Last weekend I went to Nikko, a historical area about two hours away from Tokyo. It was a great chance to road test my new Sony Alpha-300 (finally, a flip screen on a DSLR). Hopefully I can upload some of those photos soon, but before I do that, there’s one particular photo I just can’t get past.
A widespread Japanese tradition is omiyage, or souvenirs, very often in the form of food. You’d normally be expected to buy these for your co-workers and friends whenever you go away on a trip. Omiyage are often specialised to each region, playing off famous sights or local delicacies.
One of the most famous sights in Nikko are the “3 monkeys“. They’re actually not too big in person, perched just above a doorway:
So, to play off that while preserving the air of grandeur and history of the area, a local specialty would be:
…faux monkey poo. The label reads “saru no unpii”. “Saru” means monkey, “no” is like apostrophe s, but I couldn’t find “unpii” in any of my dictionaries. When you put it into the mighty Google though, you’ll be treated to lots of lovely pictures of cat… “leavings”.
But here I am explaining when… well, just look at it. Truly, graphic representations of animal digestive tracts are the international language.