JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


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Benibana Furusato-kan Hall (べに花ふるさと館) in Okegawa is mainly a restaurant. It was originally a late 19th century home of an industrialist. It also offers udon-making lessons. From JR Okegawa Station, take the bus and get off at "Beniban"Benibana" means safflower.
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Lunch on the 2nd floor of Benibana Furusato-kan Hall.
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Lunch at Benibana Furusato-kan Hall was udon noodles with tempura topping. Saitama is Japan's second largest producer of udon noodles after Kagawa Prefecture.
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Benibana Furusato-kan Hall menu, mainly udon and soba noodles.
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Large plaza outside Benibana Furusato-kan Hall is used for events.
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When we arrived in Jan. 2020, we were greeted by a wonderful dance and taiko drum performance by kids and parents from the local Okegawa Tanpopo Nursery School (桶川たんぽぽ保育園).
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Okegawa Tanpopo Nursery School performed the Ara-uma horse dance (荒馬踊り) backed by taiko drummers.
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Okegawa Tanpopo Nursery School taiko drummers.
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Okegawa Tanpopo Nursery School taiko drummers.
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Event stage at Benibana Furusatokan.
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