Ogushi Shrine Festival (小梳神社 祭) in Shizuoka City 5: Omikoshi/Portable Shrine!

July 22, 2014

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Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社), a shrine almost 400 years old is located in Koyamachi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City in front of Parco Department Store.
It is also the scene of a very local and ancient festival happening over two weeks in the middle of July.
Yesterday, Sunday July 20th saw the main attraction with the parade carrying the “omikoshi/portable shrine” around Aoi Ku in Shizuoka City.

This is the fifth installment of five photography report:

OMIKOSHI/PORTABLE SHRINE

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Ogushi Shrine Omikoshi!

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[edit]
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.[citation needed]

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Typical shapes are rectangles, hexagons, and octagons. The body, which stands on two or four poles (for carrying), is usually lavishly decorated, and the roof might hold a carving of a phoenix.

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During a matsuri (Japanese festival) involving a mikoshi, people bear the mikoshi on their shoulders by means of two, four (or sometimes, rarely, six) poles. They bring the mikoshi from the shrine, carry it around the neighborhoods that worship at the shrine, and in many cases leave it in a designated area, resting on blocks called uma (horse), for a time before returning it to the shrine. Some shrines have the custom of dipping the mikoshi in the water of a nearby lake, river or ocean (this practice is called o-hamaori). At some festivals, the people who bear the mikoshi wave it wildly from side to side to “amuse” the deity (kami) inside.

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Great leadership in spite of the rain!

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Shizuoka Ladies are strong and participate to the bearing!

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But it’s to the men to provide support!

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The parade starts with a spin in front of the shrine!

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C’mon guys! Follow me!

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They are following with a smile!

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Even the kids!

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About to go out under the torii gate for a 3-hour parade around Aoi Ku!

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Do your best!

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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Ogushi Shrine Festival (小梳神社 祭) in Shizuoka City 4: Performers!

July 22, 2014

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Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社), a shrine almost 400 years old is located in Koyamachi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City in front of Parco Department Store.
It is also the scene of a very local and ancient festival happening over two weeks in the middle of July.
Yesterday, Sunday July 20th saw the main attraction with the parade carrying the “omikoshi/portable shrine” around Aoi Ku in Shizuoka City.

This is the fourth installment of five photography report:

PERFORMERS

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A Festival in Shizuoka, or Japan for that matter, includes all kinds of main and side shows.
The “Tengu” above was one of the main shows!

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The omikoshi/portable shrine is the other one!

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But a stage had been prepared for a good reason!

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Enthusiastic performing group, which has been gracing such festivals for more than 30 years!

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Energetic drumming!

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Flag dancer!

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Lion dancer?

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Cute!

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Strong woman!

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And strong men, too!

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Powerful voices!

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Even grand ladies wouldn’t let the occasion escape!

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

Ogushi Shrine Festival (小梳神社 祭) in Shizuoka City 3: The Parade!

July 21, 2014

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Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社), a shrine almost 400 years old is located in Koyamachi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City in front of Parco Department Store.
It is also the scene of a very local and ancient festival happening over two weeks in the middle of July.
Yesterday, Sunday July 20th saw the main attraction with the parade carrying the “omikoshi/portable shrine” around Aoi Ku in Shizuoka City.

This is the third installment of five photography report:

THE PARADE

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The parade is about to leave Ogushi Shrine for more than three hours around Aoi Ku!

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The notables first!

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The last cup of sake!

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Notables preparing the way at the Torii gate!

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The shrine caretakers!

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First the “tengu”. His pace will define that of all the parade!

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This gentleman will have to walk all the way on these very high clogs supported by no less than four helpers!

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The kids’ omikoshi coming next!

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The main omikoshi coming out!

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Women power!

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The last rites!

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Cute smiles!

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Taking off!

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Led by a lady! How about that!

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The “Tengu” doing fine!

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Still doing fine!

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Luckily enough the omikoshi will stop many times on the way allowing him a welcome rest!

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Light-hearted parade!

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Even the rain can’t stop the parade!

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Three hours later back at Ogushi Shrine!

Don’t worry separate articles are coming on the omikoshi and performers!

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Families having a great time!

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Thank you to all!

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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

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Ogushi Shrine Festival (小梳神社 祭) in Shizuoka City 2: happi/Japanese Festival Coats!

July 21, 2014

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Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社), a shrine almost 400 years old is located in Koyamachi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City in front of Parco Department Store.
It is also the scene of a very local and ancient festival happening over two weeks in the middle of July.
Yesterday, Sunday July 20th saw the main attraction with the parade carrying the “omikoshi/portable shrine” around Aoi Ku in Shizuoka City.

This is the second installment of five photography report:

HAPPI/JAPANESE FESTIVAL COATS

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Happi worn by the leaders of the Ogushi Shrine Festival!

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Happy happi-wearing family!

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The lady in the far left corner is a friend!

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Ogushi Shrine double crest!

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Many other groups with different crests and names of other parts of the city came to help!

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A double crest on a happi is somewhat unusual in Japan!

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Participants from other part of the city offering sake to the organizers!

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Beautiful red happi!

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Happy gentlemen!

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Tachi Aoi/Hollyhock crest ot the Tokugawa Family!

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Beautiful calligraphy!

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Great mixture!

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

Ogushi Shrine Festival (小梳神社 祭) in Shizuoka City 1: Preparations!

July 21, 2014

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Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社), a shrine almost 400 years old is located in Koyamachi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City in front of Parco Department Store.
It is also the scene of a very local and ancient festival happening over two weeks in the middle of July.
Yesterday, Sunday July 20th saw the main attraction with the parade carrying the “omikoshi/portable shrine” around Aoi Ku in Shizuoka City.

This is the first installment of five photography report:

PREPARATIONS

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A festival worth its salt always include an imposing drum!

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The main shrine at 12:00 am!
The parade is scheduled to leave around 14:30 pm!

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The main omikoshi/portable shrine to be carried by adults!

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Small but magnificent!

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The front of the shrine inside!

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The side of the same!

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Sacred bird!

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The smaller omikoshi to be carried by kids!

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Cute!

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Another sacred bird!

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The small shrine inside!

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Checking the donors list!
Such an event is pretty expensive to stage!

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In a previous article I made a big mistake and described this building as ashed!

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In fact it is a play stage!

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The main shrine with its brand new rice straw garland!

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As this particular shrine serves two communities, the lanterns bear two different crests!

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The other crest!

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The real shed!

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Lacing up!

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Picture for posterity!

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A last prayer!

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Last orders!

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Waiting for the sending off!

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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

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Shirahige Shrine (白髭神社)in Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Shimojima!

July 20, 2014

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There are many Shinto shrines called “Shirahige/白髭/White Beard” in Shizuoka City and Prefecture!
I discovered this one through pure luck while cycling along a side street in Shimojima, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

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It must be pretty old as the newest of the three torii gates dates back more than 120 years ago!

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It is one of those shrines which must have been repaired and rebuilt many a time but are still actively venerated!

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It is a bit unusual to discover three stone torii gate in a row!

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Looking back at the entrance!

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Many stone lanterns!

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The last torii gate!

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Let’s look at one of the stone lanterns!

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A deer and a cloud!

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The cloud is a bit different on that lantern!

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And the deer is facing the other way!

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The lion guarding the left!

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And the one guarding the right!

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Guarding lions and wild boars under the eaves!

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The shrine!

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The crested money offerings box!

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The proper way to salute!

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The inside is properly looked after!

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Small offering tables!

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The greatest part of the shrine building has been recently restored!

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Especially the back part!

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Cute pinion!

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Beautiful roofing!

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Good-bye White Beard!

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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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka prefecture 19: Former Inoue Sake Brewery Kura in Shizuoka City!

July 20, 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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In kutsunoya Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, near the Atago Shinto Shrine Inoue sake Brewery used to stand there.
Unfortunately when hos father died some 13 years ago, his son working for Shizuoka Bank preferred money over culture and sold most of the land to a sushi restaurant destroying centuries-old tress and walls in the process.
Now only a house where his mother still lives and an abandoned kura bear witness of the past.

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The kura was not pulled down because that part of the land could not be sold and it would cost too much money as the walls are still very solid.
On the hand the inside has been emptied of all past relics and stands empty and forlorn.

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The wooden frame and lintels of the superb windows are going to dust.

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The roofing is still in good repair, though!

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Even an earthquake has little chance to bring it down!

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Tell me, Mr. Inoue, how long will we enjoy its sight?

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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

Japanese Ladies fashion in Shizuoka 54: Summer Heels!

July 19, 2014

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It does not matter if it is hot or not, Shizuoka ladies have some set minds when it comes to shoes and heels!

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Whatever they wear, they tend to wear shoes with heels of varying height and styles!

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When ladies are blessed with long legs they want to show as much of them as possible!

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And summer does prevent them from overdressing if it can emphasize the perceived beauty of their legs!

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When legs are of the average length, ladies will go to any other lengths to increase that very length!

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The result is always of the wanted kind!

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It is not always easy!

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But some ladies are more proficient at the art!

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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

Romantic Gofuku Street in Shizuoka City?

July 18, 2014

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There is little romantic about Gofuku Street in Shizuoka City!
It just shows you can easily transform any dour place into a destination with some appropriate photos!

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You don’t even need a professional camera and whatever paraphernalia.
I took all these pictures with my mobile telephone! It is a Sony Ericsson they don’t make anymore, but I use it for all my blogs, although I do not use the flash!

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I was in Gofuku Street, walking aimelssly, at around 7:00 pm, just before dog and wolf as we say in French, but it was particularly dark.

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The contrast was naturally accentuated by the lamps focused by the camera.

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If you know the whims of your camera, or mobile phone for that matter, I’m sure you can come up with some very interesting shots indeed!
And you don’t need to be a pro!

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Ikama Shrine (伊河麻神社) in Shizuoka City

July 18, 2014

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Ikama Shrine (伊河麻神社) in Inagawa, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City is a very ancient one dating back to 675 but it was burnt down many a time and certainly had witnessed better days.
It is nonetheless worth visiting!

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The entrance torii gate!

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The hand-washing stone basin!

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Imposing stone lantern!

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intricate design for such a shrine feature!

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A somewhat decrepit incinerator!

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A very ancient tree indeed, but we’ll go back to it later!

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A history lesson!

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Two ancient small shrines whose torii gates have been restored!

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A red torii gate!

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The ancient shrine!

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An orange torii gate!

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Somewhat bigger than its neighbor!

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A bit isolated small new stone lantern!

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Proofs that the site was destroyed at times!

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The main shrine!

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The rice straw garland!

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Guarding lions!

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The crested curtain!

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Crested money offerings box!

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The interior!

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Ceremonial flags!

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Japanese sake offerings!

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Festival drum!

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Back to the front courtyard!

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Prayer papers!

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Although the roofing is recent, the pinions are much older!

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Restored eaves!

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Robust roofing!

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From another angle!

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Back to the venerable tree!

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He must have a lot of stories to tell!

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Good-bye!

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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Inomiya Shrine (井宮神社) in Shizuoka City!

July 16, 2014

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in spite of its respectable size, Inomiya Shrine in Aoi Ku, Shzuoka City, does not welcome many visitors because of the proximity of the biggest shrine in Shizuoka City, namely Sengen Shrine.

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It is nonetheless well advertised although its torii tends to be overlooked along a busy thoroughfare.

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it is very very old but it was rebuilt on the present location in 1776!

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But quite a few predate the coming of the shrine!

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The nearby mountain provides a natural background in the city!

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Take your time climb the stairs!

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Hydrangeas are plentiful in this season!

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The main shrine!

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The hand-washing stone basin!

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An unusual frog sitting on the lid over the well!

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Imposing stone lanterns!

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A mountain pattern carving can be guessed on the very old stone!

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I’ve seen these patterns of a deer and cloud, as well as of the mountain, in many other shrines!

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But the guarding lions do look different!

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The left guarding lion!

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He rests his paw over the belly of a smaller lion. Unusual!

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The lion on the right!

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Resting his paw atop a ball!

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There is something unusual about his maws!

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Try as I may, I couldn’t take out the stone ball out!

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The main shrine front!

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The money offerings box!

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The rice straw garland!

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Roofing decoration!

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From another angle!

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The proper way to salute the shrine!

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Inomiya Shrine is actually the combination of three different shrines!

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Back to the stairs!

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More information!
That is when I noticed another very small shrine at the back!

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Almost completely hidden from view!

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Beautiful small torii gates!

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One of the two foxes guarding it!

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The money offerings box!

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The other fox over a strange flame!

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The oldest tree inside the shrine grounds!

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The shrine shed and office!

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Overlooking the city!

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A last view from the hydrangea-lined stairway!

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Back through the main torii gate!

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Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 18: Old Farm Kura In Shizuoka City!

July 11, 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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Yesterday, because of the typhoon I decided to walk all the way to a destination I usually reach by biycle and had the opportunity to discover an old, if a bit samall, kura in Chiyo 4 Chome, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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It must have been used for ages considering the shed abutting it!

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The end window was in good repair, though.

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The “namako” design at the bottom of the wall was flaking away on the other hand!

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The roof tiling and the upper wall metal work was also in good enough condition.

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The window from another angle.

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Pity the derelict shed was blocking the total view!

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The roof pinion was also in good repair, so the kura must be used as a shed/shck for farm tools!

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The farmhouse looks as old as the kura but might be replaced in the near future!

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Sankaban Inari Shrine (三加番稲荷神社) in Higashi Kusabuka Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

July 9, 2014

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I had noticed this small shrine for quite some time in Higashi Kusabuka Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City because of its many red torii gates.

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The paint is flaking away these days but I remember when they were a bright orange red!

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Sankaban Inari Shrine (三加番稲荷神社) is very old indeed and must have been rebuilt countless times as it was first erected on this spot in 1651 after the Yui Shosetsu Revolt as the third of a series of three identical shrines.

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But the concrete wall and votive pillar are quite recent.

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the concrete torii gate is probably older than the wooden smaller red torii gates.

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There are eight torii gates, but I wonder if that number has a special meaning.

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I heard it is still used for festivals but it certainly needs some maintenance.

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This stone hand washing basin placed halfway the torii gates is probably the most ancient item in the whole place.

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There is another, very old too, behind the torii gates.

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The shrine.

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The greenery adds a little color to the somewhat forlorn site!

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The rice straw garland seemed to me a bit unusual although a local lady told me it is pretty normal!

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The shrine name plaque is the oldest part of the whole edifice!

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Some parts do need repair!

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Interesting roof pinion!

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Bye-bye and all the best!

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Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社 ) in Shizuoka City!

July 8, 2014

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Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社 ) is an ancient and well-known Shinto Shrine in Shizuoka City, within easy walking distance from Shizuok JR Station just across from Parco Department Store.
Its grounds are extensively used during flea markets and other events, but people usually miss a lot of interesting details!

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The torii gate!

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The old name pillar!

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It is guarded by the usual two lions!

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But the horn on this one is out of the ordinary!

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Its facing acolyte doesn’t have one!

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The shrine was oirginally standing on the grounds of the Sumpu Castle but it was moved to the present location after Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu’s death during the 17th Century!

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The hand-washing stone basin!

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One of the two enormous stone lanterns!

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You will find a small shrine on your left past the torii gate!

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It has its own torii gate!

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The access bridge flies over a carp pond!

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The carps!

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It is also guarded by two lions!

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The other lion!

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Small and beautiful shrine!

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It is guarded by a minuscule dragon!

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And two roaring lions!

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An ancient hand-washing stone basin is still in use beside it!

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Leaving the small shrine!

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A building probably used a shed!

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The main shrine!

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An old wooden lantern placed atop a new concrete pillar!

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The rice–straw garland!

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The coin offerings box with a double crest!

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This particular shrines apparently serves a double purpose!

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Plenty of sake bottles offerings inside!

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The festival drum!

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The two crests!

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A side view of the main shrine!

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From another angle!

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If you proceed left of the main shrine you will find not one, but two smaller shrines guarded by different animals!
The torri gate of the first and bigger one!

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Fox guards!

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These are always different!
One with a closed mouth!

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The other keeping a scroll between its maws!

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Once again a small but beautiful shrine!

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It is also decorated with a rice straw garland!

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Frolicking foxes!

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An even smaller one stands at the back!

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Discarded roof peak?

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Guarded by two foxes again!

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A fierce fox of unusual colors!

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The other looking fierce, too!

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Obviously a more ancient shrine!

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The main shrine seen from a side entrance on its right!

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The side entrance torii gate!

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A last look at Ogushi Shrine!

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Inari Myoujin Shrine in Umegashima, Shizuoka City!

July 6, 2014

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Yesterday I had to revisit a favorite place of mine again up in the mountains along the Abe River in Shizuoka City!

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It was still early in the morning at at around 9:30!

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i come here regularly as my goof friend, Ms. Asami Ito of marufuku Seisha Tea Co. in Shizuoka City. has a piece of land up there with an old house and plenty of Japanese plum trees!

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It does take time to reach the place, even by car, at least an hour as you have t climb up a sole narrow road up to 1,000 meters height!

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But the vistas waiting for you there are worth the whole trip!

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Now, the very place we have to alight from the car is beside the highest green tea field in Japan!

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I don’t know exactly when, but the local farmers in Higashi Mine, Umegashima, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City erected this small house to protect and ancient small shrine called Inari Myoujin/稲荷明神!

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The small torii gate was actually created by a local wood cutter who has a shed just nearby!

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This is a very rare design in Japan with the upper beam a real tree trunk just cut and peeled off!
Beautiful!

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Inari Myoujin Shinto Shrine!

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The original and truly ancient shrine tucked inside!

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Ashitsuki Shrine (足坏神社 ) in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Okugumi (Ashikubo)

July 5, 2014

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There are many practically forgotten Shinto Shrines along rivers and the foot of mountains in Shizuoka Prefecture due to the moving of population away from the rural areas.
The other day it took me no less than 4 hours on my old bicycle to find Ashitsuki Shrine up along the Ashikubo River in blinding heat but it certainly was worth the effort as it has been almost completely forgotten by the locals who had problems to inform me!
It was only when I found myself only 200 meters that someone confidently pointed me the way!

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it is completely hidden from the view from across the road or river. And the only way to find it is to go down form your bicycle and push it along. That is, if you are not a local!
It is completely surrounded with trees and the entrance is invaded by beautiful hydrangeas!

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The old, a bit lonely torii gate!

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The surrounding area is green tea land!

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Very tall trees!

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The shrine!

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The main shrine!

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Old stone lantern with sun and moon openings!

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Ashitsuki Shrine (足坏神社 ) written the old way round!

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Actually for its look of abandonment, the shrine is still being used for local matsuri/festivals!

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The money offerings box!

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Benefactors’ names!

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More of them!

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Driftwood decoration!

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There was another smaller shrine behind with closed doors!

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Including a small kamidana/altar!

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i also found a large shrine shed!

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I managed to open it and discovered a festival drum and empty tea boxes!

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interesting roof architecture of the main shrine!

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Back down very old stone stairs!

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A last look at the stone lanterns!

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A last farewell before hitting the road!

Dragons in Shizuoka Prefecture 1

July 4, 2014

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Dragons!

If you know where to look around you will find plenty looking after us in Shinto Shrines or looking at us in Parks or during festivals and where else!

Shall we look for them (pun intended!)?

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Hamamtsu City is famous for its kite Festival, but this particular festival is little known!

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Truly beautiful at night!

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Komagata Shrine, Aoi Ku, shizuoka City!

Dragons can be found under eaves in Shinto Shrines!

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Note that their tendrils and horns are coming in many shapes and size.
And their maws can either roar or laugh!

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Komagata Shrine again!

You will find small ones pouring water out of their maws, too!

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Unusual horns!

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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You will also discover them on “happi/festival jackets”!

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Discovered at the Shimada Obi Festival (held only every 3 years!)!

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A flowery dragon at Hamana Lake Flower garden!

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A fierce dragon spouting water in the main Shinto Shrine of Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula!

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Another dragon lurking under the eaves of Sumiyoshi Shrine in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Definitely laughing!

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Long tendrils again!

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Dragons with kappa/water goblins at Tacchan Kappa Museum in Yaizu City!

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A white dragon having fun at Hamana lake Flower Garden!

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Endless fun!

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Inviting you for a ride to discover more!

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

Takyou Shrine (建穂神社)in Takyou, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

July 3, 2014

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Another long, very long cycling trip to find an elusive shrine I had discovered on the internet and decided to investigate: Takyou Shrine (建穂神社)!
It is located along the Warashina River, a main tribute of the Abe River.
Of course i got lost a few times on the way (but with positive results!)!

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After a half dozen misses I knew I was on the right way!
Why do streets always look so wide on maps? LOL

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Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takyou, 1-20, almost two haours by (normal) bicycle from the city center!

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The toriii gate on top of the stone stairs!

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The main shrine!

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Old wood!

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Old trees around a Shinto Shrine are a good indicator of its age, even if it is regularly re-built!

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Truly enormous by Shizuoka standards!

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View over Takyou through the torii gate!

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I discovered two older edifices beside and behind the main Shrine building!

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Small and old!

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With its own rice straw garland!

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The old ancient original shrine was being repaired!

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Stone stairway from another age!

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It also had its own rice straw garland!

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Wild boar guards!

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Carved wood of another age!

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Old style false window!

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Everything but the roofing is made of carved wood!

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Ancient craft as I couldn’t see any nails!

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A study in old architecture!

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From another angle!

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The red painted metal roofing!

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Local people are very proud of the Great Takyou Shrine Cedar Tree!

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Impossible to frame inside a single picture!

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Another tree well over 500 years old!

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A couple of last pictures before riding back home: the main building rice straw garland!

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Roof tile decoration!

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

Sengen Shrine in Hattori Honcho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City

June 25, 2014

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The other day I was looking for another Shinto Shrine in Hattori Honcho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City. along the Warashina River and actually lost my way. That is when I discovered this small but ancient Shinto Shrine!

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The torii gate.

Fortunately I met an old lady cleaning the place who told me this Shirine was called Sengen for a good reason: it is actually the original location of the big Sengen Shrine which was moved a long time ago to the center of Shizuoka City!

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The stone had washing basin!

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A very old basin indeed!

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I discovered an old stone lantern by an even older votive stone between two grand trees!

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A deer!
Interestingly enough it was carved with the same patterns as the stone lanterns found found in Komagata Shrines in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Clouds!

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Mountains!

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I was also told that some of the pine trees around are well above 500 years old!

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Even their top broken some are really tall!

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And really thick!

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The shrine itself is of medium size and old, but very simple, although in good repair!!

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“Sengen Shrine” above a well-maintained rice straw rope garland!

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

Sumiyoshi Shinto Shrine (住吉神社) in Shizuoka City!

June 24, 2014

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I found this small shinto shrine in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, not that far from the center of town.
It is old and partly derelict, but still interesting!

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The old plaque on the torii gate proves it was of a certain importance in the past!

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Not so old stone lanterns guard the entrance beyond the torii gate.

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There is still another partly broken really ancient stone lantern!

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An old stone hand washing basin is till there, too!

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Unfortunately it is not in good repair!

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But the locals still use it for their summer festival held June 19th~July 1st!

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It is a pity that some people use its precincts as an ugly car park!

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Small but beautiful figures on the roof!

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More of them!

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I’ve seen that money offerings box crest in many other shrines!

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But this is what interests me most!

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A dragon!

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Interrogative eyes!

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Long tendrils!

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The guarding lions!

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Very similar to the ones found in nearby Komagata Shrine!

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Will come back end of June!

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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