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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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Cinema Museum: Shichi Bura Cinema Street in Shizuoka City!

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Before the movie theaters were closed and moved to Cenova Department Store and consequently their buildings pulled down the City of Shizuoka, following the example with the Hiroshige Ukiyo-e in Gofuku Cho Street, had the great idea to create an open air museum along Shichikrn Street just after it crosses the Showa Street!

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The pole indicating the starting point of Shichi Bura Cinema Street!

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They even indicated the project on the wrought iron grids surrounding the trees!

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Also announced on each display box!

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Like in Gofuku Street they use the same red granite abundantly even on the pavement to show the emblem bird of Shizuoka City,…

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the emblem tree of Shizuoka City. or…

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the emblem flower of Shizuoka City!

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Each display pedestal is flanked with seats made of the same red granite. Unfortunately their access is somtimes blocked by bicycles or nearby building works!

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The displays inside the boxes are really intriguing and deserve some research: reverse film apparatus!

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Great sight in store!

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Ancient movie camera!

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What’s next?

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Sun spot!

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Now, what are those two?

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Enormous microphones!

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The works on the right are a real eyesore!

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Suspension flight light and solar spot light!

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Machine head!

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And to finish a genuine antique 1971 movie program poster!

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Hiroshige Wood Block Prints for All in Gofuku Cho Street in Shizuoka City! 1~10

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Wood Block Print 1)!
15th Station: Kambara (presently Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City) in the snow!

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.

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Map of old Sumpu/Shizuoka City at the crossroads by the Mitsukoshi-Isetan Department Store.

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 42 (that what I counted and took in pictures yesterday although I’ll double check today!) of them daily if you walk along Gofuku Cho Street?

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“Fuchu”

They concentrated on both sides of Gofuku Cho Street between Mitsukoshi-Isetan Department Store and Shizuoka Bank Headquarters Building.
As far as I know, the order seemed haphazard and I found only 42 of the 53 wood bock prints but I will hav e to double check!

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I just realized yesterday I had been walking past them for years. The reason for this crazy miss is that people have the habit of stacking their bicycles against the red granite pedestals on which they stand.
A real pity as the stands themselves are carved into beautiful reliefs , all different!
I sometimes wish that the Japanese, and the Shizuokaites in particular, gave a little more respect and recognition for their culture…

Alright, there is no point crying about it, let me take you along, then!
And don’t forget your camera or sketch book!

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Pedestal 1) A porter?

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Wood Block Print 1)!
15th Station: Kambara (presently Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City) in the snow!
Actually Hiroshige never traveled in the snow and drew this picture from his own imagination!

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Pedestal 2) Mother and Child

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Wood Block print 2)
13th Station: Hara (presently in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)

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Pedestal 3) Hiroshige traveling on a horse?

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Wood Block print 3)
12th Station: Numazu (Shizuoka Prefecture)

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Pedestal 4) Geisha

Note: I started moving bicycles away without any ceremony form that point!
Passers-by just ignored me! LOL

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Wood Block Print 4)
14th Station: Yoshiwara (Just between Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City and Fuji City)

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Pedestal 5) Farmer Housewife and son?

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Wood Block Print 5)
16th Station: Yui, Shimisu Ku, Shizuoka City

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Pedestal 6) Young Lord or Kabuki actor?

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Wood Block Print 6)
18th Station: Ejiri (presently Shimizu harbor, Shimizu ku, Shizuoka City)

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Pedestal 7) Boy hanging onto a branch or bar
How do I know it is a boy/ Look carefully! LOL

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Wood Block Print 7)
20th Station: Mariko (presently in Shizuoka City)

mariko-stamp

The same was reproduced on a Japanese commemorative stamp!

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Pedestal 8) A tired porter!

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Wood Block print 8)
22nd Station: Fujieda (Fujieda City. Shizuoka Prefecture)

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Pedestal 9) Servant sweeping with a broom

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Wood Block Print 9)
24th Station: Kanaya (presently in Shimada City. Crossing of the Oi River. Shizuoka Prefecture)

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Pedestal 10) Porter

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Wood Block print 10)
26th Station: Kakegawa (Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture)

To be continued….

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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

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“Spiky Lawn” by Bruno Maroni in Mishima City!

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If you have the chance to visit Mishima City in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture I would recommend you to visit the Clematis Gardens, the more for it that they offfer a free limousine service from and to Mishima JR Station!

The Gardens include a large museum showing the works of Bruno Maroni but his most remarkable creations are exhibited all year round in the very large park either on the luscious lawns or in front of other buildings!

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What could a lone man do walking through pikes on a lawn?

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The grass is integral part of the whole art work!

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Is the man carefully walking in awe?

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Or is he half containing his laugh?

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Or has he found a new world beyond the grassy spike tunnel?

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“Infinity” by Bruno Maroni in Mishima City!

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If you have the chance to visit Mishima City in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture I would recommend you to visit the Clematis Gardens, the more for it that they offfer a free limousine service from and to Mishima JR Station!

The Gardens include a large museum showing the works of Bruno Maroni but his most remarkable creations are exhibited all year round in the very large park either on the luscious lawns or in front of other buildings!

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looking too far ahead can turn you into stone!

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Even so these eyes look a bit empty to me!

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is infinity really beautiful?

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“Man Looking Over The Wall” by Bruno Maroni in Mishima City!

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If you have the chance to visit Mishima City in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture I would recommend you to visit the Clematis Gardens, the more for it that they offfer a free limousine service from and to Mishima JR Station!

The Gardens include a large museum showing the works of Bruno Maroni but his most remarkable creations are exhibited all year round in the very large park either on the luscious lawns or in front of other buildings!

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I had a good laugh at this particular statue as the Japanese are a very voyeuristic people!

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And the laugh continued when looking at the man from the back!

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Is he surprised, worried or perplexed?

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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: 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