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Wind Spinners House in Uami, Shimada City!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interesting way to pour water!

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

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

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More bric-a-brac around!

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Are these wind chimes or wind spinners?

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Thirsty racoon dogs!

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Very old soy sauce pots and sake flasks!

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Offerings to ancestors?

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Beautiful bonsai!

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Interesting way to use discarded clay pots!

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Unusual wind spinners!

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Going down stone stairs on my way back!

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Bye-bye wind spinners!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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They haven’t opened windows for ages!

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Covered with ivy on at least three sides!

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I truly wonder what’s hiding inside! LOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Riding along Oi River!

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Finally crossing Oi River and riding full south!

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

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

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

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

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

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No need for a guide, just follow the bathers!

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

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Quite a few rich residences along the way, too!

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Found my bathers again!

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These gourds seem popular with the local farmers!

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

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Ubiquitous beach hotel!

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The ocean!

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Lonely mermaid?

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Official entrance to the beach!

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

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Bathers!

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Young lifeguard!

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

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Taking a dip!

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

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

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Useful map in four languages!

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

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Public bathing prohibited there!

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Walking back to the entrance!

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Good-bye, Shizunami!

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

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One bus every hour!

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

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

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Let’s walk and find the beach first!

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

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Turn left for the sun beach!

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

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

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

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A few hardy bathers only!

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Deep sea and treacherous currents beyond the tetrapods!

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Vast beach!

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Pleasant enough sea for the kids!

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

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Cheap local makuwa melons and Hime sakura watermelons!

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

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

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

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Some rich ancient families still live there!

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

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

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This particular shrine was founded to protect local fishermen!

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

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It is owned by the Oomura Soy sauce Company!

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A beautiful sunset greeted me back in Shimada City!

See you on the next trip!

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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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Pavement Tile Tourism in Sagara, Makinohara City!

Many cities in Japan use their pavement to promote their own tourism.
They usually do them on single tiles on various sizes, but in Sagara, a spot famous for its beaches and seafood, the local authorities have commandeered quadruple tile design you v\can find near the Sagara Eigyoujyou Bus Terminal!

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The symbol tree of Sagara town is the pine, but it is the first time I see it represented with such big roots!

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The mascot of the Town is “Cha Cha Maru Kun”!
“Cha cha” stands for “tea”, “Maru” is usually a name given to ships and “Kun” means is a young friend!

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Sagara Town is famous for its Beach Kite Festival!
This particular character popular with kite designers is called “Okame”!

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And this is its male counterpart called “Koi Kin”!

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The symbol flower of Sagara town is the narcissus!

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In Japan the Turtle and the Crane are the combined symbol of prosperity and good luck!

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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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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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-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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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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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

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

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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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-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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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