My guest yesterday has been to Japan more than 5 times and as we ate our creation, she told me stories about her visits to Japan.
Out of many interesting and funny stories, here is the one I think travelers would be interested.
Whenever she travels some place in Japan where she hasn't been to, she looks for gotouchi-kitty (ご当地キティ/area exclusive Hello Kitty）which is sold only in the area to find out what to eat in the area.
Gotouchi-kitty looks like below. Blowfish kitty is only sold in Yamaguchi, the pref. famous for blowfish. Chiba pref. is the biggest producer of peanuts and the peanuts kitty in only available in Chiba. And melon kitty in Hokkaido pref. as that's the place famous for melon production.
Gotouchi kitty is not always food-themed. You can find castle kitty, maiko kitty or panda kitty for example.
So once you find themed kitty, you know what the place is famous for !
This doesn't work for Japanese as we've already known famous foods or things of an area but why don't you try this when you are in Japan and eat foods kitty suggests ?
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