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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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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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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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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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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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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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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Suijinsan Shrine (水神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

August 10, 2014

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There are many shrines in the Tomoe Rvier and the Jiroucho areas as they were nearer to the sea and the harbor in the old times.

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The torri gate!

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Although the name written on the torii gate plaque reads “みず神社/Mizu Jinja”, the locals prefer to call it “Suijinsan”!

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There is a second torii gate with the the same name on its plaque!

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Two fairly recent stone lanterns stand on both side of a signboard!

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The shrine was built between 1624 and 1643 and its festival is held on the 25th of June!

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The second stone lantern!

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The main shrine!

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The stone hand-washing basin under its roof!

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The “smiling” lion guard!

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The roaring lion guard!

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The wooden money offerings box and the bell rope!

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Can you see the bell?

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The worshipers ring the bell by shaking (not pulling) the rope, before prayers!

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The guarding lion and wild boar under the eaves!

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“Wild boars” do very much look like “elephants” sometimes but the ears give them away, although this is very debatable!

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Their golden eyes are also unusual!

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That tree must have witnessed a lot of history!

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A back slanted view of the second shrine behind the main shrine!

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Great roofing!

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The two shrines with roofs looking like waves!

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Good-bye, Suijinsan!

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Nishinomiya Shrine (西宮神社) & Masa Ichi Inari Shrine (正一位稲荷神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

August 7, 2014

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Shinto shrines in Japan very often are associated with other shrines, especially in harbor cities where the locla worshipoers like to combine them for better fortune.
The other day before I reported on a local festival I found these two shrines in Shimizu Ku (formerly Shimizu City) in Shizuoka City, near Jirochou, one of the oldest and most tradtional areas of the town.

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The main entrance through the torii gate.

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The name plaque having disappeared I was a bit confused about its name first!

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Fortunately a placard was there for explantions!
The shrine name is Nishinomiya/西宮神社. It also has the second name of Abessan and is deicated to the God Ebisu.
It was built between 1596 and 1614!

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A stone lantern has all but disappeared!

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Apparently, its lion guards have also disappeared!

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The main shrine!

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The money offerings wooden box and the rice straw garland are nonetheless well looked after!

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At least the lion guards still strive under the eaves!

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And gracefully laughing!

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The ame of the shrine is clearly written!

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You will find the second smaller shrine on the right!

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Masu Ichi Inari Shrine (正一位稲荷神社)!

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All shrines bearing the name of Inari/稲荷/rice bag, have fox guards!

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Apparently they have to be protected from theft!
Theft is rare in this country, but I noticed many fox statues being protected in the same way!

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The small shrine!

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The rice straw garland is regularly replaced!

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A symbol of prosperity!

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The doors of the shrine were padlocked for a good reason!

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No one wants these cute foxes stolen!

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Visiting Shizuoka Prefecture by Bus 1: Shimada City~Yoshida Cho~Makinohara City

August 6, 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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I have very few occasions to visit the Yoshida Cho and Makinohara City areas by the waters of Sruga Bay in Central Shizuoka Prefecture as they are simply too far from the railroad linking the cities of Atamai and Hamamatsu through Mishimsa, Fuji, Shizuoka, Shimad and Kakegawa, but I found an easy enough way to reach them!

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First of all ride the train till Shimada JR Station along the Tokaidou Line and get out from the North exit!

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Do pay a visit to the tourism information bureau on the left where they will give you all the information you need and more!

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The bus stop, No 3, is just across the street!

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Don’t forget to check the timetable!
There is only one bus to Shizunami/静波, a beach resort in Makinohara City/真琴腹市!
Mind you, considering the distance and the destination, it is more than enough!

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The bus of the Shizutetsu Company (based in Shizuoka City, but covering most of central Shizuoka Prefecture!)!

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Riding along Oi River!

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Finally crossing Oi River and riding full south!

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The Oi River, a major river in Japan, needed no less than 650 resident porters during the Edo Era!

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Check the map inside the bus. Drivers will always kindly answer to your enquiries and indicate your stop when needed!

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My first destination and actual terminal for that particular bus: Shizunami Kaigan Iriguchi/静波海岸入口/Entry to Shizunami Beach (860 yen from Shimada City)!

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Checking the bus schedule for my next destination before walking down to the beach!

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I will have to leave from that bus stop sign for my next destination!
Ok! Let’s start walking!

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No need for a guide, just follow the bathers!

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Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple (真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺)
I had to forget the bathers walking ahead as there too many distractions on the way! LOL

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Quite a few rich residences along the way, too!

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Found my bathers again!

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These gourds seem popular with the local farmers!

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Summer beach camps and parking lots along the way as we get nearer!

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Ubiquitous beach hotel!

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The ocean!

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Lonely mermaid?

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Official entrance to the beach!

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Beach facilities! A bit old to my taste!
This beach is not really a major one in this Prefecture, after all!

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Bathers!

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Young lifeguard!

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Japanese beaches are always heavily monitored, that is only in July and August!

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Taking a dip!

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At low tide the waves are innocuous, although they can be pretty big in other seasons!

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Not many bathers on a weekday in spite of the heat!

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Useful map in four languages!

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If you go to the right along the unguarded part of the beach you will discover many wild oysters!

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Public bathing prohibited there!

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Walking back to the entrance!

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Good-bye, Shizunami!

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back to the bus terminal in Shizunami, I will next leave from this bus stop used by the bus running from Fujieda City/藤枝市 to Sagara/相良, also in Makinonara City/牧之原市!
The destination is Sagara Eigyoujyou/相良営業所!

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One bus every hour!

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having reached my destination in Sagara I ascertained that I would have to leave from that particular bus stop to take the bus going back into the direction of Fujieda City!

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Of course I checked the timetable!
Plenty of time to visit the place!

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Let’s walk and find the beach first!

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Getting across the main thoroughfare (quite busy, actually!)!

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Turn left for the sun beach!

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This very part of the beach is very dangerous and closed to tourists!

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At last!
Sagara beach is a minor tourist attraction in Shizuoka prefecture, but this is a major fishing area!

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The facilities are a bit old, but the drinks and foos steeply priced!

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A few hardy bathers only!

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Deep sea and treacherous currents beyond the tetrapods!

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Vast beach!

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Pleasant enough sea for the kids!

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Good-bye Sagara Fun Beach!
I decided to have a look at the small town!

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Cheap local makuwa melons and Hime sakura watermelons!

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This area is famous for its vegetables, especially leaf ginger and mini melons (the latter mostly eaten pickled!)!

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Interesting touristic tile signs on the pavement!
Sagara is celebrated for its big kites!

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Unusual in Japan: an antique fire hydrant!
Still in use, apparently!

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Some rich ancient families still live there!

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on my way back from sagara into the direction of Fujieda I changed buses at a stop in front of Makinihara City Police Station to board the bus running back from Shizunami to Shimada City as I wanted to halt o the way in Sumiyoshi/住吉, Yoshida Cho,吉田町 to vist a great Shinto Shrine!

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Kataoka Shrine/片岡神社, dedicated to the Sumiyoshi God/住吉!

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This particular shrine was founded to protect local fishermen!

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At the back you will discover a beautiful wooden kura/Japanese warehouse!

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It is owned by the Oomura Soy sauce Company!

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A beautiful sunset greeted me back in Shimada City!

See you on the next trip!

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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, Pie
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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

Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 21: Oomura Soy sauce Company Kura in Yoshida Cho!

August 5, 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 as I was preparing to back to Shimada City from Sumiyoshi in Yoshida Cho, I noticed this beautiful wooden kura on the right of the Kataoka Sumiyoshi Shinto Shrine!

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the place was obviously in full use.
I decided to investigate!

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Oomuraya Soy sauce Company!

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I have interviewed soy sauce companies before but I couldn’t smell the typical flavors of soy sauce making in the air!

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That is when I met an employee who gracefully explained that the Company uses these premises as their business base, office and storeroom!

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The factory has been away!

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The same employee offered me to interview the owner who happened to be on the premises but I had to take my bus!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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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, Pie
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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

Kura: Traditonal Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 20: Former Suzuki Honkei Sake Brewery Kura in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

August 5, 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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Befoer it was merged with Shimizu Brewery into the present Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, Suzuki Honkei was active producing Japanese sake in Jirochou, Shimizu City before another kind of merger put the three of them into Shizuoka City!

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The Suzuki Family still lives there as was confirmed by the locals when I asked them during the Shimizu Harbor Festival!

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The kura standing beside the main house is still in beautiful repair!

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Whatever angle you look at it from, it is really impressive!

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I wish they would still brew sake as I would visit it every day!

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, Pie
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, 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

Jirochyou O-Mikoshi Parade at Shimizu Harbor Festival!

August 5, 2014

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One more attraction at the Shimizu Harbor Festival in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City was of course the O-Mikoshi Parade held in Jirochou Street, otherwise called “Jirochou Douchuu”!

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The O-Mikoshi arriving through Jirocho Bridge across the Tomoe River!

A mikoshi (神輿 or 御輿) is a divine palanquin (also translated as portable Shinto shrine). Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing.

Roots:
The altar of the harvest festival carried out to the time which repeated migration by hunting and collection is the origin of a mikoshi.
Some theorize that “The origin of Japanese mikoshi is ancient Jewish tabernacle ark”.
Actually, mikoshi and the ark of the covenant do not have much in common. They differ in production and decoration (a phoenix or a crane being very different from cherubim.).

First use:
A mikoshi was believed to have been first used to transport Hachiman to Tōdai-ji temple from Usa Shrine 八幡宇佐宮御託宣集 in 749.

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Arriving to the sound of drums hit by children!

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Slowly moving across the bridge!

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Yo ei! Yo ei!

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Interesting pants!

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The drumming kids are all local!

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Many worshipers form other shrines have come to end a hand!

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The O-Mikoshi belongs to the Shimizu Harbor Association!

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A portable shrine in truth!

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Interesting faces!

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Smiles everywhere!

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Hard work!

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More hard work!

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Waiting for their turns!

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Great support from other shrines!

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Great control!

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First and third generations!

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More faces!

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No age limit!

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The phoenix!

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Beer-guzzling mothers?

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Having a closer look at the drums!

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Overlooking the event!

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Having a closer look at the shrine and its phoenix during a break!

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Great kid!

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Family power!

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Taking a break at Jirochou’s birthplace before starting all over again!

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, Pie
rre.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

Drummers at Shimizu Harbor Festival!

August 3, 2014

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On the first week end of August every year a festival is held in Shimizu Harbor, Shimizu Ku (formerly Shimizu City), Shizuoka City.
I finally managed to visit it on its last yesterday and one of the events that particularly attracted me were the drums played by different local amateur groups!

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I cam early enough to witness the preparations!

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A lot of prep talk as ever!

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Each group brought their own drums!

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Heavy work!

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Getting slowly ready!

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Adjusting their costumes!

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Taking it easy before the action!

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Big smile!

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All set!

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Still smiling on the third day of the festival!

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Kids first!

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Very energetic!

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Bright future!

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The next group had an unusual technique!

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Drumming sideways?

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Back to a more traditional technique!

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Change of colors with the next group!

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Waiting for the signal!

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Age doesn’t matter!

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Cute!

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The men of the next group conferring!

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Smiling faces from the same group!

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Pose!

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The younger members in action first!

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Musical loop next!

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Woman power!

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Adults in action!

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Thank you all!

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, Pie
rre.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


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