Kataoka Sumiyoshi Shrine (片岡住吉神社) in Yoshida Cho!

Sometimes you have to keep your eyes open!
I was riding the bus to Shizunami in Yoshida Cho and was nearing my destination when I noticed this shrine our of the window.
I noted the bus stop and on my way back I alighted to investigate!

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It looked quite impressive for a “local” shrine!
Actually I had the luck to meet its resident “kanshi/priest” who provided me with many an interesting point.
In fact, they are going to hold their annual festival this Sunday, meaning a second trip there!

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A beautiful stone lantern!

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Unusual motif!

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I was a bit confused at the different names of the shrine.
The name written on the torii gate, “Sumiyoshi” is actually the name of the god venerated there, whereas the name of the shrine is Kataoka!

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I’ve been to other shrines also called Sumiyoshi, in shizuoka City in particular, and I started to understand because of similarities.
For example this guarding lion!

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He has his paw resting on a smaller lion!

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And the other guarding lion!

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His paw is resting on a ball!

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I was told that the main shrine was built 100 years or more ago, but some of the streets are found in records dating back to the 1640’s!

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The shrine is definitely of importance as it includes a preliminary roofed gate with guarding lodges!

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Getting nearer!

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it clearly states the name of Kataoka Shrine!

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The tiny right-hand side guard in its minuscule lodge!

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His companion on the left!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin!

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The proper way to wash your hands!

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A real boulder for a basin!

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This shrine was erected mainly for the protection of local sailors and fishermen as demonstrated by this giant oyster!

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The main shrine!

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Beautiful urn!

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The rice straw garland has been replaced anew!

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Lion and wild boar guard!

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And a dragon giving a hand!

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“Kataoka Shrine”!

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The money offerings box!

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No less than three portable shrines being readied for the coming festival!

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The festival drum!

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Crested curtain!

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This fishing boat was donated to the Shrine by the Fishing Companies Owners Association!

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Bearing the name of “Sumiyoshi”!

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A last look at the roofing!

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Making my way back home!
Actually the kanushi even offered me a drive!

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See you again on Sunday!

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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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Japanese Crab Species 4: Japanese Mitten Crab/Mokuzugani (expanded)

This crab goes by the latin name of Eriocheir japonica (De Haan, 1835). It was first recorded outside Japan by a Dutch researcher.
It also goes under the name of 上海蟹 (Chuugo mokuzugani/チュウゴクモクズガニ) although this can also be read as “Shanghai kani” because such specimen come from China. Not to be confused!

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Japanese Mitten Crab or Mokuzugani in Japanese is also called Mokuzou, Zugani, Tsugani or Kegani.
It caught alsmost everywhere in Japan in Autumn and Winter.
In Autumn the females come to lay their eggs at river mouths.
Plenty are found along the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture.
They are caught in boxes baited with fish.

As for food, they can be eaten boiled in soups or crushed with their shell and cooked with miso. They could even be prepared as French bisque.

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The female specimens are particularly appreciated for their egg sacs.

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These boiled egg sacs with the meat make for delicious sushi nigiri or gunkan!

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Very popular served/prpeared the Chinese way!

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Dragons in Shizuoka Prefecture 2

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!
They even lurk in Buddhist temples!

Shall we look for them (pun intended!)?

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I found an old one almost invisible in Kataoka Sumiyoshi Shiren in Sumiyoshi, Yoshida Cho!

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I know one thing for sure: he is 100 years old or a litlle more!

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I discovered these two hiding inside Oi Shrine in Shimada City!

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The water is not magical and good enough to drink!

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Short horns!

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Twinkling eye!

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Maybe a little shy!

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This one seems to go unnoticed in Okutsuhiko Shrine in Kuruma Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Pert smile!

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I was a bit nonplussed to find this one in a Buddhist temple called Rei Ei Ji in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I made this discovery yesterday when I looked around in Shizunami, Mkainohara City in a Buddhist temple with an interminable name!

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the name of the temple is Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishinkaizan Myoushouji !

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It might be tempted to disappear before yu can say the name aloud!

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Checking my archives I unearthed this wooden one ridden by a kappa/water goblin!

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Practically the same on a scroll!
Both can be found in Hachan Kappa Museum in Yaizu City!

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We will take our leave riding this minuscule one hidden in Ogushi Shrine in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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

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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing-Bitter Ale

Yesterday I finally managed some free time to taste Aoi Brewing’s new beer at Aoi Beer Stand in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City: Bitter Ale!

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Bitter Ale is part of Aoi Brewing’s second batch which includes Summer Stout!

Incidentally we will be able to savor the third batch from mid-August with 4 types: Alt, Brown Ale, IPA and Stout!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 4 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: orange
Bubbles: very fine. Short head, white
Aroma: discreet and dry. Roasted oats.
Taste: Very refreshing and dry attack.
Roasted oats, bread, hints of oranges.
Pleasantly lingers for a while in back of the palate.
Later appearance of nuts.
Not really as its name would suggest, but dry with some gentle acidity.
Changes little with food but for stronger oranges.

Overall: Very refreshing beer, far better than owner Naoki Mando would admit.
Great thirst-quenching craft beer with a twist!

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi beer is also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK

and Mando:

Mando, Neo Japanesque Bar
420-0031, Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku Cho, 2-4-6, Mori Blg, 1F
Tel/Fax: 054-221-5103
Business hours: 17:00~26:00
Parties possible on 2F
Credit cards OK

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Miwa Shrine (三輪神社) in Shizuoka City!

As I was cycling along the Abe River in Shimo (下), Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, I barely noticed this torii gate on my right against the wooded slope!

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Naturally I turned back, got off my bicycle and started exploring the alley between old cedars past the torii gate!

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What is that in the distance?

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Getting nearer!

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A hand-washing stone basin and its awning!

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Very unusual hand washing stone basin!

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Stone lantern at the bottom of a flight of stairs!

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The flight of stairs leading to the main shrine!

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Very much against a steep slope!

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The main shrine!

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The guarding lions!

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The smiling lion guard!

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Its roaring counterpart!

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The money offerings box!

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An offering of red beans from a local farmer!

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The shrine has been used for a long time by local farmer as witnessed by the old photographs!

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The back of the shrine sheltering festival tools and an altar!

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Looking back at the hand washing stone basin downstairs!

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i discovered an older and smaller flight of stairs almost hidden on the right!

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An older and smaller shrine!

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The rice straw garland proves it is still much venerated!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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Looking down at the main shrine!

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Robust roofing there, too!

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Pleasant atmosphere!

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Many old names of local faithfuls!

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I tried to peek inside to look at the altar but it was too dark!

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That is how I found the name of the shrine!

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This seemingly old picture was taken in 1975!

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Rural Japan!

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Good-bye Miwa Shrine!

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Oi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City (1)!

Oi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City is not only big but it is actually a whole collection of big and small shrines which accumulated there with times because of so many people having to stop there in Edo Times before crossing the very wide and dangerous Oi River.
As I visit Shimada City regularly, I think it is better to describe it in smaller articles in the near future than going into a unending story!
Let just me show what I took yesterday!

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The famous statues of the Obi Festival which takes pplace every 3 years! The next one will be in 2016!

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Japanese garden and river!

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The entrance to the small bridge over the stream!

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A large lantern!

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One of the many hand washing basins!

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The whole complex is surrounded with low stone walls and streams!

The following pictures were taken a little later just at dusk!

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One of the side entrance torii gates!

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Lighted lanterns under venerable trees!

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Back to the hand washing stone basin!

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One of the bigger shrines!

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Back to the dancing statues in the dark!

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A stone lantern surrounded by azalea trees!

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The roaring guarding lion!

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His smiling counterpart!

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To be continued…

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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