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***This post is a bit of a break from the usual sort of thing on this blog.  I was invited by the Japan Travel Bureau (JTB) to become a tourism supporter, and was lucky to be able to attend a 2 day bus tour in Gunma prefecture, along with 13 other foreigners also living in Japan.***

We left Tokyo Station at 8:30am, and drove north for 3 hours into Gunma prefecture.

The first stop on our tour was the Hara Museum ARC, which is an annex of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Modern art museums are not my usual tourist spot of choice, but I was impressed with the Andy Warhol pieces as well as Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin installation. Unfortunately. I wasn’t able to take photos of the interior installations, but the outside of the museum also had some interesting artwork on display.

Next was a stop at Ikaho Green Bokujo, which is a type of farm experience. There are ponies to be ridden, sheep to be walked and bunnies to be petted.

Then it was time for lunch! Mixed pork, beef and lamb barbecue with cabbage and bean sprouts, followed by the farm’s own vanilla ice cream 🙂

After lunch, it was time to explore the park area and see the sheep dog show. I love the Halloween decorations, it reminds me of pumpkin patches and fall festivals from back home.

After getting our fill of the Green Bokujo, it was time for a stop at the Takehisa Yumeji Museum. Takehisa Yumeji was a famous artist and poet who is famous for his unconventional painting of women and inventive prints and illustrations. There was also an annex with some lovely glass work, and the entire museum area was well designed and showcased Takehisa Yumeji’s many works.

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cupcakescall
So after a day spent running around Miyajima, I had this craving for cupcakes, piled high with icing. So we checked out a gourmet magazine and scoped out some cupcake shops in Hiroshima. We ended up at Ciappucino, staring at their display case full of interesting cupcakes.

The thick sugar and butter icing was replaced with flavored whipped cream, and the dense cake was substituted with a fluffy angel’s food cake. While not exactly the kind of dessert I had been imagining, the cupcakes were still amazing!

(No, mom, we didn’t eat them all! We definitely tried them all though :P)

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Tiramisu Mochi

Tiramisu Mochi:Cocoa dusted rice cake filled with a coffee flavored custard.

Nakajimaya Ryokan@ Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

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Sakura blossom wagashi: white manju topped with a salted pickled cherry blossom, and filled with a white bean paste also mixed with cherry blossom flowers to give it a pink color.

A little early for actual sakura season here in Yamanashi, but the color of the pickled flower makes me hope that the blossoms will be spectacular this year.

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shiroan monaka

White Bean Monaka (白あんモナカ ):two thin wafers made of rice flour filled with white sweetened bean paste. Delicious, even if it sticks to your mouth.

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Usagi wagashi

Usagi Wagashi: a type of manju (steamed bread) filled with white anko (bean paste) and a honeyed kumquat. the kumquat is really sweet and refreshing.

Tea ceremony lesson @ Katsunuma, Yamanashi, Japan

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