Welcome to Yura, aka Conan stop! Located in 北栄町, Hokuei-chō. Another themed up JR stop in the Tottori prefecture. Prepared to do THE Conan manga pilgrimage…
If there’s ANY toy that you miss from the 1950s, one will likely find their child time favourites in this humble museum. Their collection was simply amazing. Cassettes, VHS, courtyard games… nothing was too retro for this place.
The whole town is themed up to the spooky comedy manga, Gegege no Kitaro (ゲゲゲの鬼太郎). This manga series is a Japanese classic from the 1960s, drawn by Mr Shigeru Mizuki. The story line is based on a collection of Japanese folklore and local superstitions. It essentially gained cult status and hence the crazy town & train line for this manga. Yup, the manga fixtures are all PERMANENT. The theme runs strong from the moment I set foot onto the Yonago train platform… *big load of photos alert*
Boras, Sweden, was once a busting textile city. Think factories. Well, now that the labour is too expensive, textile industry became a distant history for Sweden. I’ve worked in the clothing / apparel business for over a decade now. To me, the museum had a very personally touch to it. There’s honestly nothing glamourous about the making of apparel, but it is an important industry that creates thousand of jobs (factories, shops and offices). The museum has a great touch to put things in perspective.
I am a HUGE fan of Nissin noodles. I buy them in cases and occasionally dream about them. Anyways, this trip was more of a ‘pilgrimage’ to Nissin. Just a little bit of history here. Mr Momofuku Ando 安藤 百福 1910-2007, invented THE chicken instant noodle (Chikin ramen チキンラーメン) in 1958. This revolutionised the world – quick meal to treat hungry salary men of Japan, inspiration to space travel meal, the benchmark for noodle preservation technology. The ultimate solution to long nights of gaming, of course. The museum housed the replica of the original kitchen where Mr Ando created the first instant noodle.
Need I say more? Beer tasting, beer history, how to make beer. It is all here in one place. Bonus: free entry! Besides the well thought out exhibitions and cosy environment, it is worth mentioning that they have a lovely selection of exotic ice cream. Surprise find was their salt & black pepper flavour ice cream!! Must do for any self respecting foodie. Such an intriguing flavour.
Typhoon? Nothing stops me, I had an indestructible jacket. Nagasaki doesn’t feel very Japan really. Walk around the streets 1 block from the harbour and there were Dutch, Chinese and British colonial building (even an HSBC!). Well it is reasonable given that it is the first window to the world for Japan. Even the road sign isn’t the Japanese style that I’d expect (aka Kyoto style).