Friday, January 14, 2011

Yanai, Shirakabe no Machi

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Yanai, a small town and port in Yamaguchi is most well known for its Kingyo Choochin Matsuri featuring goldfish lanterns.

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The main tourist area of the town is known as Shirakabe no Machi, the street of white walls which consists of white-walled buildings, shops, warehouses, etc, mostly from the Edo period when the town was a bustling port.

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Most of the shops now sell crafts, especially the goldfish lanterns, but there is also a famous soy sauce brewery and several of the places are open as small museums.

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