Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City getting ready for the New Year!

December 25, 2014

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Sengen Shrine, the biggest Shinto shrine in Shizuoka City, has been showing some frenzied preparations for the coming New Year and it is always a good time for some some interesting photography with the clear weather helping!

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There are many entrances to the Shrine. Enter through the main entrance first gate right across from a tall white stone torii/sacred gate!

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Then proceed to the actual main entrance (called “soomon/総門”)!

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The gate is guarded by two solemn seated figures!

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Eyes bearing on you!

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The traditional rice straw garland!

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More guards in the shape of lions!

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Lions everywhere!

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Even a dragon floating overhead as you pass under!

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Then proceed to the main shrine (called “Roumon/楼門”)!

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Make a point to wash your hands at the stone water basin!

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Another dragon will help you there!

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You will discover a painted traditional new Year board!

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The 16-petal chrysanthemum signifies that Sengen Shrine is related to the Imperial House!

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Next year will be the Year of the Ram!

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The painting was designed by 15 students at Tokoha University in Shizuoka City!

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See you there again at the New Year!

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Big Bad Wolf chasing Little Red Hood: Isetan Department Store Christmas Decoration in Shizuoka City!

December 5, 2014

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Isetan Department Store for once has made a big effort to decorate its premises for the coming Christmas hanks to a great artist Finland whose works you can also admire on the windows of Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo!

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Don’t trust that wolf around a corner of the store!

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Little Red Hood hiding behind a pillar?

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They seem on friendly terms, Though!

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Father Christmas’ mount?

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Owl and friend surveying the scene outside!

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More reindeer waiting to join the fun!

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Lapp hunters guarding the entrance!

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Face-Painting at Daidogei Festival in Shizuoka City!

November 3, 2014

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The Daidogei or Shizuoka Daidogei World Cup, that is Street performers festival is taking place this year Friday October 31st~October 1st.
On Friday i wasn’t in Shizuoka City and the rain ruined Saturday completely but I could finally meet again some famous face painting artists yesterday!

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Lucie Brouillard of Calgary, Canada, Body Painting World Champion 2010 and Face Painting World Champion 2009!

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What is that little boy going to look like?

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Here you are!

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Halloween is just gone past!

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Lucie had some interesting comments on Japan and face painting in Japan.
Notwithstanding the safety and top-class hygiene of the country, the Japanese people show enormous respect to artists and try to communicate with them, whereas in her country they are ignored.

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The Japanese kids are probably the easiest to work on in the World as they do ot move at all when beiing painted.

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They also have a thick and smooth skin easy to work on.

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Lucie’s favorite of the day!

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Liz Mortlock is the other a super-talented, also from Calgary, Canada, who has become the main feature in the streets of Shizuoka Ciy with Lucie!
Always laughing and constantly complimenting her charges!

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That kid is thinking about a second mother!

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Or maybe a new grandmother!

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Sister and brother!

I don’t have to tell that rain or shine , the two artists have already been working like mad for two days, and today, Monday 3rd, promising to be shiny and hot, they’ll be exhausted at the end of the day!

Will check on them today again!

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Kikkawa Hachiman (吉川八幡神社) Shrine in Kitsunegasaki Chyo in Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City!

October 9, 2014

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If you board the Shizutetsu railway Line from Cenova department Store in Aoi Ku, shizuoka City towards Shimizu Ku, get off at Kitsunegazaki (狐ヶ崎) Station and walk above and across the Railway Line on your left and you will discover another isolated old shrine!

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A placard stating that the old torii gate stood in a different spot!

You do have to walk around to find the round entrance!

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The old side entrance from which the original torii gate has disappeared!

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The general view of the shrine!

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An ancient stone lantern hidden in the surrounding vegetation!

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The stone hand washing basin with its roof!

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The stone lanterns and lion guards denote its local importance!

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The usual cloud and deer carvings!

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Ans also the mountain carving!

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The “smiling” guard lion on the left!

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Its right front paw resting on a smaller lion!
One day I will have to find the reason for this!

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The “roaring” guard lion on the right!

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Its left front paw resting on a ball!

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Old stone stairs climbing around the right of the front shrine!

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Looking backward from the same stairs!

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The front shrine building shaped as a gate bears the name of Hyahata Shrine/八幡神社!

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Looking backward from under the first building!

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This front building was erected in 1958!

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Year of the Horse placard!

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Interesting ancient map!

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A small museum?

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Local history!

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The older shrine at the back with the bell cord and rice straw garland!

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It certainly looks in service!

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A small peak inside!

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Roofing in good repair!

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More history!

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Good-bye Kikkawa Hachiman Shrine!

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Monjyu Yashiro (文殊社神社) & Atago (愛宕神社) Shrines in Sakurabashi Chyo in Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City!

October 5, 2014

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If you board the Shizutetsu railway Line from Cenova department Store in Aoi Ku, shizuoka City towards Shimizu Ku, get off at Sakurabashi (桜橋駅) Station and walk above and acroos the Railway Line on your left and you will discover an isolated old shrine!

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Actually, like many other shrines in Japan, you will find not one, but two shrines!

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This fairly new post indicates that it is a 村社/sonjya or village shinto shrine!

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This is a very old shrine, indeed, dating back to Japan Feudal Era!

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A real stone hand-washing basin!

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The main shrine!

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Venerable trees is a sure sign of the old age of the shrine!

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Now I wonder what that very heavy metal lid is for? Probably the cover of a big fireplace for festivals?

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Elegant stone lantern!

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With the cloud and deer carvings as found in many other shrines!

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And a mountain carving!

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The other lantern seemed a lot older!

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The lantern is just too old to figure out what that carving represents!

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Now, that stone lantern is really new!

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A “smiling” lion guard on the left!

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Its “roaring” companion on the right!

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The main shrine with its rice straw garland, its bell and its wooden money offerings box!

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Monjyu Yashiro/文殊社 shrine!

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The smaller and older shrine behind it!

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Pity that such shrines at the back are unusually inaccessible!

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From the other side!

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The names of old benefactors!

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This old shrine is not dedicated t the same deities!

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This shrine dates back from the Tokugawa Ieyasu Lord Era!

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Atago/愛宕 shrine!

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Now, this is a truly old tree!

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No wonder it is considered as a natural cultural asset by the City of Shizuoka!

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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 23: Hon Tori, Shizuoka City!

October 3, 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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thanks to the directions of my good friend, Atsuko Kurata, I found, atthe second attempt, this kura hidden along the Hon Tori Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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It is easy to miss as it is tucked away from the pavement at the end of a new car park, indicating it was probably the warehouse of a company that ceased to function. in such cases the Japanese owners of such abandoned businesses transform the area available into a car park.
I also noticed another minuscule kura in the front left corner.

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Can you distinguish the small white door on the left?

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The whole kura is quite big, so it must have been a commerce of a certain worth in the past!

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The front is still in pretty good repair, so it must be used as a shed by the owners in the house in the same enclosure.

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but the roof needs to be weeded!

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For a better view beside the owners’ house!

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On the other hand , the back looked pretty decrepit!

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Cement plastering flaking away…

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The back door lock is crudely blocked with cement.

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I’m afraid the owners are not ready to spend money on plastering!

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How long is it going to survive?

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Shimada Mage (Topknot) Festival-島田髷まつり

September 23, 2014

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Last Sunday, September 21st, was held the Annual Shimada Mage (Topknot) Festival in Shimada City!
This festival is increasingly taking importance in our Prefecture and it has become a must for tourists, photographers and festival lovers!

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Festival drum and of the day!

There are several different theories regarding the origins of the Shimada Mage hair style.
Some say it was created by prostitutes working in the Shimada-juku inn district on the old Tokaido route to Edo.

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Tiny pose for the picture!

Others say it is the style used by the Kabuki actor Shimada Mankichi (1624-1643).

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Start of the drums marking the formal beginning of the festival!

Another theory is the Japanese word Shimeta, in the sense of tied-up hair, became “Shimada”.

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Hurrying to join the parade!

An alternative account is that Tora Gozen, a native of Shimada, devised the style herself.
Tora Gozen was a prostitute said to have been on good terms with Soga Juro Sukenari, the elder of the two brothers in the famous tale of Soga.
She is also depicted in Kabuki theater as Oiso no Tora, a key character in works such as Kotobuki no Taimen.

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Walking toward the first dance square!

In front of the Yakushiji Hall in the grounds of Uda-ji temple in the Noda district of Shimada City is a stoe memorial known locally as “the grave of Tora Gozen”.

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Worrying mother!
The ladies, from kindergarten to their thirties are all local, volunteer, and different every year!

Today, there are many traditional Japanese hair styles that carry the name Shimada, including the Bunkin Taka Shimada style widely used for brides at wedding ceremonies.

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Dancing on the square in front of Shimada JR Station North Exit!

Other styles include the Yuiwata Shimada, Kanoko Shimada, Osome Shimada, Oshidori Shimada, and the Yakko Shimada.

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The inaugural Shimada Nage Festival was held on September 17th, 1933, but it was suspended during the war years,
Thanks to the efforts of the Shimada Mage Festival Preservation Committee (Shimada Branch of the Hairdressers’ Union) the festival was re-launched in 1965 and has since become a major event in Shimada’s tourism calendar.

Uda-ji’s temple main hall houses an exhibition of hairpieces in many different styles. Visitors have the opportunity to peruse the exhibits close-up.

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Traditional Japanese hairstyles (nihon-gami in Jaanese) are categorized into four distinct traditions: the Taregami and Kogai styles used by nobles of the Imperial court; Hyogo mage, with a strong influence from the Asian mainland; Katsuyama Mage, purpotedly pioneered by a prostitute from the warrior class named Katsuyama; and the threefold Shimada Mage style, conceived by the prostitute Tora Gozen. Evolving in Japan’s distinct social conditions, these styles sometimes functioned as emblems of the wearer7s socail class, age, occupation, and other characteristics.

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Shimada Mage is the most popular traditional Japanese hair style.

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It has been worn since the 13th century, but like the other Japanese hair styles, it developed mainly during the 18th century, as part of a wider blossoming of Japanese tradional culture.

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The Shimada Mage Festival is held on thr third Sunday of September each year. Women dressed in matching yukata (summer kimono) and a variety of traditional Japanese and Shimada hair styles parade through the d\streets of Shimada City.
The parade departs from the Hon-dori 7-chome intersection at noon. It stops to perform dances in Obi-dori street, the square outside the Shimada Station, and various other locations, before proceeding to Oi-jinja shrine. At the shrine a further dance is performed, dedicate to the Ubusuna deity. After a short break the parade resumes, passing the Shimada City Hospital, and on to Uda-ji Temple. Dances are performed at the temple in honor of tora Gozen and the Buddha, and a thanksgiving ceremony is held at the main temple hall where a variety of Japanese-style hairpieces are on display. (The parade participants and others involved in teh festival also pay their respects at the grave of Tora Gozen.

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Various Shimada hair style

*Taka Shimada
The most handsome of all Shimada styles. Usually worn by younger women. The Bunkin Taka Shimada variation, set highest and considered particularly elegant, is worn today by brides at weddings.

*Otome Shimada
A variant of Taka Shimada developed in downtown communities. Based on the Taka Shimada but distinguished by features such as a kanzashi hairpin inserted between the front and the side portions of the hair, and a piece of cloth placed on the topknot. Also called Saisoku Shimada.

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*Tsubushi Shimada
Popularized by townsfolk and women serving at inns in the early 1800s, and once the most widely worn of all Shimada styles. Tsubushi means “press down”, referring to the indentation in the center of the knot.

*Yuiwata
very popular in the mid-1800s among 18 to 19 year-old unmarried women. Prepared in the same way as the Tsubushi Shimada, but with a piece of cloth and/or cord added on the center of the knot. The knot also has a dinstictive rounded end.

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*Genroku Shimada
Initially worn among prostitutes in the Genroku era (late 1600s). Later became popular among young townsfolk. The hair is folded to produce a topknot that is narrow with a high end, tied in place with a cord.
**Other styles include Osome Shimada and Yakko Shimada.

Other classic Japanese hair atyles

*Katsuyama
Devised and popularized by Katsyuyama, a prostitute of the Yoshiwara district in old Tokyo. Worn mainly by wives of lords, warriors and other members of the upper classes in feudal times.

*Iccho Gaeshi
One of the most well known Nihongami styles. Worn by women of all ages from 15 through 60, and by both ordinary folk and those in the entertainment world.

*Fukiwa
Worn by princesses and other nobility. Also worn by characters in traditional theater such as Shizuka Gozen and Princess Yaegaki. Modeled on a style worn by women who were engaged or had a pre-arranged marriage partner. Thought to have inspired the Katsuyama style, and later evolved into the Maru Mage rounded style.

*Momoware
Worn by 17=18 year olds around teh 19th and 20th centuries. The rounded shape was thought to resemble a peach (momo), hence the style’s nmae.

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日本髪
“Nihongami” Japanese hair styles

Numerous variations of Nihongami (the Japanese hair style) can be treated using the four key partsof the hair: mage (topknot), maegami (front), bin (sides), and tabo (back)

*Mage (髷: the hair is brought together into a single bunch at the top of the head and toed round into a knot.

*Maegami (前髪): The hair near the forehead.

*Bin (鬢): The hair at the sides of the head, above the ears.

*Tabo (髱): The hair towards the back of the head. Also known as tsuto (つと) in West japan.

*Motodori (根髷): This term describes all the above parts together at the peak of the head. This motodori is then used to tie the mage or topknot.

*Kamoji (髢): A hairpiece.

*Kushi (櫛): A comb used to neaten hair and remove dirt.

*kanzashi (簪): A decorative hairpin, inserted at the front or rear of the hair.

*Kanoko (鹿の子): A tie-dyed accessory for hair. Often colored red or yellow.

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ACCESS TO SHIMADA

from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport:
By car: approximately 15minutes to Yoshida Exit on the Tomei Expressway and 10 minutes to Sagara Makinohara Exit. About 30 minutes to JR Shimada or JR Kanaya Stations and downtown Shimada.

By bus: airport buses to shimada Station as wella s to shizuoka and Kakegawa Stations are on service.

[Inquiries]
Shimada City Tourism Association
14-2 Kanaya Shinmachi, Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 428-0047 japan
telephone: 0547-46-2844
Fax: 0547-46-2861
HOMEPAGE

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Visiting Shizuoka Prefecture by Bus 2: Shimada City~Ikumi Line

September 8, 2014

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When you do not want to drive a car, nor ride a bicycle and when there is no railroad available the best means to travel through Shizuoka Prefecture is the bus. And it can prove cheaper as well!

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This time, still starting from Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Station North Exit Bus Platform, I went north along the Ikumi Line/Ikumi Sen/伊久身線 up in the mountains till the last station called Ikumi (different Japanese characters: 伊久美).
Note there is only one bus every hour!

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My bus!

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Although smaller than tourist buses, such vehicles have very large windows for perfect views!

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The trip altogether last an hour and runs along the Ooi River for about 20 minutes!
This particular line is heavily subsidized by the municipality to help tea farmers up in the mountains and the whole trip costs only 200 yen!

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The city is also taking care of some splendid lawn banks!

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Turning along the Ikumi River a tribute of the Ooi River!

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It becomes pretty narrow at times!

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It runs across narrow farm lands!

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in some areas it becomes a torrent between steep slopes!

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Some spots are very popular for camping, bathing and BBQ’s!

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The green tea grown on these mountains is among the best in Japan!

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These propellers help regulate the air and temperature for the tea leaves!

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Almost arrived!
Only 200 yen!

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My bus at the last stop up in the mountains!

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This very last stop is in Nihama!
Now, let’s walk and ride again!) all the way back to Shimada City to discover the sights!

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What’s over there?

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A splendid kura/蔵/Traditional Japanese warehoues in a perfect state!

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You will find some of the very old abodes of the local farmers!

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Green tea farms!

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A very ancient western-style house buit during the Meiji Era which now serves as a community center!

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It definitely warrants the appellation of a cultural asset!

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Look at that roof!

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Walking along the river…

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Green tea everywhere!

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More green tea!

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What are they doing?

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Catching ayu trouts!

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A sign to warn drivers that they are passing by an elementary school!

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It was a sweltering day and I would have welcomed a dip!

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Plenty of fish there, too!

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The local tea cooperative processing plant!

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The roof is green with tea particles!

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A wild boar hunters’ lodge!
The area is plagued with wild boars, deer and wild monkeys who feat on the farms!

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Some of the local farmers are still obviously well off!

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A double traditional house!

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With its rare and expensive linking hall!

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More modest traditional Japanese farmhouses!

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No, this house is not abandoned!

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It is a community agricultural equipment shed!

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Another ayu trout angler!

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The next bus stop!

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The last post office which also probably serves as a bank!

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The last Police box/”koban”!

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I had a great talk with this gentleman farmer!
He even gave me some frozen wild boar meat!

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We talked in front of his home while I was waiting for the next bus!

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A tiny house shrine!

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I discovered this house along the river decorated with wind toys!

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Beside the bus stop next to the house stood a local Shinto shrine!

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The shrine was called Ooi Uami Shrine dedicated to the Ooi River in Uami District!

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It concealed a far more ancient and minuscule shrine!

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There are many Shinto shrines all along the Ooi River indeed!

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The Hachiman Shrine in Kawaguchi!

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Another bigger one!

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The Kanza Ooi Shrine!

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An even bigger one as I got nearer back to the center of Shimada City!

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The Sonsha Ooi Shrine!

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And even a small one “floating” on a small river!

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But I couldn’t find its name!

Where shall I go next?

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Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) & Sui Shrine (水神社) in Shimada City!

August 25, 2014

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If you take the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City you will notice a torii gate at the foot of a long stone stairway next to Mukaiaisuimon/向合水門 bus stop.

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At first I had surmised it was the location of a single shrine called Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) which can be translated to “Village Shrine under the jurisdiction of Ooi Shrine”

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The first torii gate at the foot of the flight of stairs!

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Actually there was a monument standing beside he same stairs!

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Probably marking the site of the original shrine!

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The stairs leading to the main shrine!

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Almost there!

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The main shrine!

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A real stone hand washing basin under its own roof!

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A very old wood money offerings box!

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The roof seemed in good enough repair!

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Walking around the main shrine I noticed something else behind.
Nothing surprising as very often bigger buildings are built in front of the original shrine to restrict the access!

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Can you see it?

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Access completely blocked from there!

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Try as I may I wouldn’t reach it that way!

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Neither from the left hand side!

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That is when I found a path leading up on the left!

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Trekking around it!

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The roof of the original shrine behind the main building!

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From a precarious height I could somehow see the largest part of it!

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I even managed to get down around it only to be blocked by a surrounding wall!

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I could also get an aerial view of the roof of the main building!

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A typical moon and sun stone lantern!

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Old wood!

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I’m afraid that is how far one can go barring a housebreak!

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I decided to walk back and down around it!

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A last glance!

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I had to tread carefully!

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Instead of cutting back along my steps I decided to walk more to the right along another narrow path. That is when I discovered the second shrine!

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Usual rice straw garland but unusual metal money offerings box!

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A different style of stone lantern!

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Another smaller and older shrine!

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Down a modern flight of stairs!

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What do we have here?

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The name of the shrine by the stone hand washing basin under a roof!
Sui Shrine (水神社)!

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It does not look as as impressive as the shrine it is supposed to look after!

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Same stone lantern as above!

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Its torii gate!

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The bridge leading to it!

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A quaint shrine!

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Good-bye, sui Shrine!

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Walking around back to the original entrance!

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How long has that tree been there?

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Good-bye Sonsha Ooi Shrine!

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Floating Shinto Shrine in Shimada City!

August 24, 2014

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If you ride along the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City you will discover a small new shnto shrine near the Dai Ichi Shogakou/第一小学校 bus stop!

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You can’t miss it as it is located near a cemetery amenities shop!

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It might be small but the bright white and red colors peek through the trees!

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You will see it across the street!

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This is the Shinto Shrine with its torii gate in front!

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But the building beside it is a Buddhist Temple!
It is not rare in Japan to find the two faiths cohabiting peacefully!

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The Temple is not that big but it is old although someone lives inside!

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Many temples and shrines share the same architectural characteristics!

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Interestingly enough the shrine, although it bears no visible name, has two different torii ates!

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A typical shrine color in Japan although it might vary between light orange and red purpleRE!

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But this one is very new!

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You are easily excused if you think at first this all the same religious site!

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The small temple is really old but its roofing is in good repair!

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But the rest of it might need some work!

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The walls areas simple as they can be!

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But I wouldn’t change the pinions!

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Taking a last peek around the building!

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Good-bye, “floating shrine”!

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Ooi Uami Shrine (大井鵜網神社)in Shimada City!

August 23, 2014

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I was walking down along the Ikumi River in the north east of Shimada City when I found this small shrine just beside Uami bus stop.
I couldn’t find its name mentioned until I met a grand lady almost as advanced in years as the strange alien man who spoke to her in Japanese. It must have been quite an event for her and she kindly, giggling all he time, explained that this particular shrine was under the jurisdiction of the very big Ooi Shrine in the center of Shimada City.
Although the Ikumi River is only a branch river of the Ooi River it benefits from the aura of its bigger elder.

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As demonstrated by the somewhat drab rice straw garland there are many people able to look after it these days….

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In its heydays worshipers must have felt solemn walking u the stairs between venerable cedar trees!

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It was a blazing hot day and even the stairs were welcome in the cool shade!

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A somewhat lonely hand washing stone basin!

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Almost there!

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The great thing about these shrines lost in the country is that they also include smaller and far older, and arguably more authentic shrines that were truly erected by locals!

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Who built this ages ago?

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Did descendants built this fairly new one!

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Now this minuscule stone shrine was erected before our era!

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The main shrine!

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An ancient money offerings wooden box!

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Meager rice straw garland!

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But a peek inside proved it is still actively worshiped!

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it is actually in good repair!

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But I feel more attracted to the smaller ones!

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The most venerated cedar tree of the site!

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Slowly walking back downstairs but trying to keep in the shade as long as possible!

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A rice straw garland lining two trees is quite unusual!

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Very old stairs indeed!

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Blazing summer afternoon!

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Good-bye, Ooi Shrine in Uami!

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Hachiman Shrine (八幡神社) in Kawaguchi, Shimada City!

August 22, 2014

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If you board a bus on the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City and go down at a bus stop called Yama Ie/山家, walk across the bridge and you will find this shrine on your right at the next crossroads!

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Although the name ”八幡” is usually pronounced “Hyahatta”, the locals call the shrine “Hachiman”!

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An old and a bit lonely stone hand washing basin!

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The main shrine!

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Big and fairly new stone lantern!

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Venerable cedar tree!

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Walking nearer…

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The left lion guard!

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Not really smiling…

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With a paw resting on the back of a small lion!

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The roaring lion guard on the right!

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With its paw resting atop a globe!

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No money offerings box?

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I discovered a smaller shrine on the left!

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It has a small wooden money offerings box!

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Actually the real shrine like in many other places is behind the main building!

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Sometimes I wonder why they are not readily accessible!

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Doors secured with an old-fashioned lock!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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Seen through the main building sliding doors (locked!)!

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There was another small ancient shrine to be found on the right!

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With its own money offerings box!

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A better view from that angle actually!

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It was a blazing hot day!

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A last look at the main building!

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Good-bye, Hachiman!

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Shirahige Shrine (白髭神社) in Kamiashiarai, Shizuoka City

August 20, 2014

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“Shirahige/白髭/White Beard2, probably a dedication to great age is name found everywhere for a shinto shrine in Japan!

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The (new) torii gate!

This fairly old on eis located in Shiuzoka City, Aoi Ku, Kamiasharai, right in front of a Shizutetsu Supermarket of all places!

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It was first built in 1770 for a God called Takeshi Uchi No Sukune No Mikoto and its festivals are held on New Year’s day, in June and on the 17th of October!

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The “original” monument!

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As I said its torii gate is quite new!

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Shirahige Shrine (白髭神社)!

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An old but small and lonely stone hand washing basin….

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two stone lanterns differing only in small details!

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A mountain for both of them!

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An unusual cloud and a prone deer!

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But the deer here is standing!

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No, this is not the main shrine!

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Some of the space in this shrine was used to build a Community Hall!

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“The Shrine is at the back!”

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A venerable tree is standing witness!

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You will find a small shrine at the foot of the tree!

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It is probably older than the one standing on its left!

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The main shrine!

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Benefactors’ names!

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Taking a frontal whole picture is not possible!

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The money offerings box!

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the shrine name and a very thin rice straw garland!

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A side view!

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The roof is probably the best part!

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Good-bye, shirahige shrine!

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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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Wind Spinners House in Uami, Shimada City!

August 20, 2014

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I was walking along the road running beside the Ikumi River/伊久美川 in Shimada City, when I discovered this unusual farm house in Uami/鵜網 district!

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What were all those wind spinners doing along the stone-walled slope?

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Since my bus stop was around the corner ad having plenty of time I decided to investigate!

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Judging from the “Anpanman” figure I first surmised it might have been conceived for the local kids, but as far as I could see there was no school of any kind nearby!

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This type of wind spinner is classic in Japan, although we don’t see often these days!

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Well, it seemed that the owner of the farm house (i should say houses in fact!) wa some kind of collector!

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Interesting way to pour water!

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Knowing that there are a lot of birds and wild animals around, the whole show might also been conceived to frighten critters away from the tea fields!

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Having a light-hearted peek inside the farm house premises!

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More bric-a-brac around!

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Are these wind chimes or wind spinners?

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Thirsty racoon dogs!

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Very old soy sauce pots and sake flasks!

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Offerings to ancestors?

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Beautiful bonsai!

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Interesting way to use discarded clay pots!

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Unusual wind spinners!

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Going down stone stairs on my way back!

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Bye-bye wind spinners!

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The more I think about it the more I believe I should come back again and try to interview the owners!

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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 22: Shimada City, Ikumi!

August 18, 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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The other day I rode a bus on the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City and discovered this kura at the very last stop at Ikumi/伊久美 (different Chinese characters!)!

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It belonged to a resort shop that has ceased busines but it must have stood there for ages as there were some very people there owning tea fields!

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It must have been intensively used by this former resort shop as it is superbly preserved.
Pity the access was severely limited by electric cables!
The owners are obviously afraid of unwelcome visitors in this lost rural area!

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Superb window!

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Big walls by Japanese standards!

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Great back window, too!

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Impossible to get inside!

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Very solid stone foundation!
Barring an earthquake of unknown proportions, it is indestructible!

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That is how far I could go!

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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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Ooi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City (2): Ooi Ebisu Shrine (大井恵比寿神社)

August 18, 2014

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Ooi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City within walking distance from Shimada JR station north exit is actually a group of shrines more or less dedicated to the Ooi River, a major river in Japan that travelers had to cross with the help of porters until the end of the Edo Era.
The one shrine I singled out this time is called Ooi Ebisu (大井恵比寿) as it is dedicated both to to the Oi Reiver and Ebisu God!

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I couldn’t find its founding date but it is quite old, even by Japanese standards!

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The roofing is in perfect condition although I suspect it must have been rebuilt many a time through the ages!

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Imposing lantern!

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It is particularly impressive at dusk!

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A new stone lantern standing by a venerable tree!

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This old bridge is open only on special occasions!

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Pity it is closed. I would have liked to investigate the interior!

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Very peaceful atmosphere in the evenings!

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Another ancient “monument”…

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I’ll be back soon, old tree!

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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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Kanza Ooi Shrine (神座大井神社) in Shimada City!

August 14, 2014

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Finding a shrine can be sometimes confusing for a new visitor to Japan!

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The other day I took the bus of the Ikumi Line/Ikumisen/伊久身線 from Shimada Station North exit bus stop.
I got down at a stop called Kanza Miya Iriguchi/神座宮入口, meaning “Entry/Entrance/Iriguchi” to Kanza Shrine/Kanza Miya”.
The problem is that Jinjya/神社 and Miya/宮 (can also be pronounced “Gu”!) both mean “shrine”!
Incidentally as the line is heavily subsidized by the City it is very cheap, but there is only one bus every hour!

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To make matters a bit more complicated the whole shrine is dedicated to the River Ooi, hence the inclusion of its name, whereas the main shrine inside is only called Ooi Shrine!

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A very rural but solemn atmosphere in the cool tree shades by a scorching hot day!

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The hand-washing stone basin under its own roof!

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A very old “monument” probably predating everything around!

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The main shrine!

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Venerable trees all around!

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The guard lion seems a bit different!

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It is different indeed!

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Not only the paint but the style make it unusual!

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The big stone lanterns have been apparently added not so long ago!

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We can’t forget the other lion guard!

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An impressive roar!

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The main shrine!

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Lion guards on the roof of a Shinto shrine are unusual!

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The money offerings wooden box!

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The rice straw garland!

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The old plaque clearly states “Ooi Jinja/大井神社/Ooi River shrine”!

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Always look behind a shrine and you might find smaller and far older ones!

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Such small shrines are very probably more authentic as they were erected by small farming communities!

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In Kyoto and large cities they would have all but disappeared, thus erasing real history!

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These foxes confirm this is an “inari/稲荷” shrine to help rice crops!

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Walking around the other side of the main shrine!

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Here is another one!

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Poor little thing!

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Good-bye, kanza Ooi Shrine!

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Traditional Japanese Garden in Youshyu Temple (養秀寺) in Shimo, Aoi Ku , Shizuoka City!

August 13, 2014

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If you cycle (or ride, or walk) along the Abe River, you are bound to find many a Shinto Shrine or Buddhist temple along the way especially if you keep to side streets/road between the main road and the abutting mountain slopes!

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That is how I found this small Buddhist Temple up a short but very steep slope.
I do not so much interest in Buddhist Temples and their cemeteries, but you never know as you might find something out of the usual from time to time!

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For people interested in such matters the name of the Temple is Youshyu Ji/養秀寺 of the Soutoushyuu/曹洞宗 Buddhist Sect!

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This tiny traditional Japanese garden was the reason for a longer visit!

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The whole measured 2 x 3 meters at the most with a miniature mountain stream landscape!

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only a few carps, but big and all of diffrent colors!
That alone is worth a lot of money!
Mind you, Buddhist Temples in Japan, however small they may be, are always rich!

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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

Abandoned Shizuoka: Ivy Building in Otowa Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

August 13, 2014

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In shizuoka City, except for obvious designs, a lot of ivy is almost certainly a sign of abandonment considering the mild and humid climate!

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i had to cycle past it to finally notice this old building, obviously a company of some kind in Otowa Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I actually noticed it first from an angle across a car park!

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The nearer you get the thicker the ivy appears!
Mind you this full summer!

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They haven’t opened windows for ages!

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Covered with ivy on at least three sides!

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I truly wonder what’s hiding inside! LOL

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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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-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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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 21: Old Farm House Kura in Shimo, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

August 12, 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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The other I noticed the pinion of a kura peeking over the greenery as I was cycling along a back road in Shimo, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I didn’t really know what to do of it as the access seemed completely blocked.

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Anyway I decided to walk around and find out!

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I did meet a neighbor farmer who kindly told me this was not his, bit a neighbor’s kura and that I would have to walk around to find an access, if there was one.

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I only met another farmer who also kindly explained it was another farmer’s property!
He mentioned that it was practically abandoned but that it served as a rice storage kura in old times!

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Since then it had probably been transformed into a farm tool shack judging from the somewhat decrepit lower half!

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But the front is still worth looking at!

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Still a great window!

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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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-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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