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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!

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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

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

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!

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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

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Kyoto Dragons

I just love dragons!
There are not so many of note in Kyoto, but here is a small sample of what I discovered last week:

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Signboard at a cloth and accessories shop!

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Portal Dragon!

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For a closer view!

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Mural painting!

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Dragon water spout feeding a hand washing basin at Myoubensenten Shrine!

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Laughing or roaring?

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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Back view!

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Small but ferocious!

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Carved wood Dragon at Toufuku Temple!

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Looks like a familiar pet!

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It certainly is not going to frighten many!

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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

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Kyoto Pavement Art

Like in every city in Japan yu should have a god look at the pavements of Kyoto City, although they are remakably from this of other cities!

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For example whereas they are simply patted on the stone or asphalt, cycling lanes signs are solid tilework!

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Kyoto seems to be fond of bronze plaques giving bilingual directions to passers-by!

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Another example!

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Pavement decorations can be tiny like these near the Kabuki Theater!

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Or they can be immense inside malls!

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On the other hand Kyoto have very few kinds of decorated manhole covers, a somewhat disappointing discovery!

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That’s how far it goes!

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But the Demachi Esplanade made up for them all!

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Look at the pavement under the feet of the customers!

I took them all, so let’s see if you can rcognize all the seafood depicted on them!
They are all different, but they don’t need any explanations!
Here we go, 30 of them!

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Good-bye Demachi Esplanade!

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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

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Myoonbensenten Shrine in Kyoto City

As I said before it is a good idea to keep your eyes open in Kyoto while forgetting the big toursit attractioons at the same time! You can take photographs in peace and check everything without disturbing anyone!

I found this small shrine in Kyoto City which had a nice little dragon!

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It is also called “Myoonten/妙音天”!

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The main shrine!

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There was also another newer but smaller one with many foxes!

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But that beautiful lonely dragon was the main attraction for me!

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Not that big, but really exquisite!

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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A grand way to wash your hands!

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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

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Cats Enticing You to Drinking, Eating and Shopping in Japan!

Cats cannot be trusted whatever part of the world you are living in!
They are too crafty and think only of themselves.
We humans are barely worth of note but as practical providers easy to fool!
And in Japan it is reaching a form of art!

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C’mon, try my beer!

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Vampire pussies inviting you to shochu in Fukuoka City!

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Inviting you on payday in Kyoto City?

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Inviting you inside a souvenir shop in Kyoto City!

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Inviting you to a waterhole on the 2nd Floor in Kyoto City!

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Sharing a bubble wine bath in Shizuoka City!

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Elegant maybe, but all the same dangerously inviting you inside a bistro in Hamamatsu City!

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Drink my sake in Fujieda City!

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Inviting you inside an izakaya in Shzuoka City!

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Bringing me luck inside a Shizuoka City Cafe?
Spare me!

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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

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Eaves Swallows in Kyoto!

The summer has really started in Kyoto and there are true signs of it around!

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Can you guess?

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Any house in Kyoto considers itself lucky to have them under the eaves of their entrance!

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Eaves swallows, a sign of good luck and prosperity!

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Food is abundant enough but it is hard work to feed all those chicks!

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Bye bye little ones and keep this house lucky!

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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

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Aihama Shirahige Shrine (相俣白髭神社)-Thunder Stone (雷石) in Aihama, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Yesterday I decided to cycle along a rout I hadn’t done for almost three years: Warashina River in Aoi ku, Shzuoka City!

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I hadn’t found much of interest (I did on the way back, though!) until I reached Warabiko Rest Area which also includes a public bath.

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Apart of some very useful amenities they also had a map of the area!

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I noticed the name of a Shinto Shrine called Aihama Shirahige Jinjya/”Aihama” stands for the area, “Shirahige/White Beard is a very common name for shrines and “jinjya” for shrine.
They also mentioned the Thunder Stone/Kaminari Ishi/雷石. It looked pretty impressive on the map.
later i had to come to the conclusion of not trusting such maps too much when it came to size and importance! LOL

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It didn’t look that far on the map but it took me a good one hour uphill to find it.
On the way I stopped at the Kiyosawa street Station to eat some succulent local wild boar croquettes where ladies were kind to tell me to just go straight ahead!
I cycled and cycled until I knew I must passed it.
I stopped to ask some local farmers as there are quite many around cultivating rice and a famous brand of green tea called “Honyama”!.
It took me time to explain rightly what I was looking for and found out I had just passed it!

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Well, I challenge anyone, Japanese included to find that minuscule sign!
Lucky I was on a bicycle!

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The sign, for its small size, was brand new so the shrine must have found some recognition of late.
I asked a few people people on the way back but nobody could tell me how old it was.
The fact there many shrine called “white beard” in the area didn’t help!

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The stairs leading to the shrine were old, narrow and barely in repair!

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Judging from the vegetation it must cleared only once a year for a local yearly matsuri/festival!

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I finally reach the small torii/sacred bird gate that stands at the entrance of any shinto shrine!

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Past the the torii I found two old stone lanterns with a moon and sun carved openings.

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The pines trees on the steep slope looked very ancient indeed!

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The shrine!
Big enough it was unfortunately completely locked up and even the coin offerings box seemed locked, too!
I might have been the first real visitor in a long time, although the wooden cover over the water stone basin was brand new!

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I haven’t seen that design before although it looks like a pointed beard!

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The Thunder Stone!
I did look all around the shrine to ascertain it was the real thing atop a kind of stone cairn!

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Truth to tell it might be a lot smaller than I was made to believe but it was very unusual!

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The stone looked natural enough to me as I didn’t see nay obvious signs of carving on it.
The color was unusual and I could find any stone of the same color!

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I entertain the notion that someone a long time ago brought it there as an offering.
The small metal torii gate was added a lot later!

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I didn’t feel disappointed at the small size of the Thunder Stone as there was plenty of interesting pictures to be taken on my way out!

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The stone lanterns were really ancient!

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The original hand washing stone basin?

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A paved way out of history!

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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

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Miho Shrine (美保神社) at Miho (美保) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

The other day when I finally reached Hagormo Pine Trees in Miho (美保), Shimizu Ku, I noticed this big shinto shrine just across the street from the entrance to the famous tourisitic spot!

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The date of its foundation is unknown but it bears an important relation with the Hagormo Site.

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Entrance Lantern!

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One of the shrines!
Actually the site contains more than one shrine, all erected at different times!

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You will find no less than three little shrines on your right!

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Votive messages hung on New Year’s Day!

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Shrines usually have water ready for visitors to wash their hands with!

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They even explain how to properly do it!

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One of the main shrines (very old)!

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The main shrine!

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One of the two enormous vases bearing the shrine crest!

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The money offerings box also with the shrine crest!

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Garyubai sake by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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The Shrine Crest Curtain!

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Let’s take a peek inside!

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The prayer room!

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Big drum used for the two main matsuri held during the year!

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Another, much older, shrine behind the main shrine!

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Felt taken to another age!

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Another small but very old and of an unusual shape shrine!

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I even found another one lost among the trees!

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Talking of trees that very very ancient cicada must be one of the most beautiful I ever encountered!

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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

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Seorido Shrine in Miho, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

When it comes to Shinto Shrines Shizuoka Prefecture is big enough and has enough history to provide visitors with discoveries. Shinto Shrines are never that big here, except for a very few, but they are many, and unfortunately most are forgotten, but the more mysterious for it.
I’m not a religious man, but I love architecture, art and history, and the discovery of the smallest detail can be more fulfilling than visiting grandiose but crowded monuments in world famous touristic spots!

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The other day cycling along a road parallel to the Miho Beach in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, I discovered this shrine out of the blue.
Built no less than 1200 years ago, it goes under the ame of Seorido Shrine/瀬織戸神社.
Also called Bentensama/辨天様, it is dedicated to the Shinto Godess Seoritsuhime/瀬織津姫 and is devoted to the welfare of fishermen among others.

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Like any shinto shrine the access paved lane climbs up the small hill under a torii gate.

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Although the paved land around it of origin it must have built all over again many times!

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The main shrine building!

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Looking at the back locals still take good care of it!

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It is always a good idea to look at the eaves of such buildings as they reveal old parts!

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You realize that the whole place is built of bits and pieces from different eras!

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My eyes felt attracted to this very small shrine, some parts f which are definitely of another era!

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“See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil!”

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I carefully replaced the offered rice crackers after photographing!

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On old lady must have left this 1 yen coin as an offering!

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Lady worshipers should have a good look at his sign!
It says that if they participate to the shrine festival they will become beautiful (i will leave the translation to the locals!)!

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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

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Weird Japan (46): Rabbit Road Guard Rails!

Japan is a safe country to the point of decorating part-time road guard rails when proceeding with works on their roads!

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Yes, rabbits!
One way to keep the kids off dangerous roads!
And it is one example!
I’ve already seen blue ducks and blue and white Mount Fuji!

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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
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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Animal Plant Design at Hamana Lake Flower Garden!

We spent no less than 4 hours inside the enormous Flower Garden in Hamamatsu city and took more than 180 picture!
I am not going to complete as this allows me to write a series of articles on different themes!
This second one is titled Animal Plant Design!

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A light green grass doggie!

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Another doggie in dark green grass!

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A peacock tree?

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Let’s have a look at those!

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Teddy bears having a great time!

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More dog trees!

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Take your pick!

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A llama and a giraffe!

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Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in good company!

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My favorite beast: a Dragon!

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A turtle made of succulent plants! Not for eating!

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Another turtle made of succulents and grass!

Hamana Lake Flower Garden
Hamanako Flower garden
浜名湖フラワーガーデン

10th anniversary of the 2004 Pacific Flora Garden Exposition and the 21st Japan Urban Greenery Shizuoka Festival

Open until June 15th

Hamamatsu City, Nishi Ku, Murakoshi Cho, 5348-3
Tel.: 53-488-1811
ENGLISH HOMEPAGE

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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

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Shizuoka-Cannes Week in Shizuoka City (2014)!

The Cities of Shizuoka City and Cannes city in France have been sister cities for quite some time and the citizens have taken on themselves to organize events to celebrate it when they realized that the city governments were not doing enough to promote such links!

from this year the event has turned into a week-long celebration being staged in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, shichiken-Cho on Saturday may 17th and Sunday 18th and again in Shizuoka Ciy, Shimizu Ku on Friday may 23rd thru Sunday 25th!

I took the opportunity yesterday to take some pictures and greet many friends!

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Animal dolls on sale!

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Flowers!

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BBQ stand!

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Great smiles and great wines!

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Great french cakes from Tokyo!

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More flowers!

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Coffee, of course!

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Famous Shizuoka Cocktail Barmen!

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More famous Shizuoka Cocktail Barmen!

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I wonder if they have the same Pakistani food in Cannes!

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Street performer!

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Italian chef Adorno!

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Growstock bar staff!

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Very original burgers!

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Honey!

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Shizuoka vegetables!

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More wines and smiles!

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Great ham!

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Shizuoka Brewing friends!

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Homemade bento!

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Cute!

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Friend from Kin no Okan!

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Succulents! Plants not for food!

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Ended the day with a glass of Garyubai sake by Sanwa brery, Shimizu ku, Shizuoka City!

More pictures taken today!

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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Japanese Festivals: Hamamatsu Matsuri/濱松まつり on May 3~5th!

Hamamatsu Matsuri/濱松まつり is one of the major festivals held in Japan!

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Posters are hung even inside Shizuoka JR station!
It is an old Festival as it was held since the Muromachi Era (1555~1569).
It has been more or less been held in its present form since 1884!

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The main reason for its international fame is the enormous kites flown during the 3 days of the festival and especially on May 5th, Boys Day, as the family of each newborn boy will fly one those immense kites!

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This year it will be held from may 3rd (Saturday) to May 5th (Monday), all National Holidays!

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and don’t forget that the Festival lasts into the night every day with floats and many other events!

Check these sites for more information:
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot/festival/hamamatsufes.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamamatsu

A great day for photographers and tourists!

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Must-see tasting websites:

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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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“Kids” at Kanaya Tea Festival!

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

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A tired little girl and a proud ather!

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An exhausted little girl and a stolid mother!

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Cute boys from the First District!

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Sometimes games are more important than festivals!

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What did I tell you?

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Two generations of ladies enjoying the attention!

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The cutest girl of the day?

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Weary and wary!

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We know this cute girl!

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V signs!

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

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

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Must-see tasting websites:

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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City