Here is Tomoko and her Mom from Ikaho, Guma prefecture.
I went there for an osen trip with my family which Iâ€™ll write about another time. (two day trip, 750 dollars!!)
Tomoko has taken over the family business (a souvenir shop) that is over 100 years old.
It burned down three times!
What a sad thing to happen to such a sweet family.
They sell all kinds of little Japanese trinkets. You can buy a Japanese souvenir from them for anywhere from 100 yen to 45,000 yen. (One to four hundred fifty dollars.) Their shop homepage here http://www.page.sannet.ne.jp/nmabuchi/
Where they live is very country side Japan. There you’ll find some of the friendliest people in Japan.
Tomoko studies English and her mom studies Chinese. However I did not see any language schools in their town??, so asked about it and they said â€œWe study via a new online system where we can see and hear the teacher live!â€
If youâ€™re reading this, please leave a comment telling everyone your shopâ€™s name because I lost your business cardâ€¦ Sorry about that.