This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Little Kyoto Vol1

Mio’s next journey took her to the “Little Kyoto” of Fukui Prefecture, the charming town of Obama. Known for its historical streets and traditional culture, Obama offers a unique glimpse into Japan’s past.

Upon arriving in Obama, Mio first explored the old town area, famous for its well-preserved Edo-period buildings. She strolled through the narrow streets lined with traditional wooden houses and shops, each with its own story to tell. The nostalgic atmosphere made her feel as if she had traveled back in time.

Next, Mio visited the Wakasa Fisherman’s Wharf, a lively market where she experienced the local seafood culture. Obama is renowned for its fresh fish and seafood, and Mio enjoyed tasting various local delicacies while learning about the town’s rich fishing heritage.

Mio then headed to the Myotsuji Temple, a historic site nestled in the lush greenery of the surrounding hills. The temple, with its beautiful gardens and ancient architecture, offered a peaceful retreat. She learned about the temple’s history and its significance in the local community.

Additionally, Mio explored the Sanchomachi district, known for its traditional crafts. She visited several workshops where artisans create Wakasa lacquerware and other traditional crafts. Watching the craftsmen at work, she was fascinated by the precision and dedication required to produce these exquisite items.

Throughout her visit, Mio was enchanted by Obama’s blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The town’s well-preserved heritage and scenic surroundings left a lasting impression on her. This journey deepened her appreciation for Japan’s diverse traditions and inspired her future artistic endeavors.

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