It was lovely, as usual to see them. We stayed the night on the condition Lily & Masa went out for a very overdue dinner together. And Hiro was quite chuffed by Reo opted for him to read a book to them rather than me. Lily and Masa introduced Hiro to Wii.... on the bright side if Hiro can cope with deprivation, it would make for an easy Christmas present...
One of Niigata's claims to fame is being a senbei (rice cracker) capital, and much to the delight of Hiro (and Masa), Lily suggested a visit to a senbei factory. The array of senbei was mind boggling. They had a 'taiken' or hands on part of the factory - something that seems to be prioritized in Japanese primary school education. We could bake and season senbei and with the collection we had, there was no chance of us going hungry as we pushed on to Odate via Tsuroka.
|A tobacco hut at a rest stop on the expressway - on the northern|
roads the smoking area is usually outdoors.
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|A shrine to the senbei|