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The Legend of Hagoromo in Miho Beach Pine Forest, Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City!

The Peninsula of Miho and the Beach of Matsubara have become a World Cultural Heritage in the company of Mount Fuji in recent times.
And the very Matsubara beach with all its pine trees as it name indicates is the home of a very ancient and famous legend all over Japan: The Legend of Hagoromo!

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If you are not one of the visitors coming in one local bus or a crowded tourist coach take the time to enter the forest past the big shinto torii gate and walk along a wooden path!

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The monument marking the entrance of the “Path of the Gods”!

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Take your time and take a rest if need be!

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The whole path is lined with venerable pine trees!

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The place and its legend was already mentioned in the “Wagasode Journal” written in 1899!

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Naturally the Legend of Hagoromo is also explained on the same type of traditional Japanese announcement board but I will be able to explain in detail with pictures soon!

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An incredibly shaped pine tree!

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The Legend of Hagoromo 1
“Hagoromo/羽衣” means veil or garment.
One day a local firsherman discovered a veil hanging on a low branch of a pine tree.

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The Legend of Hagoromo 2
Just as the fisherman was going awa with the evil a lady deity appeared and told him it was her veil and to give it back to her.

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The Legend of Hagoromo 3
The fisherman asked for a dance in exchange for her treasure without which she wouldn’t be able to go back to heaven.

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The Legend of Hagoromo 4
Playing on her lute she performed the dance of the Moon.

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But after the fisherman returned her veil she disappeared in the sky!

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You will find a Hagoromo Hotel by the entrance of the pine Forest!

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Naturally the hotel has a statue commemorating the legend!

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There are also bilingual boards at the entrance of the pine forest!

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Every year a Traditional Noh Theater play is performed inside the forest to relate the legend of the Celesial maiden and her veil.

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Very good English explanations!

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The legend says that the pine tree is 650 years old!

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the very tree and its low branch!

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More information but only in Japanese!

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The Matsubara Pine Tree Forest!

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The Noh play takes place there!

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Don’t worry, there are plenty of shops for food and refreshements and facilities!

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Visitors come from all over Japan!

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The forest has it own minuscule shrine called “Haguruma”!

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Many people of course visit the beach!

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The Suruga Bay!

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During the colder part of the year you can enjoy an incredible view of Mount Fuji, but that will be a report later in the year!

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But it is still too early for the bathing season!

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but of course you may play on the beach as much as you want!

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Hagoromo Legend Statue in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Not far from S-Puls Dream Plaza in Shimizu, Shizuoka City, a new bridge crosses the Tome River.
At bot end you will see a difefrent statue of a deity-like woman!

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The bridge bears the name of Hagoromo Bridge/はごろもはし!

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it was completed in March 1993!

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As for the second statue, it is magnificent. It is a pity that the background is somewhat ugly!
But I deserves many pictures!

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now, what is the story/legend of Hagoromo?

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Hagoromo or 羽衣 means “Winged Veil”.
The 1200 year-old legend has many versions.
As for our local version, which is the most famous in Japan, it happened on the beach of matsubara in Miho, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
The deity/天女/”Tenjyo” lights down on the beach in the shape of bird. She turns into a human woman leaving her wings in the shape of a veil while she bathes in the sea.
An old man espies her and hides her veil lest she disappears again.
The deity who cannot fly back to heavens marries the old man and gives him a son to please him.
The old man takes pity on her and gives her back her veil that the deity puts to fly back to heavens.

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Naturally the last line of the legend is where it varies from region to region!
Every year a Noh Dance is enacted on the beach of Matsubara to relate the legend!

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Do walk along the bridge.
Th e statues are not that big but they are beautiful!

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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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