I hope you're not lactose intolerant...

Good morning everyone,

We got some heavy rain overnight, but the rest of today should be dry...well, relatively dry anyway. It's so humid these days, that I can't use 'dry' to describe anything in Hiroshima...ha ha! Then we can expect rain for the next few days. Suck it up, it's rainy season.

Forget the little old woman who lived in a shoe...

...there’s a Japanese family who lives in a milk carton.

Mirasaka is a quiet, nondescript country town, surrounded by fields and consisting largely of low-rise houses, located about an hour-and-a-half away from Hiroshima Station by car (around Shobara and Sera, if you want to look it up) . Despite its quaint appearance, though, there’s one local landmark that makes the town stand out, attracting so much attention it’s even been shown on national television. It's the milk house.


Shaped and coloured to look like the “Mainichi Gyunyu”, or “Daily Milk” brand, the red-white-and-blue building stands tall above the other houses in the area.

Looking at the real carton, you can see just how well the building replicates the original product.

mainichi milk

The building houses a milk store, run by a family business that lives on the premises and also delivers the dairy product to the neighbourhood.

The giant milk carton has been gracing the town with its presence for more than thirty years. Here’s hoping it’s still there providing milk to the locals with its happy facade for many more years to come!

If you're planning on driving out there to see the house and try some locally produced milk, here are the directions.

Giant Milk Carton/大迫牛乳店
Address: Hiroshima-ken, Miyoshi-shi, Mirasaka, Mirasakachō 673−3
Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Closed Sundays)
*Hours may vary without prior notice

Well, I can't see me making the trip out there just to see that house, but if I'm ever in the area, I'll swing by to check it out.

Have a great day!

PS There is a children's rhyme called, "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe..."

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