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

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

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

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

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Take your time and take a rest if need be!

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The whole path is lined with venerable pine trees!

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

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

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An incredibly shaped pine tree!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Naturally the hotel has a statue commemorating the legend!

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

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

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Very good English explanations!

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

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the very tree and its low branch!

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More information but only in Japanese!

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The Matsubara Pine Tree Forest!

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The Noh play takes place there!

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

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Visitors come from all over Japan!

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

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Many people of course visit the beach!

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The Suruga Bay!

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

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But it is still too early for the bathing season!

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

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Izakaya Gastronomy: Bu-Ichi in Shizuoka City!

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Watarigani/ワタリガニ/Swimming crabs from Suruga Bay!

Service: Very friendly and easy-going
Equipment: Very clean overall. Spacious and beautiful toilets
Prices: reasonable to slightly expensive, but very good value!
Strong points: Extensive use of local land and sea products. Great sake and drinks in general!

Izakaya gastronomy is THE gastronomy of Japan.
It comes at different levels and prices from the cheap small food stands to some elaborate establishments with the consequent prices.
If one truly wants to discover local food and ingredients just visit the many izakayas you are bound to find anywhere in Japan!
Now, in Shizuoka, as we are blessed (and that officially!) with the largest number of varieties of land and sea food in Japan, it becomes a delightful headache as to which place to patronize.
Even so, Bu Ichi in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City stands head and shoulders above most izakayas in town and prefecture and a lot of regular customers from all status have more than often to battle for a seat!

Alright, let me show you what Takeshi Satoh/佐藤武史 prepared for our short dinner the other day!

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A lot of attention is brought to the smallest details!

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The o-tooshi/snack served with the first drink: Simmered daikon with na no hana/rape flowers!

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Avery rare (there were only two available that day!) watarigani/swimming crab caught in the Western part of Suruga Bay! One half for each of us two!

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Loads of tender meat!

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Including the brains of the crab! Truly extravagant!

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Sashimi assortment all from Shizuoka!

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Katsuo/Bonito with grated ginger and chopped scallions!

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Madai/True seabream!

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Boiled tako/octopus served with grated Shizuoka wasabi!

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A favorite of mine: Kujira/whale!

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The leaf at the back is a wasabi leaf!

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More tender and tastier than beef!

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Deep-fried oysters in panko/breadcrumbs!

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True oyster lover must sample that!

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Now what does that splendid tempura consist of?

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Sardine wrapped in shiso/perilla accompanied with some fukinotou/Giant butterbur or fuki bog rhubarb, a wild winter vegetable!

And that was for the first part of the night, but I can guarantee you we shall come back soon for a full dinner!

Bu-Ichi/武市
Chef/Owner: Takeshi Satoh/佐藤武史
420-0032 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-10, Dai 2 Matsunaga Bldg. 2F
Tel.: 054-2521166
Business hours: 17:30~22:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Reservations advisable
Credit Cards OK

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Japan Tourism: Ooi Shinto Shrine in Shimada City!

Torii/Portal at the entrance of Ooi Shinto Shrine

Whatever City you visit in Japan, down to the smallest mountain village, you will discover at least one Shinto Shrine venerated by the locals. And if you are lucky enough to visit them during traditional holidays or festivals they become an unending source of lore study and photography!

Hand-washing fountain.

How do you recognize a Shinto Shrine from other cult sites?
It is actually very simple even if you can’t read any Japanese!
1) The entrance is always marked with “torii/鳥居/portal”, however tiny the shrine.
2) You will usually find a hand-washing fountain/basin.
3) Entrance is free contrary to some of the shrines of other beliefs. Actually you will often see children playing in their yards in daytime.

Ooi Shrine garden

Now, if you happen to pass through Shimada City, by road or train or on your way from the International Airport take a couple of hours off for a leisurely visit of Ooi shrine/大井神社 as it is only a 10-minute walk from the railway station!
It is just the right size and a true representative of the long local history and culture.
It is also within walking distance to places such as Setsugekka Soba Restaurant where you could take a beautiful lunch before proceeding to the next stage of your trip through Shizuoka Prefecture and Japan!

Shimada Obi Festival Dancer Statue

Shimada is celebrated for its Shimada Obi/belt Matsuri/Festival, an event officially designated as one of 20 strangest/most original festivals in Japan. It is held every 3 years on the Years of the Tiger, Snake, Monkey and Wild Boar!

A young dancer of the other celebrated Shimada Festival, the 300-year old Daimyo Gyoretsu, which imitates the procession of a grand jumangoku (one hundred thousand koku, units of rice) daimyo with a total of 250 marchers stretching over 500 meters!

The New Year is an important time for the Shrine to collect money through the sales of New Year decorations!

The New Year is a great time for photography when people of any age and station visit the shrine!

New Year Decorations sales booth.

The Shrine has a small and cute garden with a carp pond and arched bridge!

2012 being the Year of the Dragon, so it would be a good idea to search for hidden representations of the fabled creature!

An ancient hand-washing basin inside the garden!

Traditional paper lanterns/chōchin (提灯), make for great photographs!

A sacred cow, symbol of fertility and wealth!

A “Kappa”!

Keep your eyes open and you will discover some very intriguing statues such that of a “kappa/河童”, the Japanese cousin of the Scottish kelpie!

The French will be glad to discover frogs everywhere!

More dragons spouting water instead of belching fire!

Lions help the dragons guard the shrine from evil spirits!

Looking forward to meeting you at the next shrine!

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