First we gonna travel back in time to 2006 when I was on little Japanese island called Miyajima.
Nice little place, spent the nite there in quaint little inn. In the room, there were these little snacks, traditional snacks from the region I suppose. Now take a good look at the two pix below, there are the REAL deal.
I think a couple of months later back in Singapore, I found this at a local Japanese toy store - the mini-look-alikes! The boxes were marked so I knew what I was getting in them. The next few pix below I took today. I actually have them on display next to the TV in my living room. Can't zoom any closer, but they look like the real thing to me, right down to the little tea kettle and cups.
Geez, I just realized I got a whole bunch of pix from my earlier Japan trips like the ones above that I never got to post. So here are the dinner pix I had at the inn, followed by the breakfast pix the next morning. Can you imagine eating all that for dinner (the pix only shows half of it!), then waking up to more food?!?