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Hachimangu (八幡宮), Inari Daimyoujin(稲荷大明神) and Hie (日枝神社) Shrines and Mount Fuji-Viewing Park in Hyahata, Shizuoka City!

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South of Shizuoka JR Station in Suruga Ku, in Yahata/八幡 (the locals pronounce it “Yaata”!) stands a small mountain called Hyahata San/八幡山 full of history hwere you can discover no less than three different Shinto Shrines and enjoy a splendid view of Mount Fuji!

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The roofed stone hand-washing basin!

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The stone hand wash basin where worshipers and casual visitors are asked to purify themselves (Harai 祓い) of impurity!

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It even has a cute dragon as a water spout!

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A row of old small stone shrines behind the basin!

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The Kannushi/神主/Shrine priest’s son in front of the Hachimangu/八幡宮 Shrine, the main but not the oldes of the three shrines found on that spot!

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They even sell baked sweet potatoes as a practice for the kids for the annual festival held on August the 15th!

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The priest and family’s home doubling as a shrine office!
Note that this is a small shrine, therefore the priest needs another job to survive!

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Still has and antique entrance porch!

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The “shishi/獅子” or “Komainu/狛犬”/lion guard on the left “roaring” to scare demons.
The rice straw garland/shimenawa/注連縄 around both lion guards has a special meaning as they have stood there for exactly 100 years!

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The “smiling” (actually his closed mouth means that he shelters and keeps in the good spirits) is also stadning on a pedestal made of volcanic rocks collected on the slopes of Mount Fuji!

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The shrine festival chariot, unfortunately idle for lack of hands!

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A small “kamidana/神棚/shrine with a “mon/文/crest” decorated money offerings box!

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“Ema/絵馬/votive plaques”!

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It has its own “sumo ring (dohyo/土俵)!

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The Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall!

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Some welcome information and advice!

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The Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall with its “shimenawa/注連縄/rice straw garland, praying bells and their ropes and a money offerings box!

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A lion guard on the roof!

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The ancient “Hachimangu/八幡宮” Shrine name plaque!

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Ancient sake/酒/rice wine offering vessels!

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A more modern, probably donated, lantern!

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A peek inside with sumo wrestlers’ hands prints!

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The flight of stairs leading to the other two shrines!

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Take the short flight on your right!

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The Inari Daimyoujin(稲荷大明神) dedicated to Inari/稲荷 (the god/goddess of agriculture)!

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It is actually very small!

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There are actually two small kamidana/神棚/shrines facing each other!

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The other one!

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The flight of stairs leading to the third shrine!

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A red torii/鳥居/sacred bird gate, this one with straight members, or shinmei torii 神明鳥居!

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Another shrine whose purpose I could not fathom!

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Getting near the Hie Shrin/日吉, which is dedicated to the mountain kami/神/god Sannō 山王!

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The Hie Shrine!

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I surmise that this building is there to store shrine regalia!

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Two smaller kamidana/神棚/shrines before reaching the Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall!

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Its entrance is flanked with two stone lanterns!

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The cloud and deer motifs!

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The mountain motif!

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There is actually a flight of stairs access from the Hachimangu Shrine!

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The Hie Shrine Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall with a gate, which is more here to d\fend off unwanted viistors than anything else as it is not locked!
There used to be another building alongside but it disappeared a long time ago in a fire.

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The nawa/縄/rice straw garland/nawa with white paper that is cut into strips and hung from this garland/rope, called shime 注連 or gohei, which symbolizes purity in the Shintō faith!

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A kirin/麒麟/a mythical hooved chimerical creature!

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These elephant-like mythical creatures are called "baku/獏" and they are supposed to eat nightmares!

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Shishi/獅子/lion and baku/獏/nightmare eater guarding the shrine together!

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The closed double door of the Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall!

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Interesting details of the wooden architecture!

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Venerable trees all around!
Actually when you take the next flight of stairs you find yourself walking through a small forest!

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A few cheery tress can still be seen blooming!

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Are there spirits hiding behind the trees?

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Very old roots!

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The top has recently been transformed into a small public park!

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Getting near the very top!

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From there you can discover a grans view of Mount Fuji and another one of the Suruga Bay across the city!
To be revisited again a clear and crisp day for photographs!

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The small park is actually very well cared for!

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See you again for the festival!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Japanese Festivals: The “Big Three” in Shimada City!

There are many known and not so known reasons to keep an attentive eye on the City of Shimada in Shizuoka prefecture, the more for it with the noticeable increase in foreign tourists thanks to the increasingly busy Fujisan Shizuoka Aiport in The same City of Shimada!

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Tourists disembarking from the Airport should spare a minute to look at a big billboard outside Shimada Railway Station as it is written in no less than three languages, English, Chinese and Korean, depicting the three major festivals held in this City!

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The Shimada Taisei (Obi Festival)!

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This Festival has been held since 1695 and is one of the so-called three strangest Festivals in japan!
It is being held every years!

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Photo taken on 1th of October 2013!

The big attraction of course is the parade held with the 25 “Oyakko” dressed in attire of yore carrying umbrellas and long wooden swords draped with expensive traditional cloth!

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But there is still more to watch, especially the “floats fights” and the children dances!
For complete reports consult HERE (1), HERE (2), HERE (3), HERE (4), HERE (5), HERE (6), and HERE (7)!

The last Shimada Taisei (Obi Festival) was held in 2013, and will be held in 2016 and 2019 (Rugby World Cup Year which will include venues in Shizuoka Prefecture!)!

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The second big festival is the “Kanaya Tea Festival!

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Kanaya used to be a city of its own before it was recently merged with Shimada City, but it has preserved its own true identity.
Every two years no less than 1,000 “Tea Gilrs/Cha Musume” of all ages and status parade along the main street to celebrate the budding of the tea leaves every two years in the second week of April!

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Photo taken on the 13th of April 2014!

Actually almost the whole population of Kanaya is taking part!
But there are many more opportunities for great pictures and videos!

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Even young schoolgirls beating the drums like men!

The kanaya Tea Festival will be next held in 2016, 2018 and 2020 (the Year of the Tokyo Olympics!)!
For full report consult HERE (1), HERE (2), HERE (3), HERE (4) and HERE (5)!

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The third big festival is the Shimada Mage Matsuri (Women Topknot Festival)!

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It is a festival held to commemorate the creation of a lady topknot worn all over Japan said to be created by Tora Gozen, a courtesan native of Shimada!

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Photo taken on the 21st of September 2014!

On the third weekend of September 50 girls and ladies parade all around Shimada City with their hair/topknot done in the traditional Japanese fashion!

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This festival is held every year, but the 50 different participants are always different!

For full report consult HERE!

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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
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Nishinomiya-Oibessan Shrine (西宮おいべっさん) in Shizuoka City!

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Along the Tenmacho Street, not far from Cenova Department Store in Aoi KU, Shizuoka City stands an old Shinto Shrine dedicated to the God of Merchants and Fishermen, Oibessan also known under the names of Ebessan and Ebisu!

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Although it was last rebuilt in 1856, it is said to date back as afar as the 8th Century.
It is under the jurisdiction of the Nishinomiya Shrine in Tokyo.

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It is a comparatively simple shrine in a very quiet place, unassuming at first glance, but if you know how to look you will discover some interesting details!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin and a couple of old trees which have somehow survived!

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Have a good look at the small roof!

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The right hand side lion guard (“koma inu”)!

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And its companion on the left side!

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The main shrine building!

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The rice straw garland (“shimenawa”) and the bell rope but no money offerings box (“saisenbako”)?

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Unusual and exquisite wooden crane, a symbol of good luck!

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The main building hides and older original shrine at its back!

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An old crest (“mon”)!

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A seabream (“tai”), a symbol of plenty!

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The Ebisu god!

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The older shrine at the back!

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An old stone lantern with a cloud motif!

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Another stone lantern at the far back with a deer motif!

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The oldest tree at the shrine!

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The older shrine from the back!

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Typical architecture!

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Good-bye, Oibessan!

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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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Manhole Covers In Shizuoka Prefecture 35 bis: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover Being Installed in Shizuoka City!

Yesterday some Shizuoka City Civil servants had been already been busy all morning when I reached the spot on the east side of the Shizuoka Municipal Hospital for the official installment of the new manhole cover to be be laid upon 40 out 56 fire hydrants.

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The spot had been conveniently chosen across the street from the Sumpu Castle Park!

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I had already discovered freshly installed covers near the Mizuho Bank,…

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in another spot from across the Sumpu Castle Park,…

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on Sengen Shrine Street,…

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in front of a soba restaurant,…

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on the street along Cenova Department Store!

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This was the spot chosen for the “media”!

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The old plate laid in 2007 to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu retirement to Sumpu Castle in Fuchu as Shizuoka was called then.

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One can discover other beautiful covers nearby but they don’t concern the fire department. The one above is laid over a manhole for access to spent waters and sewers.

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The City Water Department led by my new friend, Mr. Yuuta Fujii/藤井勇太さん, finally arrived at the “spot”!

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The truck full of covers!

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For the city’s records!

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The “local media” was just on time!

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The new cover with its protective layer!

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Lifting off the old cover!

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The fire hydrant!

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Change of eras!

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The last tap!

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The new cover with the date “2015” commemorating the 400th Annivesary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle!
The motif represents Mount Fuji, Miho Matsubara Beach, Suruga Bay and the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine!

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Old and new covers!
Some of the old ones will be kept for emergency replacement while others will be either destroyed or recycled fr the metal.

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Work done!

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The “local media” at work.
Unfortunately they had little or no clue about the manhole covers, their history and what they represented.
A foreign resident had to explain them…

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On my way back I noticed the one in front of one m\of my favorite bars along the Miyuki Cho Street and foreigners talking pictures of it!

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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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Manhole Covers In Shizuoka Prefecture 35: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover in Shizuoka City!

Last Friday the Shizuoka Municipal Government finally announced the creation of a new Fire hydrant manhole cover to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle.
I decided some more investigation was in order and I visited the Shizuoka City Hall to find out where it was exhibited.
It wasn’t.
And nobody could tell me where to find it until a nice lady civil servant did some research and told me I would have to go to a Shizuoka City Works Office Water Distribution Department in Nishinakahara on the other side of the station! I actually cycled the wrong way, had to ask the way in a police station who didn’t know much more than me in spite of my 38-year residency.

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南安倍取水場/Minami Abe (of Abe River) Water Pumping Site! Lucky I can read Japanese!

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Looking at the nondescript building/office there is no way to know where you are.
Lucky that nice lady back in the Shizuoka City Hall did some good investigative wrok for me!
Not only this but she had forewarned a young civil servant of my coming!
And the least I can say is that he was ready with information and manhole covers!
But let’s have a look around first!

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Cover for access a small to medium water valve!

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The smallest type of cover for access to a water valve!

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Mr. Yuuta Fujii/藤井勇太さん to whom I’m indebted for the whole investigation!

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The three types of manhole covers (plus the smaller ones) this particular office is in charge of installing and maintaining!
There are other types for electricity, gas, drainage waters, sewers, but they all are the reposiblity of as many offices! No wonder it is so difficult to find out information!

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The traditional fire fighting festival pole, “matoi/纏”!

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The traditional three fire fighting festival pole, a model probably older and definitely rarer!

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The cover commemorating the 400th anniversary of the coming of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu to Sumpu Castle

Most of the above three covers will be replaced with the new one in the two months to come.
Hurry to take photos of them before they disappear!

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The design of the new cover to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle!

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Mr. Fujii had prepared color copies of the information for me!
The design represents Mount Fuji, Miho no Matsubara Beach, Kunozan Toshogun Shrine and Suruga Bay!
Relief accounts fro 54.56% of the surface!

The plaque is fabricated by a Shizuoka Company called Hinode Suidou Kiki Co.!

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40 covers will be fabricated for a total cost of 2,500,000 yen.
Each cover diameter is 530 mm, and each will weigh 24 kg!

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They will be installed to replace ld types around Sumpu Park and along the route from Shizuoka JR Station to the Sengen Shrine!

Mr. Fujii has promised to call me when the first cover will be installed for the benefit of the media!
New report in the offing, then!

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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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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Along the Tokaido Nature Trail to Nihondaira Peak in Shizuoka Ciy!

Mount Fuji is best seen on a winter sunny days and there is an embarrassment of choices as to from what spot to admire it!
Nihondaira Peak inside Shizuoka City, that is in suruga Ku, is one of them.
And if you feel like having some much needed exercise one way to reach Nihondaira peak is to do it on foot!
If you are a fit person, whatever your age, it will take you only a couple of hours walk.
To avoid monotony just go back by bus but beware that the last one is at about 16:00.
Let me relate how I achieved it last week!

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I first took a local train from Shizuoka JR Station and got off at Kusanagi Station.
You can also reach the same destination by riding the Shizutetsu Line from Shizuoka Cenova Department Store!
Get off at Kusanagai and walk till the main crossing ahead. Turn left and look for a big Torii/鳥居 gate which will be your starting point. The torii is that of a very interesting shrine, Kusanagi Shrine I described earlier.
Walk under the torii and proceed straight ahead!

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Don’t forget to look at your feet sometimes and you will discover some interesting manhole covers!

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This type is a pretty old fire hydrant access when Shimizu was still a separate city!

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The same type with a colored center!

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An even older type of Shimizu City fire hydrant cover!

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Go along he Kusanagijinja (Kusanagi Shrine) dori/path!

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Don’t worry, there will be plenty of signs along the route to keep you on the right track!

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First you will reach the Kusanagi Shinto Shrine!

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Spare some of your time to visit it! It is worth it!

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On your way out you will find an interesting manhole cover again!

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Old Shimizu City type featuring Mount Fuji and Miho Beach with Matsubara Forest!

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For collecting river and rain waters!

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Check that you are on the right path!

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Have a good look at the map!

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It is bilingual!

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It also gives you indications on the time needed!

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Your first steps will take you through rural land!

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Green tea fields and the last winter Chinese cabbage!

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You are on the right path!

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Peach tree field!

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This is orange tree land!

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Discovered this cute shed before the next bend!

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it is only a private farm tool shed but the local primary school kids spent a great time decorating it!

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A great idea to help the local kids’ sense of creation!

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Don’t miss the next bend and walk up the passage way above the road!

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A grand view is in wait for you at the top of the stairs before you penetrate the mountain forest!

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Mount Fuji!

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Shizuoka is also the land of green tea in japan!

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A long flight of stairs will lead you to the nature trail going along the top of the mountains!

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You never know, you may meet some elves there!

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Plenty of ferns at the foot of tall cedar trees!

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Follow the trail!

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There are definitely sprites among hose trees! LOL

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Out of the woods and almost at the top of Nihondaira peak!

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Goal!

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What is that statue?

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The story of “The Little Girl with The Red Shoes Who Was taken Away By A Stranger”!

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Coming to one of the top Mount Fuji Viewing Spots in Japan!

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The overview!

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Shimizu Harbor and the Suruga Bay!

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Mount Fuji!

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Suruga Bay and Izu Peninsula in the distance!

I wished I had taken more pictures but I was really running low on batteries!
Moreover the air was a bit hazy. Next time I will take pictures earlier in the morning or before sunset (problem here as there will no more buses unless I visit the place on a busy week-end!)!

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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Gokoku Shrine (護国神社) in Yunoki, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Gokoku Shrine (護国神社) in yunoki, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, for all its darker aspects since it is there to mainly look after the souls of soldiers killed in recent wars, is still a place worth a long visit as it also includes a forested park monthly used for flea markets.

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The main entrance torii/gate.
There are many entrances but none of their gates bear a plaque with the name of the shrine.

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Take a look at the stone map of the whole precinct at the entrance!

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Past the main entrance you will walk through a small forest with a big pond on your left inhabited by birds, fish and turtles!

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Even in winter it is a nice place to stroll through.

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Now is the season for the last leaves fall!

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A small bridge will lead you to the main shrine and its park.

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Large modern stone lantern!

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Approaching the main shrine!

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Spare a look at the small edifice on your left!

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Stone washing basin!

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The main torii gate!

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An old torii gate with its “mon”/crest!

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An imposing “smiling” lion guard!

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Its “roaring” companion!

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A traditional lantern!

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The “mon”/crest on the torii gate!

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Past the torii gate!

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It is a major shrine in Shizuoka Prefecture and has its own office and even its museum!

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The main shrine!

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The left roofed aisle!

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The right roofed aisle!

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The stone fence bears many names commemorating past Japanese Army Corps!

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Approaching the main shrine from the right!

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Details of the right aisle roofing!

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Old but in great repair!

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A small money offerings wooden box!

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The main access to the shrine!

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Votive offerings!

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An imposing facade with its rice straw garland and money offerings box!

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The curtains denote the importance of the shrine!

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The Imperial sixteen-petal chrysanthemum crest!

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The shrine also prays for peace and end of wars in the World!

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The traditional plaque with the name of the shrine!

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A peek in the interior past the cherry blossom bearing curtains!

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An enormous Japanese drum for Festivals!

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Off-limits interior!

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Back through the park!

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View of the main entrance on the way back!

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Big traditional stone lanterns at the entrance to the shrine office!

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The clouds and the deer!

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The mountain!

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There is a small but interesting war museum on the second floor.
Next report!

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Dragon picture!

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Stone lantern in the back garden!

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there is a sole kyudo/Japanese archery range open to all at the back of the office!

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Grand old archer!

Actually there is also a kyudo club inside the premises!

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Going out through one of the side entrances!

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Many small stone lanterns along the walkways!

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The side entrance/exit!

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Good-bye, Gokoku shrine!

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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