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Izakaya: Minato Machi Okamura Ikichi in Yaizu City!

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IZAKAYA RANKING: +1~+2
Service: +3 very friendly and smiling. Easy-going but attentive
Equipment & Facilities: +3 Very clean overall. Superb gender separated washrooms
Prices: +2 reasonable
Strong points: Traditional izakaya cuisine including oden. Excellent seafood and drink list including local sake.

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Located a few minutes walk from Yaizu JR Station south exit Minato Machi Okamura Ikichi is actually one of the 6 similar establishments owned by Fujieda City-based Okamura Roman Co. with restaurants in Fujieda City (2), Shizuoka City, Yaizu City, Shimada City and a vegetable bar in Fujieda City
They all seem to share two traits:
-Modern design outside (which does not always feature the name of the restaurant) and generally young but knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff!
The food and concept are both traditional and modern for the pleasure of all genders and age groups!

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They both have a regular and seasonal menu.
Although they will soon have to think of an English menu the staff will be more than happy to explain it!

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I found the range of local sake quite excellent for such an establishment which can seat no less than 134 guests on two different floors!
Of course all kinds of drinks are available!

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And the sake comes in generous portions!
Now, as for the food you will to come quite a few times before exhausting the whole menu!
Let me show you what we had for our first visit there!

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A Shizuoka delicacy/comfort food: oden/Japanese pot au feu.
The broth not being as dark and strong as in some other izakaya in Shizuoka Prefecture, you certainly drink it up!

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A reasonably-priced sashimi plate (for two)!

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Featuring mackerel, seabream and local horse mackerel!

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And many types of tuna!

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There plenty of vegetables available too fresh or cooked, from the traditional fried potato sticks,

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to a unique plate of deep fried burdock root shavings!

Well, I suppose other visits are on the cards before I move to their other establishments!

MINATO MACHI OKAMURA IKICHI/岡むらいきち
Yaizu City, Sakae Machi 1-1-34 (on the left of Yaizu JR Station south exit)
Tel.: 054-620-7880
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays
Credit cards OK
Parties welcome!

HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

IZAKAYA RANKING SYSTEM
IZAKAYA RANKING:

+1 ought to be visited at least once
+2 could be become a regular visit
+3 must visit!

Service:
+1 standard
+2 pleasant
+3 very good

Equipment & Facilities:
+1 standard
+2 excellent
+3 Superb

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Katsuo Bushi: Annual Auctions of Dried Bonito in Yaizu City!

Yesterday the annual katsuo Bushi (dried katsuo, dried bonito) auctions were held at the Yaizu Katsuo Bushi Suisan Kakou Kyoudou Kumiai/焼津鰹節水産加工共同組合 (Yaizu Dried Bonito Marine Products Processing Cooperative) in Yaizu City, Kamikosugi, 9-1.
It was a bit of an expedition as I had to go first to Fujieda JR Station by train and then take a bus down near the Shizuhama Air Force Base of all places and still ask my way there to finish on foot! (Fortunately I could use the Cooperative bus on the way back which took to the Yaizu JR Station!)

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Although we are talking of marine products, we are still far from the sea and in the middle of farmland!
But I knew I had arrived at the right place!

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I had arrived a bit late, and some employees were packing back some sold lots!

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The dried katsuo is also called “himoshi”. Katsuo bushi means the himoshi processed into shavings.

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I picked up a copy of the auction pamphlet that all dealers took with them inside the auction hall!

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Mr. Kinya Hasegawa, the sales director who kindly authorized me to interview the auction!

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The katsuo bushi emblem on the back of his “happi”!

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Dried katsuo auctions are held in Kagoshima prefecture, Kyushu Island and Yaizu City every year.
The products on auction mainly come from both Prefectures but dealers come from everywhere in japan including Tokyo and Osaka!
The above batches come from satsuma, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Island!

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Batch from Shizuoka producers!

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More products from Satsuma!

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A view of the auction upon entering the hall!

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A simple explanation of the process.
I took good note for the next interview actually involving the process at a local producer!

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The sample lots being aligned before being auctioned.
There were a total of 228 batches of dried bonito and a few of dried mackerel.
All in all more than 57 tonnes were auctioned on that single day!
To think that the auctions in Kagoshima prefecture are even bigger!

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Each auction lot carries a leaflet marked with the name of the producer, the number(s) of the lot(s), and numbers indicating the kind of fish and its origin!

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The dried katsuo comes in two types, covered with edible mold, or “naked”.
Dried mackerel comes only in “naked” state.
The order of the auctions is more or less according to the quality with mackerel coming last.

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The Yaizu auctioneers!

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It did require a lot of energy for more than 2 hours of auctioning!

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Each participant held an auction pamphlet and auction slips with their company names printed on them.

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Participants handed their price slip to the staff as each lot rolled in front of them.

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The slips were then handed to the three auctioneers.
There were other staff on hand to record all the procedures of course!

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Each auction was confirmed with three hand claps from the auctioneers!

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The results were written down in chalk immediately for all to take notes!

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The first time I see such a rolling blackboard!

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An employee was waiting in front of the blackboard to take away the batches right after the auction had been concluded.

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Then each lot was rolled down under the blackboard for disposal!

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A green tea break was even scheduled during that heavy screaming work!

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The lots being stored for delivery to the dealers!

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A very Japanese tradition to close the proceedings: sake offered to some lucky lottery winners!
Incidentally the sake was Hatukame “Maru” Junmai Ginjyou by Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe, Fujieda City!
I wonder if the lucky winners realized how good sake was!

I would like to thank all the staff and kind participants for all their great hospitality and answers to my queries!

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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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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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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Kappa (Water Goblins) Street in Yaizu City!

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Kimono-clad female kappa!

If you get off at Nishi Yaizu JR Station and go to the Kappa Museum, you will discover at one moment little stone statues of kappa (water goblins) in front of homes or stores indirectly advertising that Yaizu City holds a Guinness World Record in the shape of a 10,000+ collection of kappa in a private museum (report coming soon)!
For more information on Kappa/河童, read HERE!

These are all very cute kappa, but do remember they are still feared in some areas in Japan!

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The kimono-clad female kappa in front of a cake shop!

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Kappa enjoying his sake!
A kappa cannot live without a river, sake, cucumbers and plenty of raucous fun!

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Cucumber-eating kappa!
Have you ever wondered what was the meaning of a “Sushi Kappa Maki”? Now, you know!

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Tortoise-riding Kappa!

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A Kappa calling for a refill!

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A Kappa sleeping off his sake!

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A kappa builder!

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A studious young Kappa!

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A beckoning Kappa!
Careful with that one!

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A welcoming Kappa!
Careful with that one, too!

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A young Kappa bringing flowers to her Mummy!

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Naturally in front of a flower shop!

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Gastronomic Art and Humor: “Chawan Mushi (“Mushi”=”Steamed” or “Insect”!) at Art Gallery Pumpkin 2 in Yaizu City!

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Yuuji Iwasaki/岩崎祐司さんi holding a very interesting exhibition until February 23rd where you can both admire some very unusual art and learn about Japanese puns!

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Yuuji Iwasaki (67) has been exhibiting his collection all over Japan for more than 2 years, changing venue every month!
A native of Yaizu City he started his wooden sculptures on a Buddhist them first.
But since 1996 he worked on paraodu\ies of all genre.
This Shokokuten/笑刻展/Humorous Sculpture exhibition is based on Japanese puns only!

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Chawan Mushi/茶碗蒸し is a Japanese delicacy, a kind of salted hot pudding.
“Mushi/蒸し” means “Steamed”, but it is also the same pronunciation of “虫/insect”!
Now, you should understand why some interesting insects are coming out of the chawanmushi cup!

GALLERY PUMPKIN 2

425-0027 Yaizu City, Sakae Cho, 8-1, 2F
Tel.: 054-637-9722
Opening hours: 11:00~18:00
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Credit Cards OK
Parking available
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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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Art Gallery: Pumpkin 2 in Yaizu City!

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When it comes to art galleries you do sometimes need some kind of radar to find them!
But it is certainly worth the search!

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now we were in search of an art Gallery in Yaizu City called Pumpkin 2 because they were having a very interesting exhibition called 笑刻展/Shokokuten, that is Funny Scupture Exhibiton by an artist called Yuuji Iwasaki/岩崎祐司さん (separate articles coming!)!

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Actually it is not too difficult to find the gallery but you do have to keep your eyes open.
Get out south exit of Yaizu Station, walk to your right along the railway line and you should find it within 5 minutes walk before a small park containing a full steam locomotive!
Climb to the upper floor and enter the narrow entrance.
If you come by car there is a free parking lot available but call them beforehand!

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A beautiful canvas in the narrow entrance hall!

A whole group of loacl artists use the place full time where they exhibit and sell their creations!
Do check their Japanese homepage!

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Gastronomic art!

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Exquisite paintings!

Most of the same artists do often exhibit in Shzuoka City!

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Mobiles by Takashi Terada/寺田高士さん!

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They hold an exhibition by Yuuji Iwasaki/岩崎祐司さん until February 23rd featuring unique humorous wooden sculptures based on Japanese puns! A must!

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It might look small but it will take a good hour to understand the jokes and admire the sculptures!

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One of Iwasaki’s creations!

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A small Ali Baba’s treasure trove of objets d’art!

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A favorite of mine!

Incidentally don’t look for a gallery called Pumpkin 1, it does not exist!

GALLERY PUMPKIN 2

425-0027 Yaizu City, Sakae Cho, 8-1, 2F
Tel.: 054-637-9722
Opening hours: 11:00~18:00
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Credit Cards OK
Parking available

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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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Gastronomy on a Manhole Cover: Bonito in Yaizu City!

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I’ve been recently disparaged in some corners for adding tourism, environment and manhole covers to this gastronomic blog, but I would like to point out that tourism and environment walk hands in hands with gastronomy!

If you get off Yaizu JR Station from the south exit and take the main street on your right you will see many of these magnificently colored manhole covers on the pavement.

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Do take a care about cars before taking a picture across the street!

Yaizu City is classified as a major fishing harbor in Japan and deals with the biggest catches of bonito (katsuo/鰹).
No wonder it is featured on at least two types of manhole covers!

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 15: Yaizu City

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One of the most beautiful manhole covers in Yaizu City I discovered near the City Hall!
I couldn’t determine if the fish are tuna or bonito as both are brought there in large numbers!

Yaizu City is one of the major fishing harbor cities in Japan with Numazu City and Shimoda City Tokyo couldn’t survive without. The other day I intensively research the city for manhole covers and I came with more than I bargained for as I included the whole technical range!

Brace yourselves!

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An older big manhole with tuna/bonito!
I couldn’t find it colored version!

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This one is probably the most famous of all with Mount Fuji and tuna/bonito!

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The same in different colors!

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The same again without the colors!

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An old-style sewer manhole cover!

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The same but newer and different in minute details!

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This manhole cover was truly enormous!

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Another sewer type manhole cover!

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A very large sewer-type manhole cover!
Note the central motif generally found in Yaizu City!

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Practically the same but medium-sized!

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A similar but older type and without the central motif!

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Another celebrated manhole cover over a fire hydrant and celebrating the Yaizu Harbor Festival!

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This type can be found in many cities but this is the first time I discovered one with “GAS” written in English!

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Once again a common small sized one but with “valve pit” written in English and “GAS” in Japanese!

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The same as above but “valve pit” both in English and Japanese!

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The two of them side by side!
Take your pick!

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A large one “blended” in its surroundings!
I will have to to find out what “C.C.B.” means!

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Another modern but rectangular sewer manhole cover “blended” into its surroundings!

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Similar as above but square!

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Two different types together over heavy water machinery access!

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I found many of this small and cute type in the city so I doubt that they are private!

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An older and slightly smaller version than the above!

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A newer type of a water valve pit cover with clear measure indications!

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Another newer water valve pit cover,probably private!

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A private water valve pit cover!

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An old gas valve pit cover!

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A tiny C.C.B valve pit cover with the Yaizu City motif!

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An old medium-sized sewer manhole cover!

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A medium-sized sewer manhole cover which can bear up to 400 kg!

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A rare old type of valve pit cover!

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This comparatively small-sized private rain water cover is written with “No cars allowed to run over”!

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The same, but form another company!

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This one is owned by Harmonate Company!

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A smaller and different type from the same company!

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I found this medium type rain water cover on the platform of Yaizu JR station platform which can bear up to 400 kg!

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The same as above but without the central motif and the ability to bear up to 450 kg!

Blimey, 37 pictures in all!

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Wall Paintings in Yaizu City!

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Yesterday I was ambling along streets in Yaizu City in search of the manhole covers I had found out on the net when I reached a small bridge over the river crossing the city into the sea (yaizu City is one the major fishing harbors in Japan!).

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The pavements in the vicinity of the bridge were decorated with some interesting tiles I was going to take pictures of when I noticed paintings on the wall along the pathway of the very quiet river full of Japanese carps!

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The paintings had been ordered to real artists by the city to help promote its tourism!

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This particular series depicted the Yaizu Harbor Festival, a major one in Shizuoka Prefecture which is held every year!

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The local fishermen must be really looking forward to it!

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O Mikoshi/Portable Shrines!

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At least one lady seems after all to be part of it!
I will have to investigate!

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As I amble along I found out that the river was in fact crossed by three bridges to allow the many avenues to go through and had a glimpse at another painting on another wall!

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A legendary hero in a fiery scene with an erupting Mount Fuji in the background!

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There were more to be seen from the third bridge!

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They were all about and ancient legendary hero with hints of religion!

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Confrontation!

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Praying for succor!

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Deity Symbols?

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (March 2011): Food collected by Mark & Kunie Thornton have reached Miyagi Prefecture!

Mark & Kunie/邦恵 Thornton with the fishermen from Yaizu City who volunteered to carry the food to Miyagi Prefecture!

Mark and Kunie packed their car with the 12 boxes full of food before driving all the way across the Prefecture to the harbor of Yaizu City!

The tuna fishing boat that transported mark and Kunie’s donations among all the help from Shizuoka Prefecture!

The name of the boat to remember: Wakaba Maru No 5 Yaizu!
“Wakaba” is the actual name of the boat. “Maru” means “round” and “boat”. Yaizu is the calling port.

Everyday heroes brave the sea and elements (and others) to bring help!

In spite of all the hardships there are thousands (and more) people deeply aware of what’s needed in times of crisis.
It is those “little gestures” that make this world a little easier to live in!

Mark, Kunie, gals and lads and all the fishermen that braved the elements, a profound thanks to all and from all once again!

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