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Takyou Shrine (建穂神社)in Takyou, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Another long, very long cycling trip to find an elusive shrine I had discovered on the internet and decided to investigate: Takyou Shrine (建穂神社)!
It is located along the Warashina River, a main tribute of the Abe River.
Of course i got lost a few times on the way (but with positive results!)!

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After a half dozen misses I knew I was on the right way!
Why do streets always look so wide on maps? LOL

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Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takyou, 1-20, almost two haours by (normal) bicycle from the city center!

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The toriii gate on top of the stone stairs!

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The main shrine!

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Old wood!

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Old trees around a Shinto Shrine are a good indicator of its age, even if it is regularly re-built!

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Truly enormous by Shizuoka standards!

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View over Takyou through the torii gate!

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I discovered two older edifices beside and behind the main Shrine building!

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Small and old!

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With its own rice straw garland!

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The old ancient original shrine was being repaired!

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Stone stairway from another age!

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It also had its own rice straw garland!

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Wild boar guards!

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Carved wood of another age!

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Old style false window!

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Everything but the roofing is made of carved wood!

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Ancient craft as I couldn’t see any nails!

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A study in old architecture!

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From another angle!

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The red painted metal roofing!

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Local people are very proud of the Great Takyou Shrine Cedar Tree!

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Impossible to frame inside a single picture!

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Another tree well over 500 years old!

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A couple of last pictures before riding back home: the main building rice straw garland!

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Roof tile decoration!

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Japanese Sake Barrels and Others at Shinto Shrines in Kyoto City!

One big difference between Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples in japan is that you will find Japanese sake barrels in the former and never in the latter!
It is great fun for the sake lovers to check which breweries are being represented!

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Kamomioya ShrinE!

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A little history for you!

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This is unusual: real rice offerings!

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Take your pick!

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And there were a lot more!

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Left half!

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Right half!

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Now, what is the name of this shrine?

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Tenmangu shrine!

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Even more unusual! An old sake press!

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The second one!
Both had been donated by Geikkeikan Brewery!

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I found even more fighting for space with a car park!

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Side view!

Good hunting!

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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

Aihama Shirahige Shrine (相俣白髭神社)-Thunder Stone (雷石) in Aihama, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Yesterday I decided to cycle along a rout I hadn’t done for almost three years: Warashina River in Aoi ku, Shzuoka City!

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I hadn’t found much of interest (I did on the way back, though!) until I reached Warabiko Rest Area which also includes a public bath.

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Apart of some very useful amenities they also had a map of the area!

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I noticed the name of a Shinto Shrine called Aihama Shirahige Jinjya/”Aihama” stands for the area, “Shirahige/White Beard is a very common name for shrines and “jinjya” for shrine.
They also mentioned the Thunder Stone/Kaminari Ishi/雷石. It looked pretty impressive on the map.
later i had to come to the conclusion of not trusting such maps too much when it came to size and importance! LOL

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It didn’t look that far on the map but it took me a good one hour uphill to find it.
On the way I stopped at the Kiyosawa street Station to eat some succulent local wild boar croquettes where ladies were kind to tell me to just go straight ahead!
I cycled and cycled until I knew I must passed it.
I stopped to ask some local farmers as there are quite many around cultivating rice and a famous brand of green tea called “Honyama”!.
It took me time to explain rightly what I was looking for and found out I had just passed it!

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Well, I challenge anyone, Japanese included to find that minuscule sign!
Lucky I was on a bicycle!

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The sign, for its small size, was brand new so the shrine must have found some recognition of late.
I asked a few people people on the way back but nobody could tell me how old it was.
The fact there many shrine called “white beard” in the area didn’t help!

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The stairs leading to the shrine were old, narrow and barely in repair!

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Judging from the vegetation it must cleared only once a year for a local yearly matsuri/festival!

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I finally reach the small torii/sacred bird gate that stands at the entrance of any shinto shrine!

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Past the the torii I found two old stone lanterns with a moon and sun carved openings.

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The pines trees on the steep slope looked very ancient indeed!

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The shrine!
Big enough it was unfortunately completely locked up and even the coin offerings box seemed locked, too!
I might have been the first real visitor in a long time, although the wooden cover over the water stone basin was brand new!

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I haven’t seen that design before although it looks like a pointed beard!

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The Thunder Stone!
I did look all around the shrine to ascertain it was the real thing atop a kind of stone cairn!

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Truth to tell it might be a lot smaller than I was made to believe but it was very unusual!

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The stone looked natural enough to me as I didn’t see nay obvious signs of carving on it.
The color was unusual and I could find any stone of the same color!

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I entertain the notion that someone a long time ago brought it there as an offering.
The small metal torii gate was added a lot later!

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I didn’t feel disappointed at the small size of the Thunder Stone as there was plenty of interesting pictures to be taken on my way out!

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The stone lanterns were really ancient!

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The original hand washing stone basin?

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A paved way out of history!

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Miho Shrine (美保神社) at Miho (美保) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

The other day when I finally reached Hagormo Pine Trees in Miho (美保), Shimizu Ku, I noticed this big shinto shrine just across the street from the entrance to the famous tourisitic spot!

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The date of its foundation is unknown but it bears an important relation with the Hagormo Site.

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Entrance Lantern!

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One of the shrines!
Actually the site contains more than one shrine, all erected at different times!

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You will find no less than three little shrines on your right!

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Votive messages hung on New Year’s Day!

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Shrines usually have water ready for visitors to wash their hands with!

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They even explain how to properly do it!

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One of the main shrines (very old)!

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The main shrine!

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One of the two enormous vases bearing the shrine crest!

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The money offerings box also with the shrine crest!

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Garyubai sake by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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The Shrine Crest Curtain!

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Let’s take a peek inside!

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The prayer room!

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Big drum used for the two main matsuri held during the year!

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Another, much older, shrine behind the main shrine!

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Felt taken to another age!

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Another small but very old and of an unusual shape shrine!

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I even found another one lost among the trees!

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Talking of trees that very very ancient cicada must be one of the most beautiful I ever encountered!

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

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Mangazan Koji in Ieyama, Shimada City: The Only Temple in Japan Dedicated to Human Feet!

If you have the opportunity to get off one of the Oigaway Ralway Line trains in Ieyama, Hon Kawane, Shimada City, you will find a great oddity a few minutes walk from the walk from the Station!

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Mangazan Kouji Temple!
It actually, like many similar places in Japan combines both Buddhism adn Shinto as both temple and shrine were built on the same spot!
This particular Temple was built in 1346, around 650 years ago !

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This is the sole Buddhist Temple in Japan consecrated to the health of human feet!
But there is more to see there than this particular concern of the human atanomy!

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Beware that guardian!

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His companion is not be taken lightly either!

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The lion guardians had something unusual about them!

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It is the first time I find such lions with a mouth painted red!

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Incidentally, such lion guardians bear a diffrent “grin”!

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The temple also has a real Kyudou/Japanese archery shooting range at the back!

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With all the water rushing down the mountain, rain or no rain, this is a very clean place!

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The Buddhist bell!

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Centenarian cedar trees everywhere!

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For such a little place the way out is grandiose!

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In search of Japanese history and culture!

Expect more soon!

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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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Sake Kegs at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City

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One noticeable difference between Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines (Shinto is the native religion) in Japan is that shrines exhibit the empty kegs of sake offered by believers (the original meaning of “Sake” is “food of the gods”) whereas Buddhist Temples don’t.

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Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City which is one of the most important in the Prefecture does exhibit quite a few.
Not all are sake made inside Shizuoka Prefecture, though.
At least investigating the one produced inside Shizuoka Prefecture provide quite a few insights!
Therefore it will be a pleasure to help you discover them!

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“Kaiun/開運” is the brand name of the sake produced by Doi Brewery/土井酒造 in Kakegawa City/掛川市 in central-western Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Garyuubai/臥龍梅” is the brand name of Sanwa Brewery/三和酒造 in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City/清水区静岡市 in central Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Aoitenka/葵天下” is the brand name of the sake produced by Yamanaka Brewery/山中酒造 in Kakegawa City/掛川市 in central western shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Hana No Mai/花の舞” is the brand name of Hana No Mai Brewery/花の舞酒造 in Hamamatsu City/浜松市 in western Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Senju/千寿” is the brand name of Senju Brewery/千寿酒造” in Iwata City/磐田市 in western Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Kumpai/君盃” is the brand name of Kumpai Brewery/君盃酒造” in Shizuoka City/静岡市 in central Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Haginishiki/萩錦” is the brand name of Haginishiki Brewery/萩錦酒造 in Shizuoka City/静岡市 in Central Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Takasago/高砂” is the brand name of Fuji-Takasago Brewery/藤高砂酒造 in Fujinomiya City/富士宮市in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture.

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Now, this keg belonged to a defunct brewery!
“Chuumasa/忠正” was the brand name of Yoshiya Brewery/吉屋酒造 in Shizuoka City/静岡市 in central Shizuoka Prefecture.
Their license was bought some two years ago by a new brewery called Suruga Brewery/駿河酒造 also in Shizuoka City. As for the Chuumasa brand name it is still used by Suruga Brewery.

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As for this brewery, there are a lot questions marks left! (would you believe that one of my Japanese-side relatives is actually working there!)
“Kihei/喜平” is the brand name of Hikari Brewery/平喜酒造 in shizuoka City/静岡市 in central Shizuoka Prefecture.
Now, Hiraki Company which originally (and still is) a liqueurs and drinks distributor originating from Kakegawa City bought Hiraki Brewery in Okayama Prefecture in 1956 and then established their headquarters in Shizuoka City to sell the sake made in their brewery in Okayama Prefecture.
Two years ago, having acquired the license of defunct Dogatsuru Brewery in kakegawa City they started their second brewery called Shizuoka-Hiraki Brewery/静岡平喜酒造. When interviewed the Association of Sake Brewers in Shizuoka Prefecture assured me that they would only market sake made in Shizuoka City inside Shizuoka Prefecture. Unfortunately it was completely untrue! Moreover their representatives or master brewers never appear at events featuring their brand!

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“Fukki/富貴” of the eponymous brerwey is from Shizuoka Prefecture but they produced pure sake alcohol to be blended with jumai sake in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City. They were an official member of the Association of Shizuoka sake Brewers until two years ago. They haven7t been mentioned there since then. I wonder why… actually I know!

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-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!
-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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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City