A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

See the Iwasaki-Ya (岩崎屋) an Extant Meiji Period Shop, from the INSIDE, as it serves its last weeks as Hojo`s Tourist information Office (until Nov. 20th) » 111103_1623~01

The interior of the old shop is still intact and offers not only a place for travellers to rest their weary feet and enjoy some complimentary tea, but also a chance to purchase or sample some local products- especially the Hojo Mais cream ( pronounced MICE CREAM)- an interestingly textured ice cream developed by students of Tsukuba University which is made useing Hojo Mai- the areas famous brand of rice

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