Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses In Shizuoka Prefecture 16: Kanaya

April 23, 2014

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“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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I found this comparatively middle-sized kura in Kanaya, Shimada City during my recent Tea Festival coverage!

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It looked old enough although in good repair. Only the windows showed its age as the concept of the walls in base stones and and hard concrete block made it very resistant!

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An old Japanese talkative lady very proud of the more than the 90 years she lived in the city informed us that this kura was owned by the Matsumura Family apparently the richest in Kanaya.
Since she told us she used to play nearby as a kid we can imagine the age of the edifice!

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A very sturdy and well-maintained kura still used as a shed!

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Kanaya Tea Festival 2014

April 16, 2014

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The Kanaya Tea Festival is the more important for being held only every two years!
It is held on the second week end of April for two days, meaning that the ladies and girls of the whole town parade no less than 4 times during that time!

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I arrived at Kanaya Station on Sunday and altough the parade is held a bit away from it you knew what was going on!

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The welcoming committee!

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Our bunch of 7 visitors, including 6 expats, was duly invited to pose with the welcoming party for the official photo album!

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All ladies from the town participated to the whole festival!

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As for the little ones, they did need some help!

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A small dance party of cha musume was on show in front of the Station all day!

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No less than three generations!

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Participants, especially adults, were busy with preparations of the floats for the evening. Unfortunately Shizuoka City is quite a long way and I couldn’t stay at night… Probably for the best as I would have had to stay overnight with all that drinking going on! LOL

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Busy, busy, busy!

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Fixing the lanterns to light up the night!

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Last practice!

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Well, these hadn’t waited to practice drinking!

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And those veterans definitely enjoyed the respite!

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All under the watchful eyes of the organizers?

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Cha Musume Pageant!

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Alright, ladies! Get ready!

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Let me help with those knots!

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So cute!

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Not the way the dancers were carrying their belongings!

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Over 1,000 dancers all set!

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during that time onlookers were busy feeding themselves! Takoyaki!

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Okonomiyaki!

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Tea leaves massage!!

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Professional demonstration!

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Dance step 1?

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Dance step 2?

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Dance step 3?

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One little cha musume forgot to turn around!

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Dance step 4?

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Dance step 6?

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Never too young to start!

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In two years time these little girls will be veterans!

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My favorite dancer of the day!

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And I left to the sound of two strong lady drummers!

In two years time I’ll make sure to stay there all nigh!

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Drummers at Kanaya Tea Festival!

April 14, 2014

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Like in many festivals all over Japan, drums is a main feature not to miss, whatever the size or level!

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Drums has been one of the main features of the Kanaya Tea Festival right from the beginning!
Apparently this was the sole responsibility of the men at first, but now ladies and youngsters of all ages take part for a complete participation by the population of Kanaya town!

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These days the drum float is motorized and all six districts bands use it in turns!

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Kanaya Taiko/金谷太鼓/The Drums of Kanaya!

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Young and young at heart!

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A demonstration of everlasting woman power!

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Practice before home? LOL

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Mind you, the men were not losing out!

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Note the little kid in the front on the left!
Not afraid at all!

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They certainly enjoy themselves!

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The drummer of the day, still a high school girl!

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And what about those kids! Incredible!

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“Kids” at Kanaya Tea Festival!

April 14, 2014

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Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of April saw the 36th biannual Tea Festival enacted in Kanaya Town, Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture!
It gave me another ample opportunity to take some interesting pictures of Japanese “characters” one doesn’t have many occasions to catch!

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A tired little girl and a proud ather!

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An exhausted little girl and a stolid mother!

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Cute boys from the First District!

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Sometimes games are more important than festivals!

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What did I tell you?

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Two generations of ladies enjoying the attention!

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The cutest girl of the day?

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Weary and wary!

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We know this cute girl!

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V signs!

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Grandmother and granddaughter who actually asked foreign visitors to pose together for the official promotion pictures!

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Exhausted after 4 parades in 2 days, but still proud!

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“Faces” at Kanaya Tea Festival!

April 13, 2014

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Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of April saw the 36th biannual Tea Festival enacted in Kanaya Town, Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture!
It gave me another ample opportunity to take some interesting pictures of Japanese “characters” one doesn’t have many occasions to catch!

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A friend of mine said he looks like a disguised truck driver!
These guys look fierce, but actually it’s all banter and fun!

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These guys had certainly started their drinking early!

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Now, what faces are in front?

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I asked to look fierce!
They certainly had a hard time not to explode into laughter!

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I didn’t have to tell him to look fierce, surprised as he was with the sudden attention of an obnoxious photographer!

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Some did try their best to look fierce!

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These almost gave up on looking at their most serious!

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The bunch of the day!

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Utogi Kagura Spring Festival in Utogi, Shizuoka City, with the Wasabi & Tea Farmers!

April 6, 2014

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On the first Saturday of April and second Saturday of October are held the Spring and October Utogi Kagura Festivals/有東木神楽祭 at Shirahige Shrine/白髭神社 in Utogi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City/静岡市葵区有東木 by the local wasabi and tea farmers!
Yesterday as I happened to help a French reporter in her interviewing local wasabi farmers whose abode stands just beside the Shinto Shrine, I had the chance to say “hello” to the participants in their company!

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The stairs to the shrine up to a steep slope. We already are at about 600 meters altitude!

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That shrine had been erected no less than 500 years ago when only green tea was cultivated in this area, up in the maountains on the right bank of the Abe River!
And the oldest cedar tree rising in front was already found in local records 720 year ago. Its height is presently 35 meters, its circumference 6.80 meter and its branches spread as far as 15 meters!

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The official Utogi Village Shrine! Shirahige Shrine/白髭神社/The “white Beard” Shinto Shrine!

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The torii/鳥居/sacred birds gate found at the entrance of all Shinto Shrines in Japan!

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The cedar trees’ invasion of the stair stones is a sure indication of the shrine’ age!

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I managed to sandwich the visit on both sides of the interview which allowed me to the preparations of the dance!

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Practice on the Japanese drum!

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Practicing the songs!

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Fires had been lit for seabreams to grill. Seabreams are a symbol of prosperity even up in a Japanese mountain!

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More cooking was done nearby, especially “oden”!

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Even at this time of the year nights can turn cold!

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Local people took the opportunity to socialize!

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Salt and sake offerings to the shrine!

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The dancers taking some hot food and Japanese sake after the practice!

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When I came back later the seabreams were grilled to perfection!

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And the dancing was in full swing!

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Don’t worry, the sabers are fake! But they weren’t in Edo Times!

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A second dance was performed with bells instead of sabers!

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Naturally I was offered a taste of these succulent seabreams (and plenty of hot sake!)!

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And even more with hot sake!

Looking forward to the Autumn Festival!

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March 31, 2014

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In spite of the horrendous yesterday, or in some cases because of it because of the ensuing sudden rise in temperature, the cherry blossoms are practically exploding inside Sumpu Castle Park for the pleasure of photographers and revelers enjoying hanami/flower viewing parties!

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The picture of the day!
Which is blooming, the pine tree or the cherry tree!

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Sumpu Castle Park offers many possibilities for photographers whether hey want to take only cherry blossoms take them among the many trees and flower beds!

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Flowers beds are tendered and renewed all year round!

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This might make for a great picture at night!

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Mind you, simple photographs are still the best most of the time!

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Mangazan Koji in Ieyama, Shimada City: The Only Temple in Japan Dedicated to Human Feet!

March 31, 2014

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If you have the opportunity to get off one of the Oigaway Ralway Line trains in Ieyama, Hon Kawane, Shimada City, you will find a great oddity a few minutes walk from the walk from the Station!

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Mangazan Kouji Temple!
It actually, like many similar places in Japan combines both Buddhism adn Shinto as both temple and shrine were built on the same spot!
This particular Temple was built in 1346, around 650 years ago !

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This is the sole Buddhist Temple in Japan consecrated to the health of human feet!
But there is more to see there than this particular concern of the human atanomy!

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Beware that guardian!

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His companion is not be taken lightly either!

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The lion guardians had something unusual about them!

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It is the first time I find such lions with a mouth painted red!

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Incidentally, such lion guardians bear a diffrent “grin”!

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The temple also has a real Kyudou/Japanese archery shooting range at the back!

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With all the water rushing down the mountain, rain or no rain, this is a very clean place!

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The Buddhist bell!

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Centenarian cedar trees everywhere!

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For such a little place the way out is grandiose!

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In search of Japanese history and culture!

Expect more soon!

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Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 15: Ieyama, Shimada City!

March 30, 2014

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“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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i discovered this small but well-preserved kura in Ieyama, a famous small hot spring resort along the Oigawa Railway Line in Shmada City.
It belongs to the Suzuki Family who had a sake brewery called Suzuki Brewery there until 1940 until they had to close it due to WWII. They never resumed the brewing of sake but they kept the kura all the time.

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It still has a “namako” design on its lower hall.
It is basically empty now, but the owners keep it into good repair!

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The wall facing the road had to be protected with corrugated iron though.
But the windows are nicely up-kept!

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I wonder if you could open a cafe inside!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

March 30, 2014

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Today saw an incredibly strong storm with driving rain pelting everything until early afternoon in Shizuoka Prefecture but it certainly discourage many a steam locomotive fan to go to Ieyama Station in Shizmada City!

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It was certainly cats, dogs, halberds and what else when we arrived at the antique station of Ieayama!

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I’m sure that a train buff would like to go home with this wooden sign with name of Ieayama Station in Japanese!

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The station might be really ancient (the washrooms are modern!) but you will find a cute little shop inside!

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The station staff had to scream off some buffs off the tracks when the Steam Locomotive finally arrived!

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People crowded the small gate to take a picture inside the driving rain!

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That is when I realized there was a better way to take a picture of the train!
I just went outside and walked around the small station in spite of the rain which contributed to a totally deserted area for my great pleasure!

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Just looked great!
Why are people only interested in the front of a locomotive!

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Steaming in the rain!

I’ll have to come again by a fine weather and with the cherry blossoms flowering!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Cherry Blossoms-Mizuochi Police Box, Aoi Ku, ShIzuoka City!

March 29, 2014

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“Of all places!”, you might say and I tend to agree as the occupants of MIzuochi Police Box in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, are famously hopeless in a city where’s crime is almost inexistent and where the police is reduced to lurk on bicycles behind large signs to catch traffic offenders!

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I didn’t include the police box in my pictures lest its denizens use it as a proof of my malfeasance!

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The Mizuochi Police Box is located at the corner of Kitakaido Street and the Eastern Wall of Sumpu Castle Park.
There you can admire the wall and part of its moat.

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It is a great spot right now for cherry blossoms visewing, although it will last only a few days especially with rain forecast tomorrow!

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The trees are perched on top of the wall and cascade down to the moat!

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Good (not like me!) photographers should be able to avoid modern distractions and achieve great results!

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Little gems!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 33: Kambara, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

March 27, 2014

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Kanbara, located between Yui and Shin kambara in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, was merged into Shizuoka City on March 1st, 2006, but Shimizu City became part of Shizuoka City as Shimizu Ku on April 1st, 2004.
On the other hand Yui merged with Shimizu Ku into Shizuoka City only on November 1st, 2008 with some confusing results when it comes to manhole covers!
Soon or later, especially after I have covered Shin Kanbara, I will have to to publish a compilation of only the truly decorated manhole covers in the whole of Shizuoka City, and that is mor than 2 dozens of them!

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This is the most representative fire hydrant manhole cover of Kanabara. Even though, the crest is that of Yui, but the mark/first kanji/蒲 of Kanbara is included!

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It is often found together with a water valve pit!

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This pattern exists elsewhere but it is inscribed with “Kanbara Town”!

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A quite ancient manhole cover over a fire cistern!

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A valve pit with the Kanbara mark!

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A larger valve pit with the Kanbara mark!

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A valve pit in blue instead of orange with measures inverted and the Kanbara Mark!

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The same but with the measurements “properly” set!

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This pressurized air valve pit, being quite a common type could be well a national type!

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It is also often found together with a previous water valve pit!

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Very ancient Kanbara Water duct cover!

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This beautiful fire hydrant cover is actually a Shizuoka City item, therefore quite recent!

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This cover reflects the confusion. It is a soccer fire hydrant manhole cover from Shimizu City before it was merged into Shizuoka City, which could have been set either before or after the merger!

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This water valve pit being very recent it tends to prove that the Shimizu City covers were later used in Shimizu Ku which includes Kanbara Town as it was called before the merger!

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The same with different measures!

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The same again with still different measures!

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This type of water valve pit can be found elsewhere!

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A newly discovered foundry company!

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Hayakawa Foundry!

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Cherry Blossoms At Last Blooming in Shizuoka City!

March 27, 2014

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The cherry blossoms are at last beginning to bloom, at least some varieties, in Shizuoka City!

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As far I can figure out at least two varieties are blooming, although it could be the same one!

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These can be found in the vicinity of Sumpu Castle in Shzuoka City, although the variety grown over the ramparts are different and out yet!

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the weather has been and is still pretty bad this month and the blooming is definitely late compared to last year!
It is actually a blessing in disguise as the Shizuoka City Festival will take place next week!
last year the cherry blossoms had disappeared by then!

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This particular variety is near its end though!

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Walking around the mount you will discover some real old trees on the “city side” of the street!

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It does make for some interesting photography!

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That tree must have seen quite a few eras pass by!

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Not only photographing them but drawing them seems to be quite popular!

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Depending on the sun exposure some have opened over the ramparts!

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My favorite one for the day!

Incidentally, did you know that all the cherry trees offered by Japan to the United States during the Meiji Era originated from one single tree in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City?

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Turtles basking in the Sun in Yui, Shizuoka City!

March 25, 2014

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A new kind of train?

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If you have the chance to stop at Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, try and go to visit the Hiroshige Wood Block Prints Art Museum!
You are about to discover an unexpected sight or two there!

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Of course the whole complex is a source for great photography but you should have a second look at the narrow and shallow “moat” along the wall!

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What is this gentleman looking at?

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From the other end…

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Turtles and many of them!

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I’ve counted 16 of them and they seem very sociable!

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Only a couple of them were swimming under water!

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Did you that the turtle in Japan is a sign of good luck and prosperity?

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They are looked after by the staff of the Museum who feed them and clean the moat regularly all year round!

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They all seem to be of the same variety with long colorful necks!

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They are quite clever at getting out of the water and at climbing on top of each other!

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hello, what’s up there?

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Are they practicing a rugby scrum or a Spanish human mountain?

Bring your camera next time. I’m sure you will take far better pictures!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 32: Kanaya, Shimada City!

March 23, 2014

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Decorated manhole covers all seem to be those of fire hydrants in Kanaya Cho in Shimada City, although there is a big oddity!

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Big red fire truck. This design can be found in many cites in side and outside Shizuoka Prefecture although the “city crest” will be different!

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This must a fairly recent cover as the crest is that of Shimada City to which Kanaya was recently merged!

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Same with a slight difference!

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Space was cut to accommodate measurement information!

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Interestingly enough this one was donated by the City of Ise in Mie Prefecture!

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A specail pattern found in other cities, although rare. With a local central motif, althogh apparently not of Kanaya nor of Shimada City!

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A common fire hydrant type with the Kanaya Crest!

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A more ancient variety with a single “handle”!

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Another ancient type found elsewhere but with the Kanaya Crest!

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The same, double, but with “water” mark!

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A very old one, unspecified but very probably a fir hydrant, with “Kanaya Vilage” inscribed long before the merging with Shimada City!

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Water valve pit with the Kanaya Crest!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Street Tourism Art in Kanaya, Shimada City!

March 22, 2014

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Wherever you go in Japan, and Shizuoka Prefecture for that matter, there are plenty of signs, tiles, sculptures, billboards, and other artifacts promoting local tourism with real art!

Kansya, for all its small size does the same!
For example they ave some pavement tiles near the JR Station!

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“Village Tree: Tea Tree”!

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“Village Natural Flower: Katakuri Lily”!

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“Village Flower: Tsutsuji/Azalea”!

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You will find this wrought iron sculpture on a small bridge describing the old paved road that crossed the countryside in Edo Times!

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The pottery mural depicting the Kanaya Tea Festival!

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And even some quaint ukiyo-e on bus stop signs!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Japanese Wood Block Prints on Bus Stop Signs in Kanaya, Shimada City!

March 21, 2014

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There is one very special bus line in Kanaya, Shimada City, called “Yume kaikan Tsukuri Kaikan/夢つくり会館/Dream Making Hall” leading from Kanaya JR Station to the aforementioned Hall.
I did walk long enough to go past 5 of their stops. You will have to walk a bit (lot) farther to see all the bus stop signs as there are 22~23 stops in all!
Mind you, next time, I might be tempted
Here at least the first five!

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Kanaya JR Station bus stop!

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“Oohashi Fudousen No Goan”! A famous ancient trek post by a bridge!

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Tamachi stop!

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“Kugi ni Utareta Yamaori no Hanashi/Tale of the gecko hit by a nail”!

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Moto machi bus stop!

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“Cha A no Tsubome/Tea House Story”! Also the name of a shochu brewed by Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu City!

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Miyazaki machi stop!

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“Nishiaribokuzanshi no Koto/Story of Nishiari Monk”!

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Sansu Machi stop!

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“Kawagoenin Sokusajiemon/The story of Sokusajiemon the River Crossing Porter”!

have good fun with the other bus stop signs!

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Tea Festival Mural in Kanaya, Shizuoka Prefecture!

March 20, 2014

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Yesterday during my visit to Kanaya, Shimada City, to collect as much information on the coming tea festival I belatedly noticed this big mural on the left hand side of the Kanaya JR Station exit! Actually many of my Japanese friends hadn’t heard of it!

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Mind you, it does look quite recent!
Let’s have a look at it!

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In fact the mural depicts scenes of the tea festival only!
Dancing “Tea Girls”

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Dancing Tea Girls and men beating smaller type Jpanaese drums!
The taiko/太鼓/drumming is also an imprtant part of the Festival!

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Men striking small and big drums!

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The whole mural is actually a double reflection of the scene!

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Looking forward to watching the real dancing Tea Girls on April 12th~13th!

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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Suspended Bridge in Arai Machi, Shizuoka Prefecture!

March 20, 2014

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The area north of Arai Machi, in spite of its professional outboard boat races and rowing practice waterfronts is a pretty drab place except maybe for one sole eye-catching site!

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It is a suspended bridge of enormous proportions, that is, for a small agglomeration that does not deserve the name of “shi/市”/city!
But you can already see it through the windows of the almost derelict JR Arai Station!

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As I had plenty of time on hand that I decided to walk to it for close and precise observation!

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I first to walk quite a circuitous way around the giant parking reserved for the boat race punters!

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I finally made it to the main road called Shiomi Bypass which had to be built in 1996, not so much for the boat races, but because people had to cross the large stretch of Hamana Lake which would force people to drive around for more than 50 km!

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Getting near!
What you see on the left is a sheltered access to the car park!

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The lane on the left leads to a small marina for pleasure boats and rowing!

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I don’t know how tall it is, but it must be at least 50 meters!

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The cables are actually long metal tubes.
The whole edifice seems quite light. Considering the eventuality of high winds, typhoons and even earthquakes, it gives an impression of “bending but not breaking”!

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It does make for some inventive photography with the few trees nearby!

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A curved shape definitely looks more resilient!

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Quite “simple” in concept!

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It is still the only support for the bridge!

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All strength and flexibility!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 31: Arai Machi

March 19, 2014

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Arai machi, since included into Hamamtsu City is bit of a strange place completely separated not only by the station (you have to pay 180 yen anytime you want to go to the other side) but also by a sea arm.
The interesting manhole covers lie south of the Arai Machi JR Station while the north housing the professional outboard boat races is pretty drab.

SOUTH SIDE:

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The original manhole cover for Arai Machi!
I wonder what the colored one looked like!

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Arai Machi is really confusing as this manhole cover seems to belong to belong to neighboring Kosai City!

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Same for this one, too!

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This pressurized air manhole cover on the other hand solely belongs to Arai Machi!

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Same for this water valve pit!

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A smaller and different valve pit!

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Now, this valve pit definitely belongs to Kosai City!

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A smaller Arai Machi water valve pit!

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A medium-sized gas valve pit in the middle of the road!

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An even bigger gas valve pit still in the middle of the road! They were neighbors and I did take a risk photographing them! LOL

NORTH SIDE

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It is the first time I such a shape for any manhole cover! A strange air access for firemen!

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A very long one for “high electricity”!

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Probably stands for high voltage electricity!

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Same shape for “low electricity”!

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I wonder if they mean “low electricity output” instead of low voltage electricity!

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A sewer manhole cover by Ohtake foundry!

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Same but with low voltage electricity indication!

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A vertical marking instead of a round indication for low voltage electricity!

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Same but for high voltage electricity!

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Drainage manhole cover!

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Shizuoka Prefecture electricity manhole cover!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City


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