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My friend Ajit recently showed me around his town of Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, home to ancient tombs as well as “fog character” Kiriko-chan (yes, even fog can be anthropomorphized into cuteness). Kiriko-chan lives in the Miyoshi unkai, or sea of fog, which can be seen at sunrise in the autumn from atop Mount Takatani.

Miyoshi is a picturesque town, the junction of three rivers (thus the fog), and has done a commendable job of attracting tourists. There’s an intriguing doll museum that also includes Japanese monsters and a replica of Higabon’s foot. The other attraction is Miyoshi Fudoki Park, an outdoor museum on top of a hill where you can walk among clusters of tombs from the Kofun Period (250-538). The park has an indoor History and Folklore Museum on its grounds as well.

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