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Written on: Tuesday February 2nd, 2010

A journal entry from: Japan 2010

This morning we went to see Takayama's two "markets". They were both really small, maybe 10 stall holders at one? A little too small to be markets, in my opinion. But we did find a place where I could try a traditional Japanese breakfast, which was good to try, but I didn't eally take to it.

Then, we went to wait at a sake brewery for it to open at 10am (Jack's entire reason for visiting Takayama). During the winter, they let visitors inside the brewery for a little tour and a free testing. I also convinced the owner to sell me one of her creme puffs.

Afterwards we visited Takayama-jinya, the only preserved prefectural office from the shogunate days. It was really cold!!! We had to take our shoes off to look around, and although it was nice to see what a huge traditional building looked like, I spent most of the time with freezing feet.

In the afternoon, we walked through the old city centre to the festival floats museum (Takayama Yatai Kaikan) and the Sakurayama Hachimangu shrine, then we walked up a hill to look down on the snow-covered city, very pretty!