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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

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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!
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-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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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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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

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

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1st Shizuoka Seeds & Seedlings Exchange Meet in Shizuoka City!-大1回静岡種苗交換会!

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The ist Shizuoka Seeds Exhange Meet was held on Sunday February 9th by farmers from all over the Prefecture under the leadership of a young farmer named Fumitaka Yamaguchi.
Attendants included not only farmers, but also guests interested in farming in general, in seeds exchange and willing to get a better understanding of farming.

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Although the meeting started at 11:30, the meeting room at the Shizuoka Waork Insurance Building was already half full by 11:00!

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Plenty of seeds and products were exhibited for a general view before the actual exchange during the second part of the meeting!

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And more!

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Specialized books were also on sale as well as plenty of information brochures for free!

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Organic carrots!

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Egg plants and okra grown for seeds!

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More seeds!

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A very smooth organization!

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Many varieties of organic rice!

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Organic sugar cane cultivated in Shizuoka City!
Did you know that these pieces of sugar cane are used as “seeds”?

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Fumitaka Yamaguchi welcoming all and explaining the schedule of the Meet!

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First we were shown a long film on the dangers of Gene Modified grains, seeds , vegetables, fruit and plants in general in the States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Africa!
A real eye-opener. Frightening, actually!

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The second part consisted of a very good discussion with Chef Kenya Yoshimura, Farmer Mitsuharau Ishigami and organic food trader Mika Itoh.
The main topics were about the work of producing one’s own seeds, the protection of native plants, the safety and traceability of food and the future of farming!
I’m really looking forward to the next Meet as there is a real need for such exchange and so many issues to discuss!

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Organic potatoes!

The third part was entirely

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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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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 24: Yoshiwara (now merged to Fuji City)

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kaguyahime/The Bamboo Cutter Daughter, considered by many as the most beautiful manhole cover in Japan!

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The same. It is framed in yellow on the road to help firement find it at night as this is a fire hydrant manhole cover.
It is located in the middle of a narrow street at the bottom of Bishamonten Myoyouji Temple.
Apparently there is only one sample!
It was made when before Yoshiwara was merged with Fuji City as demonstrated by the crest!

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Mount Fuji water access manhole cover!
This was installed after Yoshiwara was merged with Fuji City!

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The same as above but half size!

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A large Yoshiwara fire hydrant manhole cover!

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Another double Yoshiwara fire hydrant manhole cover of a dufferent design!

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A similar fire hydrant, but single and over a water tank access!

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An older Yoshiwara rectangular fire hydrant manhole cover!

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An old small Yoshiwara valve pit manhole cover!

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Another small Yoshiwara valve pit manhole cover with a totally different design!

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A very old ans small water access Yoshiwara manhole cover!

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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