last sunday a friend and i drove up to gujo, a small mountain town about an hour north of gifu city. i’ve wanted to go ever since i found out that the plastic food samples that are in nearly every restaurant window were invented here. and apparently, it’s still where 80 percent of the samples in japan are made.

so, the first thing we did was go to the food replica shop. there we were able to make tempura (shrimp, pepper and pumpkin) and a lettuce leaf.  it’s incredible how real they look. we spent a few hours walking around, checking out the small side streets and the tea ceremony museum. we drove up to gujo-jo just as the sun was going down.

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