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Railway Stations in Shizuoka Prefecture 3: Yui JR Station and Vicinity

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Some stations, even larger ones, are better left alone, but one should give at least one chance to any you venture to get off as there is always a chance that such a station and its vicinity contain enough helpful information, especially in a touristic spot.

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Yui is such a station along the Tokaido Railway Line about 20 minutes from Shizuoka JR Station in the east direction and found between Okitsu and Kambara Stations.
After all Yui has always been an important stage along the various routes coursing Japan between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto as superbly described in many ukiyo-e/woodblock prints.
So, although the railway station is tiny, keep your eyes open (and don’t forget you can espy Mount Fuji from the overhead tracks bridge!)!

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I know a lot of stations which don’t bother, but you will find a window display of the local products typical of Yui.
Bear in mind that Yui was a city of its own before being recently merged with Shizuoka City and Shimizu Ku!

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Ogura Co. specializes in processed sakura ebi/cherry shrimps and fish!

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Yui Cannery Co. is famous all over Japan for its “White Ship” olive oil tuna cans!

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Inaba Co is another big tuna cannery!

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Kakusa Co specializes in processed fish products, especially dry and liquid fish dashi/soup stock!

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The Yui Cake (Japanese cakes) Association is also featuring their products!

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With all that fish around Yui is home to high end brand of dog and cat food producers!

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Yui is also home of famous kamaboko/steamed fish paste and kuro hanpen/black sardine fish paste cakes, the latter found only in Shizuoka Prefecture as demonstrated by the Yui Kamaboko Makers Association!

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Next time you visit Yui buy some in the many shops along Sakura Ebi Street as an unusual souvenir! Great with sake or beer!

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The small but renown Hiroshige Museum hang their posters inside to inform all-comers of their events!
A must visit in Yui!

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Yui might be small but you will gratified to discover that most signs are bi-lingual (sometimes with funny renditions!)!

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A must take picture: the Sakura Ebi Portal at the the entrance of Sakura Ebi Street!
The contraption was only moved there recently!

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You will find the double Yui Emblem of Sakura Ebi and Mount Fuji everywhere, so keep your eyes open for some interesting shots!

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You will find big signs hung by local establishments but like in any touristic spots big signs do not always guarantee the best of quality. To take with a pinch of salt! After all there is plenty around!

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Past the exit on your right you will find this first map board. Have a look at it even if you do not understand Japanese as more bilingual boards are near!

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It will give you a first idea of what to look for!

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Tokai Nature Trail bilingual board! Take your time to consult it!

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Take good note!

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You must take a look at Village Head Koike’s Mansion on Tokaido (meaning “Village Head/Chief’s Mansion along the Tokaido route. Free entrance) that I will talk about in an article soon to be posted and the Museum of Light, one of the only three lighting (candles and so on) museums in Japan! (entry 500 yen including coffee and an oral and manual demonstration!)!

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The Yui Edo Period Lodging Stations Guide Board!

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Take your time and read it!

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And don’t forget the sakura ebi & Mount Fuji emblems, they are everywhere, even on manhole covers!

FOR MORE REPORTS ON YUI AND SAKURA EBI do consult the following reports:

Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimps: Catching Season Opened in Yui!
Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimps Catching in Yui. Still Hard Work!”
Japanese Crustacean Species 7: Sakura Shrimp-Sakura Ebi-桜海老
O Taiko Festival at Toyosumi Shrine in Yui, Shizuoka City on the New Year!
Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 14: Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 6: Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City with Atsuko Kurata!

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We will have to check this ivy-covered kura again in the summer!

“Kura” (in japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditonal 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.

This posting again features sights by my good friend, Mrs. Atsuko Kurata who is turning into a real detective when she found no less than five of them in her native Shimizu Ku in Shizuoka City!
No wonder as Atsuko’s family name includes the word Kura/倉, the modern form of kura/蔵!

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I certainly wouldn’t mind living there!
It stands in Hon Machi (Main District)

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Another old kura in Minato machi (harbor District)!

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You must remember that Shimizu has had always been and still is a major harbor in Japan.
It may have seen better days as there were enough rich people in need of such warehouses!

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But Atsuko thinks that this particular one might be haunted!

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This particular kura was owned by Yohei Suzuki, the founder of Suzuyo Company, the largest transport company in Shizuoka Prefecture and the owner of Fuji Dream Airline!

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Atsuko also discovered this cute kura in Hon machi!

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The first owner must have been rich as it is a double kura!

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A far view of the roof!

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View of a window with its shutters open!

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The “inner” kura which saw its first floor transformed a long time ago!

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Atsuko also found this brown kura in Hon Machi near Shimizu Municipal Nursery(清水区立清水保育園)!

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The pole sign indicating the address: Hon Machi 11!

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The colors white and brown are the most popular colors as some owners wanted to be noted whereas others did not!

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Even the shutters had been painted brown!

Care to join Atsuko in her search?

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 13: Hamamatsu City After Merger with Surrounding Cities and Towns

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Sewer manhole cover in Maisaka!

Hamamatsu City is the largest city in Shizuoka Prefecture both in area (Number 1 in Japan, too) and population in Shizuoka Prefecture and counts a lot of varieties in manhole covers , especially accounting for towns and cities recently merged!

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Manhole cover in Maisaka, same a s above, but in different colors!

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An unusual rectangular manhole cover in Maisaka over a fire hydrant access!

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A mint sewer manhole cover in Hamakita!

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The same without the colors!

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A mint water access manhole cover in Hamakita!

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the same without the colors!

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Another mint water access manhole cover in Hamakita!

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A beautiful mint manhole cover in Haruno!

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The same without the colors!

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A splendid mint manhole cover in Hosoe with an ancient bell motif!

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The same without the colors!

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A beautiful mint manhole cover in Inasa describing it as the “Greenery and Flowers City”!

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The same without the colors!

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A mint water access manhole cover in Sakuma with the Sakuma Dam!

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The same without the colors!

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A beautiful mint manhole cover in Tenryuu!

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A manhole cover over a fire hydrant in Tenryuu!

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A sewer manhole cover in Yuuto!

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Mount Fuji on Stamps 1: 1922~1934

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There is a very interesting way to know more about Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture (and also Yamanashi Prefecture) by collecting or studying stamps which were issued on this subject inside Japan (there are of course more in the rest of the world)!

There are certainly more than one may think first as the Japanese Post Office printed regular not only commemorative stamps but also regular stamps well before WWII!

Here is an account spanning up to 2004.
Past that year, I’m sure it will be a lot easier to investigate!

Fuji Shika Regular Series (Mount Fuji and Deer Series) 1st Issue, January 1st 1922 (First stage-Old plate)

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4 sen dull yellow green

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8 sen, red

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20 sen, light blue

Fuji Shika Regular Series (Mount Fuji and Deer Series) 2nd Issue, September 1st 1929 (First stage-Old plate)

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4 sen, reddish orange

8 sen, greyish yellow brown ( no picture)

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20 sen, brownish violet

Fuji Shika Regular Series (Mount Fuji and Deer Series) 2nd Issue, March 1st 1930 (First Stage-New plate)

4 sen, reddish orange (no picture)

8 sen, greyish yellow brown (no picture)

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20 sen, dull reddish violet

Fuji Shika Series( Mount Fuji and Deer Series) 2nd Issue, April 1st 1937 (Second Stage-Showa wool paper)

4 sen, dull green (no picture)

20 sen, light blue (no picture)

Fuji Shika Regular Series (Mount Fuji and Deer Series) 2nd Issue, 1937 (Watermarked Showa paper)

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4 sen dull yellow green (May 11th)

8 sen, yellow brown (July 20th) (no picture)

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20 sen light blue (May)

Great Kanto Earthquake Emergency Regular Series (dragonfly, cherry tree and Mount Fuji)
Issued on October 25th 1923. No perforation.

4 rin, grey (no picture)

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1 1/2 sen, dull blue

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2 sen, dull violet

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3 sen, dull red

4sen, dull grey (no picture)

5 sen, dull blue (no picture)

6 sen, dull violet (no picture)

Views Regular Series (Mount Fuji)
Issued on July 5th, 1926. Showa paper. Watermarked

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2 sen, dull green

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2 sen, greyish yellow green

Ashinoko Lake Airmail Series
Issued from 1923 to 1934

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8 1/2 sen, 8 1/2 sen, 16 1/2 sen, 18 sen, 33 sen

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Hiroshige Wood Block Prints for All in Gofuku Cho Street in Shizuoka City! 31~45

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Wood Block Print 31)
Hamamatsu (Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

SYNOPSIS

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese: 歌川 広重), also Andō Hiroshige (Japanese: 安藤 広重; 1797 – 12 October 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition.
Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō.

Although you can see all 53 wood block prints at the Hiroshige Museum in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, did you know you can see 45 (at the final check today!) of them daily if you walk along Gofuku Cho Street?

I’m preparing a total compilation of the ukiyo-e only, including the ones missing, that is a total of 53+2= 57!

Before I proceed with the last ukiyo-e of this series I want to show you a few more pictures of art works created with them!

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Gofuku Cho Street Sign at the entrance of Gofuku Cho Street!

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Double bar bench?

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Geisha’s Face!

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Geisha and Suitor’s faces!

Alright, let’s proceed to the pedestals and wood block prints!

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Pedestal 31)
Geisha in the Wind!

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Pedestal 32)
Traveling Porter!

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Wood Block Print 32)
27th Station: Fukuroi (Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 33)
Traveling Mother and Child!

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Wood Block Print 33)
25th Station: Nissaka (presently in Kakekagawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 34)
Shamisen-Playing Geisha!

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Wood Block Print 34)
23rd Station: Shimada (Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 35)
Mother Carrying Child on her Back!

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Wood Block Print 35)
21st Station: Okabe (presently in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 36)
Mother Carrying her Son on her Back!

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Wood Block Print 36)
19th Station: Fuchu (presently Shizuoka City)!

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Pedestal 37)
Two-Sword Samurai in the Wind!

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Wood Block Print 37)
17th Station: Okitsu (presently in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City)!

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Pedestal 38)
Housewife!

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Wood Block Print 38)
10th Station: Hakone (Hakone, Kanagawa prefecture)!

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Pedestal 39)
Farmer’s Wife Carrying Produce on her Head and Son on her back!

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Wood Block Print 39)
5th Station: Totsuka (presently Totsuka Ku, Yokohamam City, Kanagawa Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 40)
Porter!

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Wood Block Print 40)
2nd Station: Kawasaki (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 41)
Resting Mother and Two Children!

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Wood Block Print 41)
Not a Station but the starting point at Nihonbashi, The Bridge o Japan in Edo (presently Tokyo)!

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Pedestal 42)
Young Girl with Umbrella!

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Wood Block Print 42)
1st Station: Shinagawa (presently in Tokyo)!

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Pedestal 43)
Horse Rider!

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Wood Block Print 43)
4th Station: Hodogaya (presently Hodogaya Ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 44)
Mother Carrying Child on her Back under Unbrella!

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Wood Block Print 44)
6th Station: Fujisawa (Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 45)
Mother and Grandmother Playing with Child!

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Wood Block Print 45)
11th Station: Mishiima (Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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-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

Hiroshige Wood Block Prints for All in Gofuku Cho Street in Shizuoka City! 21~30

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Wood Block Print 21)
Sanjo Bridge at Keishi (Kyoto). Not a station but the end of the Tokaido Trail!

SYNOPSIS

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese: 歌川 広重), also Andō Hiroshige (Japanese: 安藤 広重; 1797 – 12 October 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition.
Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō.

Although you can see all 53 wood block prints at the Hiroshige Museum in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, did you know you can see 47 (at the last double check yesterday!) of them daily if you walk along Gofuku Cho Street?

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Pedstal 219
Soap Bubble Playing Boy!

Actually, these ukiyo-e/Wood Block Prints by Hiroshige is only part of a whole city decoration concept including statues and benches made of similar material with Edo period “Characters”. I found more for your interest yesterday!

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Monocycle?

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“Wa”!
In Japan a full circle also means “peace” or “harmony”!

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Thinking about it again the ring is probably supposed to roll along that contraption!

Alright, let’s go back again to the prints!

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Pedestal 22)
Old Lord Looking up!

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Wood Block Print 22)
53rd Station: Otsu (presently, Otsu City, Shiga OPrefecture)!

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Pedestal 23)
Resting and Thinking Traveler!

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Wood Block Print 23)
50th Station: Minakuchi (presently Koka City in Shiga Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 24)
Traveler in the wind and rain!

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Wood Block Print 24)
47th Station: “Ski/The Barrier” (presently in Kameyama City, Mie Prefecture)

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Pedestal 25)
Foot Travelers!

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Wood Block print 25)
45th Station: Shono (presently part of Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 26)
Mother and Child!

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Wood Block Print 27)
42nd Station: Kuwana (presently kuwana City, Mie Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 27)
Crouching Old men!

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Wood Block Print 27)
40th Station: Narumi (presently part of Midori Ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 28)
Traveler!

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Wood Block Print 28)
38th Station: Okazaki (presently Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 29)
Geisha in her Parlor!

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Wood Block Print 29)
35th Station: Goyu (presently port of Toyokawa City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 30)
Relaxing Geisha!

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Wood Block Print 30)
32nd Station: Shirasuka (presently in Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

To be continued…

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Tourism: Shizuoka City Zagyo-So Museum Saionji Kinmochi Villa in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Saionji Kinmochi/西園寺公望 (1849~1940) was a prominent diplomat for Japan especially in France who witnessed the passage of japan from feudalism to modern times.
He was born in October 1849 as the second son of Tokudaiji Kinito, the Minister of the Right. One of Japan’s modern elder statesmen, he live d a long life spanning the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods as a liberal politician until the age of 91 when he passed away in November 1940.

Zagyo-So named by Viscount Chifuyu, was built facing the scenic Kiyomi lagoon in 1919 when Saionji was 70 years old as a place to lead a quiet life in his later years.

Times change and on March 18th, 1971, Zagyo-So was moved to Museum Meiji Mura located in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture. It is still shown today as a National Tangible Designated Cultural Asset.

Now a reproduction of Zagyo-So has been created on the land where it once stood thanks to the strong will of Okitsu (Shimizu Ku) people, the business world and the full cooperation and guidance from the Meiji Mura Foundation!

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To reach Zagyo-So get down at okitsuJR Station along the Tokaido railway Line, go straight to the main street, turn right and walk past Seikenji Temple.
You will eventually find the sign above on your left-hand side. You v\can’t miss it!

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A sign both in Japanese and in English will exlpain where you are!
Incidentally visits are free and volunteer guides (Japanese only usually) are on hand to show you around!

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Walk towards the entrance.

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The place is not that big, so take your time to notice the small details!

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The entrance!

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The back garden side facade!

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Past the entrance!

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Kaguya Hime Dolls!

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The whole place is very much naturally lighted in daytime!

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Photographs of the original Zagyo-So and Saionji Kinmochi in his late years!

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Time slip!

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Main room with Tokonoma!

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A well-lit “tsurou/hall”!

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the small musueum dedicated to the life of Saionji Kinmochi!

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Many pictures taken during his long life!

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Saionji Kinmochi as a samurai at 17, a student in Paris, an Ambassador in Germany at 40 and as a Minister for Culture in the 2nd Itoh Prime Minister Cabinet!

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More pictures, especially as a foreign diplomat who met French Minister Georges Clemenceau many a time!

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Personal artifacts and personal seals!

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Apparently he had a special liking for amanatto/sweet fermented beans confectionery!

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More original photos!

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The traditional Japanese bathroom!

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The washroom besides the toilets!

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Walking around the place gives you a good idea of traditional Japanese households before WWII!

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More recent pictures of the original building!
The guide told me it had to be moved and replaced as it was nearly falling apart!

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Emperor and Empress Showa visited the place in Novemeber 1957!

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Detailed pictures of the reconstruction!

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City workers pruning the trees in the garden!

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A so simple and so beautiful Tokonoma!

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Another view to give an idea of the room!

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One of the studies!

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Japanese style wall cupboard with Japanese tea box!

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Traditional Japanese toilets!
The guide told me it must have been hard on the old man’s knees!

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The traditional Japanese kitchen!

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Another time slip!

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Valuable utensils, especially tea ceremony ones were washed in this separate basin outside the kitchen.
The guide told me that the Master of The House washed his hands there, too!

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A space dedicated to Saionji Kinmochi’s personal maid, the second most important person after his spouse!

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A picture of the phone they were using at the time!

Shizuoka City Zagyo-So Museum Saionji Kinmochi Villa

424-0206 Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Okitsu, Seikenji Cho, 115
Tel. & Fax: 054-369-2221
Visiting hours:
Weekdays: 10:00~17:00
Saturdays, Sundays & national Holidays: 09:30~17:30
Closed on Mondays (or the day after if a National Holiday) and from December 29th thru January 3rd
Free entrance

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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