Tired of Momijimanju?

Good morning everybody,

It's going to be another gorgeous day out there! And no whinging about the humidity, ok? It's summer. It's Hiroshima. It's going to be humid every day! Ha ha! Just be thankful you're not living in Tokyo! Did you see the wind and rain they got hammered with yesterday? It was unreal! It looked like a typhoon. We haven't experienced anything like that here so far this rainy season. The sunny weather will continue tomorrow and then we are looking at cloudy or rainy weather for the rest of the week. Highs every day will be in the high 20s or low 30s.

Living in Hiroshima, we are often called upon to play 'tour guide' and show our friends around the famous sites in Hiroshima when they visit. I don't know about you, but I often wonder if they are here to visit me or are actually here to check out the A-Bomb Dome and Miyajima and are just using me as a free place to stay! Ha ha!

Anyway, if you're like me and have been Miyajima dozens of times, you're probably a little tired of the traditional momijimanju they serve. It's good, and it comes in a few different flavours, but there is only so many times you can eat it before you get tired of the taste.
deer momijimanju

Covering it in batter and deep-frying it helps, but even still, one a year is enough! 
deer-fried momijimanju

So, what are you going to do the next time you head to Miyajima and can't bear the thought of eating another momijimanju? Eat deer poop, I say!

Deer are ubiquitous on Miyajima-kind of like the way cows are in India. They have some special 'god-like' status, but if you ask me, they're just pests.

Their poop apparently makes for good ice cream though...
deer poop ice cream
What do you think? Want to try some?

Actually, this isn't that original of an idea-if you go to any souvenir shop in Canada, you can find cans, boxes or bags of 'Chocolate Covered Moose Droppings' (droppings is a polite word for poop) and they are basically chocolate covered nuts or coffee beans.

And now they've done the same in Miyajima-but they've added a step and they sprinkle it on ice cream. I think it's a great idea and the next time I get dragged to Miyajima to check out Itsukushima Shrine for the 100th time, I'll be having some Deer Poop Ice Cream! Ha ha! How about you? Sound tempting?
 
Have a great day!

PS I'm not complaining about taking people to Itsukushima Shrine-I secretly love going there (besides that, they usually pay for my lunch for showing them around and letting them stay at my place. I always order the most expensive dish I can find...usually 'Anago Bento'...ha ha!)
deer anago meshi 
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