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Nakatanidou Mochi Shop - Nara

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What I love about food businesses in Japan is that they are always trying to one-up each other. This leads to products that are either very eye-catching, artistic, and sometimes downright unique. The same goes for quality, servings, and taste. When all these seems tied or it's hard to really distinguish which is the best, they resort to annual national competitions. To which the winner gets recognition for his work and better sales for the year (and sometimes beyond). This applies to many of the Japanese traditional cuisines like ramen, okonomiyaki, and mochi among others. 

Speaking of mochi, this Japanese food is an important part of Japan's culture and tradition. Since there are machine-made mochis now, those who make mochi in the mochitsuki style (mochi traditionally made in a ceremony) are still held by many in high regard and their mochi is considered higher in value and quality. 


If you wish to see a mochitsukiduring your visit to Japan then head to Nara City and check out…

Japan Diaries 3: Day 3

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Day 3(December 21, 2019) Good morning guys! Today is the 3rd day of our 2019 Japan Adventure. For today's itinerary, we're off to explore Nara City in Nara Prefecture. 



Since Nara City is about 40+ kilometers away, we woke up early to catch the first earliest train we could going to Nara Station. This is to avoid joining the potential influx of tourists heading to Nara City on this beautiful Saturday morning.  




From our Air BnB residence, we walked for about three minutes to Kyoto Station and bought tickets to Nara Station. A ticket costs 720 yen per adult and 360 yen for a child. The travel time is around 46 minutes. 


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