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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!
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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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-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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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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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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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

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Visiting Shizuoka Prefecture by Bus 2: Shimada City~Ikumi Line

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

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This time, still starting from Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Station North Exit Bus Platform, I went north along the Ikumi Line/Ikumi Sen/伊久身線 up in the mountains till the last station called Ikumi (different Japanese characters: 伊久美).
Note there is only one bus every hour!

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My bus!

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Although smaller than tourist buses, such vehicles have very large windows for perfect views!

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The trip altogether last an hour and runs along the Ooi River for about 20 minutes!
This particular line is heavily subsidized by the municipality to help tea farmers up in the mountains and the whole trip costs only 200 yen!

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The city is also taking care of some splendid lawn banks!

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Turning along the Ikumi River a tribute of the Ooi River!

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It becomes pretty narrow at times!

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It runs across narrow farm lands!

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in some areas it becomes a torrent between steep slopes!

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Some spots are very popular for camping, bathing and BBQ’s!

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The green tea grown on these mountains is among the best in Japan!

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These propellers help regulate the air and temperature for the tea leaves!

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Almost arrived!
Only 200 yen!

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My bus at the last stop up in the mountains!

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This very last stop is in Nihama!
Now, let’s walk and ride again!) all the way back to Shimada City to discover the sights!

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What’s over there?

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A splendid kura/蔵/Traditional Japanese warehoues in a perfect state!

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You will find some of the very old abodes of the local farmers!

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Green tea farms!

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A very ancient western-style house buit during the Meiji Era which now serves as a community center!

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It definitely warrants the appellation of a cultural asset!

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Look at that roof!

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Walking along the river…

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Green tea everywhere!

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More green tea!

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What are they doing?

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Catching ayu trouts!

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A sign to warn drivers that they are passing by an elementary school!

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It was a sweltering day and I would have welcomed a dip!

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Plenty of fish there, too!

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The local tea cooperative processing plant!

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The roof is green with tea particles!

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A wild boar hunters’ lodge!
The area is plagued with wild boars, deer and wild monkeys who feat on the farms!

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Some of the local farmers are still obviously well off!

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A double traditional house!

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With its rare and expensive linking hall!

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More modest traditional Japanese farmhouses!

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No, this house is not abandoned!

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It is a community agricultural equipment shed!

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Another ayu trout angler!

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The next bus stop!

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The last post office which also probably serves as a bank!

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The last Police box/”koban”!

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I had a great talk with this gentleman farmer!
He even gave me some frozen wild boar meat!

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We talked in front of his home while I was waiting for the next bus!

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A tiny house shrine!

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I discovered this house along the river decorated with wind toys!

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Beside the bus stop next to the house stood a local Shinto shrine!

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The shrine was called Ooi Uami Shrine dedicated to the Ooi River in Uami District!

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It concealed a far more ancient and minuscule shrine!

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There are many Shinto shrines all along the Ooi River indeed!

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The Hachiman Shrine in Kawaguchi!

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Another bigger one!

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The Kanza Ooi Shrine!

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An even bigger one as I got nearer back to the center of Shimada City!

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The Sonsha Ooi Shrine!

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And even a small one “floating” on a small river!

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But I couldn’t find its name!

Where shall I go next?

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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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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents