods brought back from a trip. For instance, if I miss work to go on a trip, I am expected to bring back a box of goodies for my coworkers–peanut cookies from Chiba, matcha-flavored sweets from Kyoto, senbei with Hikone Castle imprinted on them from Shiga, etc.

I’ve been trying to document the omiyage I’ve received at the office, because some of them have been interesting, surprising, or even famous.

Exhibit A: Fugu Pie (ふぐパイ)

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