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Young Nihonga Artist: Kyoko Imagawa/今川教子 (from Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City)!

Pictures all taken by Robert-Gilles Martineau with the authorization of Ms. Kyoko Imagawa and Matsuzakaya Department Store in Shizuoka City
General explanations of Nihonga taken from Wikipedia.

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Nihonga (日本画 Nihonga) or literally “Japanese-style paintings” are paintings that have been made in accordance with traditional Japanese artistic conventions, techniques and materials. While based on traditions over a thousand years old, the term was coined in the Meiji period of the Imperial Japan, to distinguish such works from Western-style paintings, or Yōga (洋画 Yōga).

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Nihonga are typically executed on washi (Japanese paper) or eginu (silk), using brushes. The paintings can be either monochrome or polychrome. If monochrome, typically sumi (Chinese ink) made from soot mixed with a glue from fishbone or animal hide is used. If polychrome, the pigments are derived from natural ingredients: minerals, shells, corals, and even semi-precious stones like malachite, azurite and cinnabar. The raw materials are powdered into 16 gradations from fine to sandy grain textures. A hide glue solution, called nikawa, is used as a binder for these powdered pigments. In both cases, water is used; hence nihonga is actually a water-based medium. Gofun (powdered calcium carbonate that is made from cured oyster, clam or scallop shells) is an important material used in nihonga. Different kinds of gofun are utilized as a ground, for under-painting, and as a fine white top color.

Initially, nihonga were produced for hanging scrolls (kakemono), hand scrolls (emakimono) or folding screens (byōbu). However, most are now produced on paper stretched onto wood panels, suitable for framing. Nihonga paintings do not need to be put under glass. They are archival for thousands of years.

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I have followed the progress of Imagawa Kyoko/今川教師子さん, a young artist born in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, for some time, attracted as I was by her original approach to the art while keeping to its traditional rules and had the pleasure to meet her again in person at Matsuzakaya Department Store (Honkan/Main Building, 6 F) during her latest exhibition held February 24th~March 1st.
For all her young age she is already an 11-year veteran of that demanding art (see personal history end of the article) but she is so modest and easy to approach that it becomes a real pleasure talking art with her!

Like many modern Nihonga artists she has brought her own techniques and preferences to her art, rendering it attractive to all genders, ages and nationalities.
I definitely plan to interview her again soon in her atelier in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, but for a start let me show some of my favorite masterpieces before they disappear from our City as the exhibition was also quite successful!
I will not bother too much their individual names, but concentrate on my personal opinions and feelings!

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I mentioned her the English saying of insects burning themselves to death on the light of candles, and Kayoko nodded in agreement! Now, who could be those butterflies dangerously fluttering near electric cables?

She explained that this particular exhibition’s purpose was to express her will to enjoy life through our ever-changing modern society of our age.
Her paintings are songs expressing her life in different seasons and places.

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One of her typical contrasts between an intricate creation and a seemingly simple counterpart.

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When i pointed that the shirt was man’s garment she readily agreed but surprised me by revealing that the butterfly was a brooch!

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This contrast between the blue and the yellowish ocher is so Japanese!

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The feather discovered below the tree?

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Now, tea flowers will nly be painted by the Japanese as growers leave some on the tea bushes in Shizuoka Prefecture contrary to tea plantations in the rest of the world!

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Now, this cat has a real story! Kayoko picked it up a few months old on a street where it had been hit by a car! A very healthy animal now!

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We talked a long time about this particular painting!
What would you say of a dragonfly perching on a cup of tea in a very feminine pink environment?

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Fireworks and a lizard! Definitely a summer scene!

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Have these cranes crossed the seas to fly in front of Mount Fuji?

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A favorite of mine! Clear skies after the rain?

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A longed-for letter in the Spring?

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these are real paintings!
I leave it to you for deciding the many interpretations!

Imagawa Kyoko/今川教師子

2004: Graduated from Kyoto university of Art and Design, Nihonga Course with Prize
2006: First exhibition
2008: JAXA Nihonga exhibition, ART Shanghai 2007
2010: Art Fair Tokyo 2010
2011: Shizuoka Railways Calendar [Pieces of seasons]
“Group.Horizon”, Nihonbashi Takashiima Deaprtment Store Exhibition
Solo Exhibition at Tokyo Art Fair, 「influence of Time」, Tokyo Bijyutsu Club, Toubi Museum
Solo Exhibition, 「Unnamed Landscapes」, Ginza Mitsukoshi Department Store
2012: Solo exhibition, 「Spring, Mitsukoshi Museum Art Exhibition」, Hotel New Otani
   「Independent Trip-Shinjyu Hiroshi & Young Artists-10 Artists Exhibition」 Koyoudo Art Museum
Solo Exhibition 「Jyou to Kei」Tokyo Shinjuku isetan Department Store
Awarded Suga Tatehiko Prize
Awarded Prize at Koyoudo Art museum
2013: 「Nihonga on Tosa paper & Ohamatsu Paper exhibition」, Shizuoka Matsuzakaya Department Store
Solo Exhibition {Rain and Sound」, Murata Gallery
Awarded Shoingeijyu Prize
2014: Solo Exhibtion 「Shiki Tsurezore」, Tokyo Ginza Mitsukoshi DepartmentStore
Solo exhibition 「Koukei」, Abe No Arukasu Kintetsu Honten
Solo Exhibitin 「Nagori」, Tokyo Shinjuku Isetan Department Store
2015: Seisei Shinyou Kinko Bank 2015 Calendar, 「Irodori no Ki」
Toubi Art fair, 「sono Hira Yamgawa」Exhibition at Tokyo Bijutsu Club, Toubi Museum
2016: Solo exhibition 「Dai Ikkai Imagawa Kyoko Nihonga」, Shizuoka matsuzakaya Department Store

424-0886 Shizuoka City, shimizu Ku, Kusanagai, 1140-45
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Bestiary at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City!

Shinto shrines in Japan, especially the big ones, are hosts to a whole menagerie or bestiary, that is “animals” which are supposed to symbolize or protect the cult abode.
In Shizuoka City, the large Sengen Shrine is a good place to look for them!
Let me show some of them. There are plenty more, but they will be for you to discover!

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“Shishi/Lions” with an unusual “oni/goblin”!

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A “tora/tiger”!

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Another tiger!

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“Hoo/Phoenix”!

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A “kirin/dragon horse”!

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“Koi/carps”!

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“Baku/nightmare eaters”!

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And a “Tastu/dragon”!

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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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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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Wall Painting: Food & Tourism on Water Tank in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

The other day I was cycling along a street parallel to the Miho Beach in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, when I espied this unusual water tank!

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It stood practically in the middle of a small farm!
Interesting way to advertise Shimizu Ku.
Actually the area is quite remarkable for quite a few similar sights!

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I knew that Shimizu was noted for its strawberries and oranges, but I didn’t know about roses!

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Cucumbers and the local JA?Japan Agriculture Office, which is probably advertising itself!

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Tomatoes and edamame!
The very farm it stood by grew edamame!

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The well-maintained stairway is proof enough that it is still used for ts original purpose!

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 34: Along the Miho Beach, Shimizu ku, Shizuoka City!

I have already mentioned manhole cob\evrs in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
This is a very large area indeed and it tends to mix all kinds of covers since it was merged with Shizuoka City.
But if like me yesterday you happened to cycle along the Miho Beach, especially along the parallel streets running through urban parts you will find them concentrated in large numbers!

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I will describe them in the order I found them!
two together there!

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A cover belonging to Shimizu City before it was merged!
This type is for river water collection.
There is another type with the same design!

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Another Shimzsu City type with azaleas dating back before the merger!
Actually all do in that particular area!

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Typical rectangular fire hydrant access cover!

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An unusual double cover with the Miho beach design for rain water!

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Those two different fire hydrant access covers are typical of Shimizu City!

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The second type with the Miho Beach design for rain water!

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A geometrical design sewer cover with the Shimizu City symbol in its center!

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Another geometrical design for rain water collection!

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Pressurized air access!

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Another geometrical motif sewer cover!

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Shimizu is soccer land!
A medium-sized orange valve access!

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The same, smaller and blue!

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A fairly complicated cover which could be opened in many ways!

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The most famous fire Hhdrant cover in Shimizu with soccer players!

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Houtaiji Temple in Shizuoka City: Unusual Sights

As an agnostic I avoid the subject of religion as much as I can.
But that does not prevent me to consider the historical and cultural side of it as long as it has to offer interesting photography!

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Just I walked past Houtai Temple/宝泰寺 founded in 1381 in the name of Houtaizen temple, I noticed the side portal open. I decided to take a peek!

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I was first tempted to take photographs of the garden, but I noticed some strange/unusual statues!

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There were a lot of small statues in pairs, so they must be all symbolic.
A child preventing his “mount” to see?

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Disappearing into eternity or going back to it?

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Now, what is that dachshund doing here?

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A fetus position and a stretching position?

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Shaking Hands?

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Wishing to become a teddy bear!

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Shyness?

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Worry?

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This is quite unusual for a Buddhist temple and more readily found in Shinto Shrines: Tokugawa ieaysu’s Crest!

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A goblin on the roof/

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Dragons?

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Even tiny ones?

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Sights at Hamana Lake Flower Garden in Hamamatsu City!

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

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A chair for a city-dwelling elf?

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Or a bench!

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A wedding dress made of succulents for an elf queen?

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And she will march to the music of no less than three piano made of succulents, too!

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The third piano played by an invisible pixie!

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And a grand Moa’i will preside the festivities!

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And a white Dragon is waiting to take her on her nuptial voyage!

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Fare thee well!

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

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

Open until June 15th

Hamamatsu City, Nishi Ku, Murakoshi Cho, 5348-3
Tel.: 53-488-1811
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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!
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Objets d’Art/Art Objects at Hamana Lake Flower Garden!

We spent no less than 4 hours inside the enormous Flower Garden in Hamamatsu city and took more than 180 picture!
I am not going to complete as this allows me to write a series of articles on different themes!
This first one is titled Objets d’Art/Art Objects!

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Bamboo grove hand-held fireworks!

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Leaf head!

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Farm rabbits!

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Hairy scarecrow!

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Farming scarecrow!

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Smiling water spout!

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Happy couple!

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Looking after a little pear!

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Happy little one!

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Leafy head face!

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Outdoors beer hall!

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Pigeon perch!

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Water taps!

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Barrel cascade!

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Fishy bench!

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Piecemeal alligator!

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Space fighter!

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Witch easy rider!

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Heavy metal flowers!

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Beware that cat!

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Red lovers bench!

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Tree cloth fantasy!

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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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Mangazan Koji in Ieyama, Shimada City: The Only Temple in Japan Dedicated to Human Feet!

If you have the opportunity to get off one of the Oigaway Ralway Line trains in Ieyama, Hon Kawane, Shimada City, you will find a great oddity a few minutes walk from the walk from the Station!

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Mangazan Kouji Temple!
It actually, like many similar places in Japan combines both Buddhism adn Shinto as both temple and shrine were built on the same spot!
This particular Temple was built in 1346, around 650 years ago !

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This is the sole Buddhist Temple in Japan consecrated to the health of human feet!
But there is more to see there than this particular concern of the human atanomy!

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Beware that guardian!

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His companion is not be taken lightly either!

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The lion guardians had something unusual about them!

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It is the first time I find such lions with a mouth painted red!

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Incidentally, such lion guardians bear a diffrent “grin”!

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The temple also has a real Kyudou/Japanese archery shooting range at the back!

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With all the water rushing down the mountain, rain or no rain, this is a very clean place!

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The Buddhist bell!

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Centenarian cedar trees everywhere!

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For such a little place the way out is grandiose!

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In search of Japanese history and culture!

Expect more soon!

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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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Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 15: Ieyama, Shimada City!

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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i discovered this small but well-preserved kura in Ieyama, a famous small hot spring resort along the Oigawa Railway Line in Shmada City.
It belongs to the Suzuki Family who had a sake brewery called Suzuki Brewery there until 1940 until they had to close it due to WWII. They never resumed the brewing of sake but they kept the kura all the time.

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It still has a “namako” design on its lower hall.
It is basically empty now, but the owners keep it into good repair!

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The wall facing the road had to be protected with corrugated iron though.
But the windows are nicely up-kept!

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I wonder if you could open a cafe inside!

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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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Cherry Blossoms-Mizuochi Police Box, Aoi Ku, ShIzuoka City!

“Of all places!”, you might say and I tend to agree as the occupants of MIzuochi Police Box in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, are famously hopeless in a city where’s crime is almost inexistent and where the police is reduced to lurk on bicycles behind large signs to catch traffic offenders!

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I didn’t include the police box in my pictures lest its denizens use it as a proof of my malfeasance!

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The Mizuochi Police Box is located at the corner of Kitakaido Street and the Eastern Wall of Sumpu Castle Park.
There you can admire the wall and part of its moat.

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It is a great spot right now for cherry blossoms visewing, although it will last only a few days especially with rain forecast tomorrow!

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The trees are perched on top of the wall and cascade down to the moat!

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Good (not like me!) photographers should be able to avoid modern distractions and achieve great results!

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Little gems!

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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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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 33: Kanbara, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Kanbara, located between Yui and Shin kambara in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, was merged into Shizuoka City on March 1st, 2006, but Shimizu City became part of Shizuoka City as Shimizu Ku on April 1st, 2004.
On the other hand Yui merged with Shimizu Ku into Shizuoka City only on November 1st, 2008 with some confusing results when it comes to manhole covers!
Soon or later, especially after I have covered Shin Kanbara, I will have to to publish a compilation of only the truly decorated manhole covers in the whole of Shizuoka City, and that is mor than 2 dozens of them!

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This is the most representative fire hydrant manhole cover of Kanabara. Even though, the crest is that of Yui, but the mark/first kanji/蒲 of Kanbara is included!

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It is often found together with a water valve pit!

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This pattern exists elsewhere but it is inscribed with “Kanbara Town”!

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A quite ancient manhole cover over a fire cistern!

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A valve pit with the Kanbara mark!

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A larger valve pit with the Kanbara mark!

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A valve pit in blue instead of orange with measures inverted and the Kanbara Mark!

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The same but with the measurements “properly” set!

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This pressurized air valve pit, being quite a common type could be well a national type!

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It is also often found together with a previous water valve pit!

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Very ancient Kanbara Water duct cover!

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This beautiful fire hydrant cover is actually a Shizuoka City item, therefore quite recent!

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This cover reflects the confusion. It is a soccer fire hydrant manhole cover from Shimizu City before it was merged into Shizuoka City, which could have been set either before or after the merger!

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This water valve pit being very recent it tends to prove that the Shimizu City covers were later used in Shimizu Ku which includes Kanbara Town as it was called before the merger!

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The same with different measures!

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The same again with still different measures!

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This type of water valve pit can be found elsewhere!

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A newly discovered foundry company!

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Hayakawa Foundry!

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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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Cherry Blossoms At Last Blooming in Shizuoka City!

The cherry blossoms are at last beginning to bloom, at least some varieties, in Shizuoka City!

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As far I can figure out at least two varieties are blooming, although it could be the same one!

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These can be found in the vicinity of Sumpu Castle in Shzuoka City, although the variety grown over the ramparts are different and out yet!

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the weather has been and is still pretty bad this month and the blooming is definitely late compared to last year!
It is actually a blessing in disguise as the Shizuoka City Festival will take place next week!
last year the cherry blossoms had disappeared by then!

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This particular variety is near its end though!

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Walking around the mount you will discover some real old trees on the “city side” of the street!

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It does make for some interesting photography!

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That tree must have seen quite a few eras pass by!

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Not only photographing them but drawing them seems to be quite popular!

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Depending on the sun exposure some have opened over the ramparts!

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My favorite one for the day!

Incidentally, did you know that all the cherry trees offered by Japan to the United States during the Meiji Era originated from one single tree in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City?

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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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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 32: Kanaya, Shimada City!

Decorated manhole covers all seem to be those of fire hydrants in Kanaya Cho in Shimada City, although there is a big oddity!

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Big red fire truck. This design can be found in many cites in side and outside Shizuoka Prefecture although the “city crest” will be different!

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This must a fairly recent cover as the crest is that of Shimada City to which Kanaya was recently merged!

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Same with a slight difference!

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Space was cut to accommodate measurement information!

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Interestingly enough this one was donated by the City of Ise in Mie Prefecture!

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A specail pattern found in other cities, although rare. With a local central motif, althogh apparently not of Kanaya nor of Shimada City!

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A common fire hydrant type with the Kanaya Crest!

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A more ancient variety with a single “handle”!

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Another ancient type found elsewhere but with the Kanaya Crest!

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The same, double, but with “water” mark!

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A very old one, unspecified but very probably a fir hydrant, with “Kanaya Vilage” inscribed long before the merging with Shimada City!

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Water valve pit with the Kanaya Crest!

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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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