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Well, monday was a holiday so my friend and I decided to do a little local tour of a "city" nearby called Yuki in Ibaraki. I say "city" because it is not really a city by western standard but if there is a population over 30,000 the Japanese call it a city.
Anyway, we began the day by going to a garment factory that is very famous for the thread and the dyeing of the thread. The most popular therefore famous color is indigo blue. The vats in which they do this dyeing smelle terrible, we didn't do any dyeing because apparently it is a very difficult task requiring the right combinations of beating the thread and dipping in the dye. So, we just participated in the making of 2 coasters.
After here we received some information about a sake factory nearby that gives tours if you make reservations, so me being an american we just showed up at the place and all was take care of. The guy who took us around couldn't speak english but my friend was able to translate enough information to understand what was going on.
After here we walked around the area because there are quite a few temples in the area. So, we walked and walked and then we snacked on this very odd dessert that is very famous in the area. It is basically sweet beans wrapped in a thin dough and then steamed. It is suppose to be served warm but we got the bottom of the barrel stuff so it was quite cold. It was tasty but odd. There were some very cool temples that had great carvings around the entrances and poles but nothing spectacular. It was very traditional Japanese structures that are popular in the rural areas of Japan.
Well, that was our day, I would give it a 6 of 10 on the interesting scale and if you have a day to kill, could be fun.