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Street Tourism Art in Kanaya, Shimada City!

Wherever you go in Japan, and Shizuoka Prefecture for that matter, there are plenty of signs, tiles, sculptures, billboards, and other artifacts promoting local tourism with real art!

Kansya, for all its small size does the same!
For example they ave some pavement tiles near the JR Station!

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“Village Tree: Tea Tree”!

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“Village Natural Flower: Katakuri Lily”!

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“Village Flower: Tsutsuji/Azalea”!

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You will find this wrought iron sculpture on a small bridge describing the old paved road that crossed the countryside in Edo Times!

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The pottery mural depicting the Kanaya Tea Festival!

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And even some quaint ukiyo-e on bus stop signs!

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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

Japanese Wood Block Prints on Bus Stop Signs in Kanaya, Shimada City!

There is one very special bus line in Kanaya, Shimada City, called “Yume kaikan Tsukuri Kaikan/夢つくり会館/Dream Making Hall” leading from Kanaya JR Station to the aforementioned Hall.
I did walk long enough to go past 5 of their stops. You will have to walk a bit (lot) farther to see all the bus stop signs as there are 22~23 stops in all!
Mind you, next time, I might be tempted
Here at least the first five!

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Kanaya JR Station bus stop!

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“Oohashi Fudousen No Goan”! A famous ancient trek post by a bridge!

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Tamachi stop!

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“Kugi ni Utareta Yamaori no Hanashi/Tale of the gecko hit by a nail”!

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Moto machi bus stop!

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“Cha A no Tsubome/Tea House Story”! Also the name of a shochu brewed by Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu City!

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Miyazaki machi stop!

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“Nishiaribokuzanshi no Koto/Story of Nishiari Monk”!

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Sansu Machi stop!

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“Kawagoenin Sokusajiemon/The story of Sokusajiemon the River Crossing Porter”!

have good fun with the other bus stop signs!

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Must-see tasting websites:

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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Pavement Tourism Art in Yokohama City!

Pavements in Yokohama City, especially in the vicinity of Minatomirai are decorated with all kinds of tiles and plaques to attract passers-by’s eyes and and entice them to the many sights, views, shops, events and places in town!
Just follow the collection below and you will probably end taking photographs, too!

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Sign at the entrance of Kaiko Promenade overhead street!

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Harbor Opening Commemoration Promenade!

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The same but smaller can be found everywhere!

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Here and there you will find groups of tiles numbering 4,….

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8,….

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8 again,…

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8 more again,….

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9,….

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9 again,…

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And even 24 tiles! With directions!

Now, let’s find them individually!

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Park and harbor!

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Letter writing sailor having a smoke!

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Horse-drawn cart!

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Rose!

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Ship!

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Ancient building!

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Ship and tower!

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Another ancient building!

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Horse-drawn kid cart!

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Towers!

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A Japanese Lord overlooking the harbor!

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Bubble sights!

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Rikisha!

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Cruise ship!

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Pink house ship!

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Sailors’ cemetery and lighthouse!

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An old style Japanese pass!

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Sailor with telescope!

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Moored ships!

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Ancient bicycle and balloons!

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Oil lamp!

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Cycling lady!

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Lighthouse, fish and mermaid!

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Black ship!

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Lighthouse!

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Street car!

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19th Century gentry!

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Junk!

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Double horse-drawn cart!

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The same in pink!

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Street lamps!

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Another combination of 4 tiles!

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Lighthouse in blue this time!

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19th Century gentry in dark blue instead of grey!

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Team boat!

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Ball-playing Chinese girl!

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Craftmanship Street in Motomachi!

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Same again but in a different style!

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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

Pavement Tourism Signs in Shizuoka Prefecture 3

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Discovered on the pavement of the Oda River in Fukuroi City!

Cities in Shizuoka, and I’m sure in many cities in Japan have an interesting, artful and subtle way to advertise their tourism as well as to introduce their many symbols: pavement signs!
I can guarantee you it could develop into another urban art photography album!

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A very useful sign for tourists in Iwata City!

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Dragonflies are the symbols of Iwata City!

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Shrine and temple in Iwata City!

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Wild duck!

the city of Iwata is trying hard to make people conscious of their natural environment!

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Dragonflies!

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Flowers! For once I wonder which one?

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Fruit-bearing trees! I wonder which one again!

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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

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 29: Hamamatsu City

This is basically the second part of manhole covers found in Hamamatsu City!
This a big city, actually the largest in area in Japan, so one can expect a mind-bogling variety of them, and I haven’t visited all the villages and towns merged into Hamamatsu City yet!

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Fire hydrant found south of the JR Station. Probably one of the very first decorated manhole covers in the City!

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Another old fire hydrant cover found just in front of the Fire Station!

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The same as above!

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Water access but related to the gas company?

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Spent water flow regulating manhole cover. Note the Hamamatsu City symbol in the center!

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Sewer manhole Cover.

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Similar as above but with holes if the “circles” and no extra mention of the sewerage!

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A far older rain water manhole cover fabricated by Kaneso Foundry!

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A water access manhole cover by Hinode Foundry!

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Another ancient sewer manhole cover type!

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A private sewer manhole cover!

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A modern type trying hard to blend in the its environment!

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Same again!

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And again!

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And again!

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A traffic lights machinery access manhole cover!

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A very large unmarked, probably sewer. manhole cover!

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Another different modern sewer manhole cover type!

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Similar to above but for rain waters!

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The same as above but the blending with its environment is off!

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A large double valve pit!

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A small electricity control access manhole cover!

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Unusual gas valve pit!

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Water valve pit!

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A very old sewer manhole cover!

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A different valve pit!

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An old gas company pressurized water access valve pit!

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Another old valve pit!

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Another gas valve pit!

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A private valve pit?

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An old medium size valve pit!

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Another old valve pit type!

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Large Chubu Electric Company manhole cover!

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A large municipal manhole cover!

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An ancient fire Hydrant manhole cover!

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Another large fire hydrant manhole cover type!

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A tiny valve pit!

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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

Wall Paintings in FuKuroi City!

I was walking along the Oida River in Fukuroi City in search of sights when I espied these seemingly old paintings along the bank shoring!
Technically not a wall, these large concrete shoring had been obviously painted for some kind of city promotion.
I decide to have a closer look!

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If I remember well these blue drawings are Mount Fuji mascots used all over the Prefecture!

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I wonder why one is smiling and the others not.
What could have been the message?

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now, I know that the owl, “fukuro” is the unofficial bird of Fukuroi City because of the almost identical pronunciation, although the kanji characters are completely unrelated!

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my impression is that these painting date back to when the Soccer World Cup came to Japan as the drawing celebrates Ecopa Stadium which was used for the World Cup in Fukuroi City!

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Oranges, of which Shizuoka Prefecture is the biggest producer in Japan and an owl again!

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Basket ball? At the time the Japanese Professional didn’t exist yet…

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Pity that the years and water have made it difficult to discern from far away!

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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

Postage Stamps Bus in Iwata City?

Buses are not decorated for advertisement only in Shizuoka but more or less everywhere!
I found this private bus in Iwata City the other day!
Tourist spots it was advertising looked very much like stamps!

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It was even promoting local products in one instance!

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I couldn’t figure out what animal that mascot represented but it is called “Shippei”!

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But one thing is sure: this bus company is based in Iwata City as it sported its emblem, dragonflies!

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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

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 27: Fire Hydrant Covers! (消火栓のマンホール) Part 2 (Abstract Symbols))

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Splendid arrow motif in Kusanagai, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City! (credit: Atsuko Kurata)

Fire hydrant manhole covers, or more precisely manhole covers over water and water Tanks accesses for firemne were among the first to be decorated by municipalities with other water access manhole covers and come in three distinct kinds of motifs, either round or rectangular:
1) Fire trucks, firemen and Firefighter’ symbols
2) Regional symbols
3) Abstract symbols

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More arrows with blue and yellow backgrounds in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Can you distinguish the sakura ebi/cherry shrimp in the middle of this manhole cover in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City?

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Found in Kambara, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Similar in design but less intricate in Shizuoka City!

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An old type in Ryuuyoo now merged into Iwata City!

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Yoshiwara in Fuji City has at least 3 varieties on that design! Check the central motifs!

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2nd variety in Yoshiwar, Fuji City!

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3rd variety in Yoshiwara, Fuji City! Double manhole cover!

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Similar typpe, but in Fujinomiya City!

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A smaller one in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, but use clearly indicated by yellow paint circle!

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Rectangular fire hydrant manhole covers are also quite common but a second look will tell you soon enough that there are many differences in general motifs and city crests!
Found in Shizuoka City!

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Shizuoka City!

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An ancient one in Shimada City!

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A smaller ancient one in Kikugawa City!

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A manhole cover easy to find at night in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Found in Okabe, now merged into Fujieda City!

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Found in Kikugawa City, but still bearing “Kikugawa Cho” as it was called before being upgraded to city level!

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There are also quite a few types in Kakegawa City which saw so many vilages merged into the city!

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Similar as above but smaller in Kakegawa City!

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A different type in Kakegawa City!

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Still a different type in Kakegawa City, but far more ancient!

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Found in Atami City, although it is a type found elsewhere!

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Such rectangular manhole covers cut with a diagonal line are not very common and might denotate a different foundry!
Found in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Found in Shizuoka City!

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Found in Fujieda 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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 26: Fire Hydrant Covers! (消火栓のマンホール) Part 1 (Firefighting & Regional symbols))

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Fire Truck in Hamamatsu City!

Fire hydrant manhole covers, or more precisely manhole covers over water and water Tanks accesses for firemne were among the first to be decorated by municipalities with other water access manhole covers and come in three distinct kinds of motifs, either round or rectangular:
1) Fire trucks, firemen and Firefighter’ symbols
2) Regional symbols
3) Abstract symbols

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Fire truck in Yaizu City!

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Fire truck and fire fighter in Mikkabi, Hamamatsu City!

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Fire truck in Iwata City!

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Fire truck and fire fighter in Hamamatsu City!

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Fire fighter in Tenryuu, Hamamatsu City!

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Fire truck and fire fighter in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Fire truck and fire fighter in Shizuoka City!

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Fire Brigade Festival Hapi/jacket in Yaizu City!

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fire brigade festival pole in Shizuoka City!

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Fire brigade triple festival pole in Mariko, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Fire brigade festival pole in Itoh City!

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Fire brigade festival pole in Higashi Izu Cho!

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Kaguyahime (The bamboo Cutter’s Daughter Legend) and Mount Fuji in Yoshiwara, Fuji City!
Arguably the most beautiful manhole cover in Japan!

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400th Anniversary of Sumpu Castle in Shizuoka City, with Abe River and Mount Fuji!
A rare dated (2007) manhole cover in Japan!

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Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimp and Mount Fuji in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Cherry blossoms, wisteria blossoms and mejiro warbler in Fujieda City!

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Soccer in Shimizu ku, Shizuoka City!

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Soccer again 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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 25: Mount Fuji Manhole Covers! (富士山のマンホール)

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The mint Manhole Cover in Shimizu City before it was merged in Shizuoka City depicting the World Cultural Heritage of Mount Fuji and Miho Matsubara Beach!

Mount Fuji is partly in Shizuoka Prefecture as many in Yamanashi Prefecture will rightly if somewhat insistently point out, but we also have the Miho Matsubara beach which is included in the World Cultural Heritage!
Mind you, I will be extremely happy to add Mount Fuji manhole covers from Yamanashi prefecture anytime if someone is kind enough to send them to me!
As for people who think that Mount Fuji lies in Kanagawa Prefecture or Tokyo, I’m sorry to disappoint them although they also have the cahnce to see it on bright days!

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The same found in Sodeshi, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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The same but for rain waters instead of river waters without the colors!

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The same as above but with “Shizuoka City” instead of “Shimizu City”!

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Found in many places in Shizuoka City!
A rarity in a sense as it is dated in “2007”!

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Also found a bit everywhere in Shizuoka City!

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Found in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!
Note the sakura ebi design for which Yui is nationally known!

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The same as above in blue!

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A beautiful mint manhole cover for Fuji City, a city named after Mount Fuji!

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The same design but in different colors!

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The same without the colors!

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The same again, but half size!

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The same as a mint manhole cover but in different design and colors!

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Arguably the most beautiful manhole cover in Japan found in Yaoshiwara, Fuji City, depicting Kaguyahime of the Legend, The Bamboo Cutter’s daughter!

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A beautiful mint manhole cover in Fujieda City!
Although the City includes “Fuji/藤”, it means “Wisteria”, not “Mount Fuji/富士”!

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The same as found on a pavement in Fujieda city!

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Another mint of the same but in different colors!

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the same as found on a pavement in Fujieda City!

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Found in Gotemba City!

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Beautiful mint in Shimizu Cho at the foot of Mount Fuji!
Not to be confused with Shimizu Ku in Shizuoka City!

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Found in Nirayama merged with Izu no Kuni City!
Famous for the Hansharou Foundries and strawberries!

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Beautiful mint manhole cover for Yaizu City, a fishing port city known all over Japan!

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The same as found on a pavement in yaizu City!

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The same without the colors!

Still looking!

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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 10

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Partly stone-built kura in Yoshiwara, Fuji 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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This very old kura I discovered along the street leading to Bishamonten Myouhouji Shrine/Temple in Yoshiwara, Fuji City, has the particularity to have walls covered with chiseled stone slabs, an unusual occurence in our Prefecture!

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Although the iron window and door curtains are very old it is still used as demonstrated by the recent water drain pipes!

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Another unusual feature: a very small window not leading to the actual inside of the kura but into its foundation!

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Looking at it from the side it is practically double-walled.
Very solid, indeed!

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I discovered this small-sized cocncrete block kura south of Yaizu City JR Station!

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It certainly looks old but the concrete blocks would denote its date just after WWII!

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It is still used as a warehouse. After all Yaizu City is a trading and fishing port 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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Guiness World Record: Kappa Collection at Tach-chan’s Kappa Museum in Yaizu City!

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We do hold quite a few records in Shizuoka Prefecture but in Yaizu City one can discover a most unusual world record: The biggest collection of Kappa in the World!
First of all, For more information on Kappa/河童, read HERE!
At the time Mr. Tatsuo Kitano/北野龍雄さん got official recognition as a Guinness World Record he had already collected no less than 7,000 items, but after more than 50 years spent chasing them he has accumulated more than 10,000 of them, all exhibited in one single place!

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Mr. Kitano had this house built for the sole purpose of housing his collection!

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Guinness record!

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there are crowds of them having fun in the water or welcoming you!

This was my first visit but writing abut 10,000 kappa in a single report being impossible I will have to go there on a regular basis for quite some time!
This time is only an introduction!

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Welcome!

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There is even a mock kappa temple/shrine and cemetery!

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Kappa under blossoming plum trees!

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A real Kappa post box!

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A more solemn welcome!

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The two floors are filled to capacity down to the entrance lobby!
Mr. Kitano or his wife will be there to welcome you and introduce everything all during your visit!

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Kappa hapi/festival jackets!

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Mr. Kitano has been recognized by all kappa to be one of them!

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The official recognition as a Guinness World Record!

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Kappa wearing a scallop shell as their cap from Iwate prefecture, supposedly the birthplace of the Kappa!

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A bear-like kappa from Hokkaido!

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Ladies soccer match between Japanese and American Kappa!

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Note their head caps!

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kappa playing baseball under the watchful eyes of their Goddess!

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Kappa Philarmonic Band!

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In this river scene the human baby is Mr. Kitano who affirms he is one of the few humans having seen real kappa!

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Apparently Kappa in Kyushu are well-endowed!

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Rural fun-loving kappa!

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Dragon-riding kappa!
Actually “Dragon” is half of Mr. Kitano’s forename!

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kappa drawings collection!

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Kappa at soba satnd!

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kappa playing with a “Tach-chan kite in front of Mount Fuji!

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Flower-viewing party in front of Mount Fuji!
Remember that sake is the Kappa’s favorite drink!

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kappa family’s picnic near Mount Fuji under the cherry blossoms!

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Apparently all these lady kappa are trying to force their way into a park where a single male kappa is fishing!

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Cute kappa girls!

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Kappa trophies from Taipei, Taiwan!

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Rewards and letters from friends and fans!

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The upper floor!

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A Kappa painted by an American artist!

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American Kappa?

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Kappa fan collection!

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A donated sign for the museum!

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Painting by a very famous Japanese artist!

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Dangerous Kappa!

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Kappa procession!

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Modern Kappa ladies?

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Kappa dance!

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Cute kappa girl!

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Kappa stories!

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kappa befriending animals!

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Kappa masks!

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Kappa portable phone pendants!

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kappa ladies at a hot spring!

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kappa playing with an eel!

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This beautiful lady has lost her soul and become a kappa!

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Beautiful Kappa Ladies!

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A lady Kappa as I like them! LOL

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Dragon-flying Kappa!

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Kappa trying to look after cranes and explain the situation to an unhappy carp!

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Another grand Kappa flying a Dragon!

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A colorful Kappa Family!

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The serious business that is to all Kappa: Sake or shochu drinking!

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These kappas can be found hiding in an izakaya!

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Kappa sake bottles!

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Kappa One Sake Cups!

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Kappa imbibing with fellow monsters!
Can you spot it?

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here he is!

Should be going back there soon!

TACH-CHAN’S KAPPA MUSEUM/龍ちゃんのカッパ館

Shizuoka Prefecture, Yaizu City, Daibashira, 746-2 (Get off at Nishi yaizu JR Station South Exit and get off the bus at Dai bashira Stop/大住バス停
静岡県焼津市大住746-2
Tel.: 054-629-7171
Opening hours: 10:00~17:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Entrance fee: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for children
Call in advance if you are a big group!
Ring at entrance to be let in first!
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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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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Traditional Japanese Houses: Shimizu Bank Branch in Kakegawa City!

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In Kakegawa City on the way to the Kakegawa Castle you will discover and old traditional house with some interesting story!

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On a bright day it does provide a great sight for photography!

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All facades will show you a different facet of the architecture!

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Wait for the green light before crossing! LOL

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This is a story which was actually the source for the name of a local sake brand!
Kazutoyo built Kōchi Castle. His life spanned the closing years of the Sengoku period, the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and the beginning of the Edo period.
Just four years after he became Lord of Tosa, Kazutoyo died without issue aged around 60, and was succeeded as Lord of Tosa by his nephew Tadayoshi.
Chiyo, as a wise and beautiful wife, helped her husband Yamauchi Kazutoyo up from an ordinary samurai to the governor of an entire province, Tosa.
In 1590, Lord Yamauchi Kazutoyo 山内 一豊, a great horse lover had been looking for a special mount of his own.
His wife spent untold time and efforts until she found, brought and gave a great horse to her beloved husband.
The story is also the source of the 45th NHK Taiga drama (2006), a dramatization of the life of Kazutoyo, with his wife Chiyo as the central character!

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Lord Kazutoyo and his wife, Chiyo!

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Another facade!

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We are certainly thankful to the Shimizu Bank for preserving such a beautiful traditional Japanese house!

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Even this Shimizu Bank sign is an antique!

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Beautiful latticed windows!

I didn’t have much time on that da, but I’m sure there are a lot more pictures on offer!

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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Steam Locomotive CS 50 96 (December 1929) in Yaizu City!

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If you get off the South Exit of Yaizu JR Station, walk down the steps on you right and walk along the the tracks on your right hand side you are bound to reach a small park where an ancient steam locomotive in perfect state will wait for you!

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This Steam Locomotive and tender were produced in Nagoya in Decemebr 1929!
It was used along the Tokaido Railway Lines until March 1971.
It has stood in Yaizu City since March 1983!
Length: 16m 88cm
Width: 2m 55cm
Weight (empty): 64.4 tons
Weight(when filled with water and coal): 87.4 tons
Top speed: 90 km/h
Pulling strength: 610 h.p.
Steam power: 14kg/square cm

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Front view!

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It has it own railway track platform!

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Side view!

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Beautifully preserved!

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Visitors are allowed to climb into it for better viewing!

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Let’s board it!

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The engine room!

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The furnace!

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The steam locomotive heart!

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The tender!

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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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Weird Japan (44): Ramen-eating Skeleton Restaurant Sign in Yaizu City!

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I knew there was something strange about that restaurant sign board in Yaizu City, even from a distance!

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I understand that some restaurants will go to any length to attract customers, but I don’t understand the logic here!

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