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Oshiba Shrine (小芝神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I discovered this particular shrine by pure chance in a side street not far from Shimizu JR Station.

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When I queried about it to a passer-by I was kindly answered that it was only a small and dirty shrine, the way to pique my curiosity!

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It is quite old as part of it was restored in the 1920’s!

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Walking towards the old torii/sacred gate!

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The hand washing stone basin was derelict, indeed!

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The smaller but older torii!

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Actually it bears the name of one of the shrines found inside the precincts, “Hachimangu/ハ血幡宮”!
It is also remarkable for the two shishi/lion guards under the plaque!

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A strange-shaped votive board!

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I see! This shrine is particularly popular with soccer players and fans!

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The “haiden/hall for worshipers”!

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Why three bell ropes?
I actually found the reason later!

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An unusual closed-mouthed shishi/komainu/lion guard!

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His open-mouthed companion!

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The portable shrine with its cart inside the haiden!

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Actually the whole Oshiba Shrine is nothing less than an association of many smaller shrines as proved by this series of red-painted torii gates!

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When you notice such red-painted torii you can expect the foxes of the Inari Goddess/Agriculture Goddess!

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Unusually fierce-looking fox guard!

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Same impression from his companion!

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A group of three smaller but cute shrines!

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The first one!

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The second one!

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With a whole bestiary to investigate!

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“Shishi/lion guard” and “baku/nightmare-eater”!

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The third one!

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The foxes guard them as couples!

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The other fox couple!

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The colors reminded me other countries!

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More baku!

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Walking back through the row of torii!

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Tiny “kamidana/shrines”!

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Discarded shrines and statues at the back!

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I wouldn’t mind taking some of these foxes back but that would be stealing!

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Small shrines of another age!

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More foxes with Okinawan cheesa!

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The honden/main shrine is inaccessible but its design confirmed that the local God was a Goddess indeed!

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Wooden architecture details!

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from the side!

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Plenty of venerable trees!

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Good-bye Oshiba Shrine!

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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社)in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

The other day I actually spent 3 hours waling from Sakurabashi Station, Shizutetsu line to Shin Shimizu Station circling around under the very mountains. before crossing Route 1 to turn back to the latter station I discovered the entrance of that particular shrine at the bottom of a lonely “hill”.

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It wasn’t that big, but the flight of stairs was so tempting!

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Made of concrete, the torii/main gate and its plaque are not that old, but they were already pretty worn out.

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The flight of stairs is climbing through a bamboo copse.

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About walking between two fairly old stone lanterns/ishidourou!

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The “haiden/main hall for worshippers”!

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More stone lanterns. I wondered about their motifs.

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A stag for one!

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A cloud!

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A mountain!

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More older stone lanterns!

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A small roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Let’s have a look at this other more recent stone lantern!

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A doe and a cloud!

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And three mountains!

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Beautiful enough for another picture!

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But I must say I was most impressed with the “komaini/Shishi/lion guards!

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The left one, always a mouth-shut lion, with its paw resting on the back of a smaller one!

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The right one, always with its mouth open!

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With its paw on a ball!
Notice the unusual red painting!

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The “haiden/main hall for worshippers!

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“Yasaka Jinja/八坂神社/Yasaka Shrine”!

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A smaller torii/gate at the back!

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The “honden/God’s hall” closed to the public!

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The back of the honden!

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The pinion denoting that this shrine is dedicated to a female Goddess!

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The whole place is surrounded with ancient pine trees!

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Taking a peek at a dragon under the roof of the honden!

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A last look at the roof and pinion!

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There was another small shrine or “kamidana” behind the haiden past the small torii!

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Related with the Isei Shrine in Mie Prefecture!

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More ancient pine trees!

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A last look again at the honden!

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Good-bye Yasaka shrine!

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-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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Shop Signs Revival in Mishima City!

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Women Fashion shop Sign!

Mishima City, after a long dormancy following the bubble era seems to steadily enter a new era with new restaurants, bars and shops to cater for an increasing touristic clientele thanks to the nearby Mount Fuji and many more attractions.
It is a city where, if you keep one eye on the pavement and anther above head, you can make some interesting discoveries!
The latest one for my part is a single side of a single street lined up with a series of shop signs, some directly inspired by many found in Europe displayed in obvious cooperation!
let me show them:

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Knitting shop!

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Japanese craft shop!

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Fashion handbag shop!

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Art gallery!

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Miscellaneous Boutique!

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Liquor shop!

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Another Art Gallery!

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Bedroom ware shop!

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Traditional Japanese cake shop!

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Japanese restaurant?

Still looking!

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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

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Hachimangu (八幡宮), Inari Daimyoujin(稲荷大明神) and Hie (日枝神社) Shrines and Mount Fuji-Viewing Park in Hyahata, Shizuoka City!

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South of Shizuoka JR Station in Suruga Ku, in Yahata/八幡 (the locals pronounce it “Yaata”!) stands a small mountain called Hyahata San/八幡山 full of history hwere you can discover no less than three different Shinto Shrines and enjoy a splendid view of Mount Fuji!

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The roofed stone hand-washing basin!

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The stone hand wash basin where worshipers and casual visitors are asked to purify themselves (Harai 祓い) of impurity!

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It even has a cute dragon as a water spout!

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A row of old small stone shrines behind the basin!

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The Kannushi/神主/Shrine priest’s son in front of the Hachimangu/八幡宮 Shrine, the main but not the oldes of the three shrines found on that spot!

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They even sell baked sweet potatoes as a practice for the kids for the annual festival held on August the 15th!

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The priest and family’s home doubling as a shrine office!
Note that this is a small shrine, therefore the priest needs another job to survive!

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Still has and antique entrance porch!

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The “shishi/獅子” or “Komainu/狛犬”/lion guard on the left “roaring” to scare demons.
The rice straw garland/shimenawa/注連縄 around both lion guards has a special meaning as they have stood there for exactly 100 years!

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The “smiling” (actually his closed mouth means that he shelters and keeps in the good spirits) is also stadning on a pedestal made of volcanic rocks collected on the slopes of Mount Fuji!

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The shrine festival chariot, unfortunately idle for lack of hands!

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A small “kamidana/神棚/shrine with a “mon/文/crest” decorated money offerings box!

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“Ema/絵馬/votive plaques”!

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It has its own “sumo ring (dohyo/土俵)!

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The Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall!

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Some welcome information and advice!

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The Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall with its “shimenawa/注連縄/rice straw garland, praying bells and their ropes and a money offerings box!

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A lion guard on the roof!

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The ancient “Hachimangu/八幡宮” Shrine name plaque!

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Ancient sake/酒/rice wine offering vessels!

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A more modern, probably donated, lantern!

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A peek inside with sumo wrestlers’ hands prints!

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The flight of stairs leading to the other two shrines!

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Take the short flight on your right!

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The Inari Daimyoujin(稲荷大明神) dedicated to Inari/稲荷 (the god/goddess of agriculture)!

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It is actually very small!

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There are actually two small kamidana/神棚/shrines facing each other!

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The other one!

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The flight of stairs leading to the third shrine!

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A red torii/鳥居/sacred bird gate, this one with straight members, or shinmei torii 神明鳥居!

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Another shrine whose purpose I could not fathom!

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Getting near the Hie Shrin/日吉, which is dedicated to the mountain kami/神/god Sannō 山王!

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The Hie Shrine!

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I surmise that this building is there to store shrine regalia!

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Two smaller kamidana/神棚/shrines before reaching the Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall!

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Its entrance is flanked with two stone lanterns!

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The cloud and deer motifs!

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The mountain motif!

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There is actually a flight of stairs access from the Hachimangu Shrine!

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The Hie Shrine Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall with a gate, which is more here to d\fend off unwanted viistors than anything else as it is not locked!
There used to be another building alongside but it disappeared a long time ago in a fire.

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The nawa/縄/rice straw garland/nawa with white paper that is cut into strips and hung from this garland/rope, called shime 注連 or gohei, which symbolizes purity in the Shintō faith!

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A kirin/麒麟/a mythical hooved chimerical creature!

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These elephant-like mythical creatures are called "baku/獏" and they are supposed to eat nightmares!

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Shishi/獅子/lion and baku/獏/nightmare eater guarding the shrine together!

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The closed double door of the Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall!

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Interesting details of the wooden architecture!

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Venerable trees all around!
Actually when you take the next flight of stairs you find yourself walking through a small forest!

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A few cheery tress can still be seen blooming!

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Are there spirits hiding behind the trees?

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Very old roots!

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The top has recently been transformed into a small public park!

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Getting near the very top!

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From there you can discover a grans view of Mount Fuji and another one of the Suruga Bay across the city!
To be revisited again a clear and crisp day for photographs!

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The small park is actually very well cared for!

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See you again for the festival!

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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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Japanese Festivals: The “Big Three” in Shimada City!

There are many known and not so known reasons to keep an attentive eye on the City of Shimada in Shizuoka prefecture, the more for it with the noticeable increase in foreign tourists thanks to the increasingly busy Fujisan Shizuoka Aiport in The same City of Shimada!

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Tourists disembarking from the Airport should spare a minute to look at a big billboard outside Shimada Railway Station as it is written in no less than three languages, English, Chinese and Korean, depicting the three major festivals held in this City!

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The Shimada Taisei (Obi Festival)!

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This Festival has been held since 1695 and is one of the so-called three strangest Festivals in japan!
It is being held every years!

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Photo taken on 1th of October 2013!

The big attraction of course is the parade held with the 25 “Oyakko” dressed in attire of yore carrying umbrellas and long wooden swords draped with expensive traditional cloth!

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But there is still more to watch, especially the “floats fights” and the children dances!
For complete reports consult HERE (1), HERE (2), HERE (3), HERE (4), HERE (5), HERE (6), and HERE (7)!

The last Shimada Taisei (Obi Festival) was held in 2013, and will be held in 2016 and 2019 (Rugby World Cup Year which will include venues in Shizuoka Prefecture!)!

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The second big festival is the “Kanaya Tea Festival!

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Kanaya used to be a city of its own before it was recently merged with Shimada City, but it has preserved its own true identity.
Every two years no less than 1,000 “Tea Gilrs/Cha Musume” of all ages and status parade along the main street to celebrate the budding of the tea leaves every two years in the second week of April!

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Photo taken on the 13th of April 2014!

Actually almost the whole population of Kanaya is taking part!
But there are many more opportunities for great pictures and videos!

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Even young schoolgirls beating the drums like men!

The kanaya Tea Festival will be next held in 2016, 2018 and 2020 (the Year of the Tokyo Olympics!)!
For full report consult HERE (1), HERE (2), HERE (3), HERE (4) and HERE (5)!

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The third big festival is the Shimada Mage Matsuri (Women Topknot Festival)!

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It is a festival held to commemorate the creation of a lady topknot worn all over Japan said to be created by Tora Gozen, a courtesan native of Shimada!

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Photo taken on the 21st of September 2014!

On the third weekend of September 50 girls and ladies parade all around Shimada City with their hair/topknot done in the traditional Japanese fashion!

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This festival is held every year, but the 50 different participants are always different!

For full report consult HERE!

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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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Nishinomiya-Oibessan Shrine (西宮おいべっさん) in Shizuoka City!

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Along the Tenmacho Street, not far from Cenova Department Store in Aoi KU, Shizuoka City stands an old Shinto Shrine dedicated to the God of Merchants and Fishermen, Oibessan also known under the names of Ebessan and Ebisu!

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Although it was last rebuilt in 1856, it is said to date back as afar as the 8th Century.
It is under the jurisdiction of the Nishinomiya Shrine in Tokyo.

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It is a comparatively simple shrine in a very quiet place, unassuming at first glance, but if you know how to look you will discover some interesting details!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin and a couple of old trees which have somehow survived!

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Have a good look at the small roof!

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The right hand side lion guard (“koma inu”)!

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And its companion on the left side!

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The main shrine building!

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The rice straw garland (“shimenawa”) and the bell rope but no money offerings box (“saisenbako”)?

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Unusual and exquisite wooden crane, a symbol of good luck!

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The main building hides and older original shrine at its back!

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An old crest (“mon”)!

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A seabream (“tai”), a symbol of plenty!

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The Ebisu god!

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The older shrine at the back!

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An old stone lantern with a cloud motif!

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Another stone lantern at the far back with a deer motif!

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The oldest tree at the shrine!

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The older shrine from the back!

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Typical architecture!

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Good-bye, Oibessan!

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Manhole Covers In Shizuoka Prefecture 35 bis: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover Being Installed in Shizuoka City!

Yesterday some Shizuoka City Civil servants had been already been busy all morning when I reached the spot on the east side of the Shizuoka Municipal Hospital for the official installment of the new manhole cover to be be laid upon 40 out 56 fire hydrants.

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The spot had been conveniently chosen across the street from the Sumpu Castle Park!

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I had already discovered freshly installed covers near the Mizuho Bank,…

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in another spot from across the Sumpu Castle Park,…

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on Sengen Shrine Street,…

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in front of a soba restaurant,…

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on the street along Cenova Department Store!

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This was the spot chosen for the “media”!

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The old plate laid in 2007 to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu retirement to Sumpu Castle in Fuchu as Shizuoka was called then.

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One can discover other beautiful covers nearby but they don’t concern the fire department. The one above is laid over a manhole for access to spent waters and sewers.

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The City Water Department led by my new friend, Mr. Yuuta Fujii/藤井勇太さん, finally arrived at the “spot”!

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The truck full of covers!

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For the city’s records!

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The “local media” was just on time!

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The new cover with its protective layer!

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Lifting off the old cover!

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The fire hydrant!

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Change of eras!

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The last tap!

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The new cover with the date “2015” commemorating the 400th Annivesary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle!
The motif represents Mount Fuji, Miho Matsubara Beach, Suruga Bay and the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine!

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Old and new covers!
Some of the old ones will be kept for emergency replacement while others will be either destroyed or recycled fr the metal.

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Work done!

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The “local media” at work.
Unfortunately they had little or no clue about the manhole covers, their history and what they represented.
A foreign resident had to explain them…

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On my way back I noticed the one in front of one m\of my favorite bars along the Miyuki Cho Street and foreigners talking pictures of it!

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-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
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Manhole Covers In Shizuoka Prefecture 35: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover in Shizuoka City!

Last Friday the Shizuoka Municipal Government finally announced the creation of a new Fire hydrant manhole cover to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle.
I decided some more investigation was in order and I visited the Shizuoka City Hall to find out where it was exhibited.
It wasn’t.
And nobody could tell me where to find it until a nice lady civil servant did some research and told me I would have to go to a Shizuoka City Works Office Water Distribution Department in Nishinakahara on the other side of the station! I actually cycled the wrong way, had to ask the way in a police station who didn’t know much more than me in spite of my 38-year residency.

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南安倍取水場/Minami Abe (of Abe River) Water Pumping Site! Lucky I can read Japanese!

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Looking at the nondescript building/office there is no way to know where you are.
Lucky that nice lady back in the Shizuoka City Hall did some good investigative wrok for me!
Not only this but she had forewarned a young civil servant of my coming!
And the least I can say is that he was ready with information and manhole covers!
But let’s have a look around first!

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Cover for access a small to medium water valve!

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The smallest type of cover for access to a water valve!

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Mr. Yuuta Fujii/藤井勇太さん to whom I’m indebted for the whole investigation!

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The three types of manhole covers (plus the smaller ones) this particular office is in charge of installing and maintaining!
There are other types for electricity, gas, drainage waters, sewers, but they all are the reposiblity of as many offices! No wonder it is so difficult to find out information!

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The traditional fire fighting festival pole, “matoi/纏”!

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The traditional three fire fighting festival pole, a model probably older and definitely rarer!

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The cover commemorating the 400th anniversary of the coming of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu to Sumpu Castle

Most of the above three covers will be replaced with the new one in the two months to come.
Hurry to take photos of them before they disappear!

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The design of the new cover to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle!

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Mr. Fujii had prepared color copies of the information for me!
The design represents Mount Fuji, Miho no Matsubara Beach, Kunozan Toshogun Shrine and Suruga Bay!
Relief accounts fro 54.56% of the surface!

The plaque is fabricated by a Shizuoka Company called Hinode Suidou Kiki Co.!

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40 covers will be fabricated for a total cost of 2,500,000 yen.
Each cover diameter is 530 mm, and each will weigh 24 kg!

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They will be installed to replace ld types around Sumpu Park and along the route from Shizuoka JR Station to the Sengen Shrine!

Mr. Fujii has promised to call me when the first cover will be installed for the benefit of the media!
New report in the offing, then!

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Along the Tokaido Nature Trail to Nihondaira Peak in Shizuoka Ciy!

Mount Fuji is best seen on a winter sunny days and there is an embarrassment of choices as to from what spot to admire it!
Nihondaira Peak inside Shizuoka City, that is in suruga Ku, is one of them.
And if you feel like having some much needed exercise one way to reach Nihondaira peak is to do it on foot!
If you are a fit person, whatever your age, it will take you only a couple of hours walk.
To avoid monotony just go back by bus but beware that the last one is at about 16:00.
Let me relate how I achieved it last week!

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I first took a local train from Shizuoka JR Station and got off at Kusanagi Station.
You can also reach the same destination by riding the Shizutetsu Line from Shizuoka Cenova Department Store!
Get off at Kusanagai and walk till the main crossing ahead. Turn left and look for a big Torii/鳥居 gate which will be your starting point. The torii is that of a very interesting shrine, Kusanagi Shrine I described earlier.
Walk under the torii and proceed straight ahead!

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Don’t forget to look at your feet sometimes and you will discover some interesting manhole covers!

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This type is a pretty old fire hydrant access when Shimizu was still a separate city!

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The same type with a colored center!

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An even older type of Shimizu City fire hydrant cover!

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Go along he Kusanagijinja (Kusanagi Shrine) dori/path!

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Don’t worry, there will be plenty of signs along the route to keep you on the right track!

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First you will reach the Kusanagi Shinto Shrine!

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Spare some of your time to visit it! It is worth it!

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On your way out you will find an interesting manhole cover again!

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Old Shimizu City type featuring Mount Fuji and Miho Beach with Matsubara Forest!

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For collecting river and rain waters!

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Check that you are on the right path!

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Have a good look at the map!

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It is bilingual!

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It also gives you indications on the time needed!

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Your first steps will take you through rural land!

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Green tea fields and the last winter Chinese cabbage!

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You are on the right path!

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Peach tree field!

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This is orange tree land!

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Discovered this cute shed before the next bend!

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it is only a private farm tool shed but the local primary school kids spent a great time decorating it!

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A great idea to help the local kids’ sense of creation!

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Don’t miss the next bend and walk up the passage way above the road!

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A grand view is in wait for you at the top of the stairs before you penetrate the mountain forest!

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Mount Fuji!

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Shizuoka is also the land of green tea in japan!

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A long flight of stairs will lead you to the nature trail going along the top of the mountains!

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You never know, you may meet some elves there!

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Plenty of ferns at the foot of tall cedar trees!

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Follow the trail!

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There are definitely sprites among hose trees! LOL

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Out of the woods and almost at the top of Nihondaira peak!

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Goal!

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What is that statue?

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The story of “The Little Girl with The Red Shoes Who Was taken Away By A Stranger”!

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Coming to one of the top Mount Fuji Viewing Spots in Japan!

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The overview!

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Shimizu Harbor and the Suruga Bay!

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Mount Fuji!

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Suruga Bay and Izu Peninsula in the distance!

I wished I had taken more pictures but I was really running low on batteries!
Moreover the air was a bit hazy. Next time I will take pictures earlier in the morning or before sunset (problem here as there will no more buses unless I visit the place on a busy week-end!)!

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Gokoku Shrine (護国神社) in Yunoki, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Gokoku Shrine (護国神社) in yunoki, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, for all its darker aspects since it is there to mainly look after the souls of soldiers killed in recent wars, is still a place worth a long visit as it also includes a forested park monthly used for flea markets.

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The main entrance torii/gate.
There are many entrances but none of their gates bear a plaque with the name of the shrine.

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Take a look at the stone map of the whole precinct at the entrance!

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Past the main entrance you will walk through a small forest with a big pond on your left inhabited by birds, fish and turtles!

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Even in winter it is a nice place to stroll through.

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Now is the season for the last leaves fall!

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A small bridge will lead you to the main shrine and its park.

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Large modern stone lantern!

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Approaching the main shrine!

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Spare a look at the small edifice on your left!

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Stone washing basin!

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The main torii gate!

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An old torii gate with its “mon”/crest!

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An imposing “smiling” lion guard!

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Its “roaring” companion!

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A traditional lantern!

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The “mon”/crest on the torii gate!

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Past the torii gate!

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It is a major shrine in Shizuoka Prefecture and has its own office and even its museum!

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The main shrine!

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The left roofed aisle!

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The right roofed aisle!

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The stone fence bears many names commemorating past Japanese Army Corps!

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Approaching the main shrine from the right!

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Details of the right aisle roofing!

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Old but in great repair!

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A small money offerings wooden box!

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The main access to the shrine!

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Votive offerings!

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An imposing facade with its rice straw garland and money offerings box!

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The curtains denote the importance of the shrine!

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The Imperial sixteen-petal chrysanthemum crest!

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The shrine also prays for peace and end of wars in the World!

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The traditional plaque with the name of the shrine!

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A peek in the interior past the cherry blossom bearing curtains!

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An enormous Japanese drum for Festivals!

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Off-limits interior!

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Back through the park!

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View of the main entrance on the way back!

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Big traditional stone lanterns at the entrance to the shrine office!

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The clouds and the deer!

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The mountain!

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There is a small but interesting war museum on the second floor.
Next report!

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Dragon picture!

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Stone lantern in the back garden!

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there is a sole kyudo/Japanese archery range open to all at the back of the office!

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Grand old archer!

Actually there is also a kyudo club inside the premises!

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Going out through one of the side entrances!

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Many small stone lanterns along the walkways!

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The side entrance/exit!

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Good-bye, Gokoku shrine!

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Visiting Shizuoka Prefecture by Bus 2: Shimada City~Ikumi Line

When you do not want to drive a car, nor ride a bicycle and when there is no railroad available the best means to travel through Shizuoka Prefecture is the bus. And it can prove cheaper as well!

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This time, still starting from Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Station North Exit Bus Platform, I went north along the Ikumi Line/Ikumi Sen/伊久身線 up in the mountains till the last station called Ikumi (different Japanese characters: 伊久美).
Note there is only one bus every hour!

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My bus!

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Although smaller than tourist buses, such vehicles have very large windows for perfect views!

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The trip altogether last an hour and runs along the Ooi River for about 20 minutes!
This particular line is heavily subsidized by the municipality to help tea farmers up in the mountains and the whole trip costs only 200 yen!

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The city is also taking care of some splendid lawn banks!

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Turning along the Ikumi River a tribute of the Ooi River!

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It becomes pretty narrow at times!

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It runs across narrow farm lands!

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in some areas it becomes a torrent between steep slopes!

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Some spots are very popular for camping, bathing and BBQ’s!

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The green tea grown on these mountains is among the best in Japan!

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These propellers help regulate the air and temperature for the tea leaves!

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Almost arrived!
Only 200 yen!

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My bus at the last stop up in the mountains!

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This very last stop is in Nihama!
Now, let’s walk and ride again!) all the way back to Shimada City to discover the sights!

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What’s over there?

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A splendid kura/蔵/Traditional Japanese warehoues in a perfect state!

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You will find some of the very old abodes of the local farmers!

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Green tea farms!

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A very ancient western-style house buit during the Meiji Era which now serves as a community center!

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It definitely warrants the appellation of a cultural asset!

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Look at that roof!

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Walking along the river…

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Green tea everywhere!

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More green tea!

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What are they doing?

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Catching ayu trouts!

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A sign to warn drivers that they are passing by an elementary school!

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It was a sweltering day and I would have welcomed a dip!

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Plenty of fish there, too!

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The local tea cooperative processing plant!

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The roof is green with tea particles!

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A wild boar hunters’ lodge!
The area is plagued with wild boars, deer and wild monkeys who feat on the farms!

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Some of the local farmers are still obviously well off!

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A double traditional house!

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With its rare and expensive linking hall!

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More modest traditional Japanese farmhouses!

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No, this house is not abandoned!

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It is a community agricultural equipment shed!

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Another ayu trout angler!

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The next bus stop!

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The last post office which also probably serves as a bank!

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The last Police box/”koban”!

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I had a great talk with this gentleman farmer!
He even gave me some frozen wild boar meat!

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We talked in front of his home while I was waiting for the next bus!

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A tiny house shrine!

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I discovered this house along the river decorated with wind toys!

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Beside the bus stop next to the house stood a local Shinto shrine!

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The shrine was called Ooi Uami Shrine dedicated to the Ooi River in Uami District!

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It concealed a far more ancient and minuscule shrine!

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There are many Shinto shrines all along the Ooi River indeed!

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The Hachiman Shrine in Kawaguchi!

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Another bigger one!

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The Kanza Ooi Shrine!

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An even bigger one as I got nearer back to the center of Shimada City!

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The Sonsha Ooi Shrine!

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And even a small one “floating” on a small river!

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But I couldn’t find its name!

Where shall I go next?

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, 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

Wind Spinners House in Uami, Shimada City!

I was walking along the road running beside the Ikumi River/伊久美川 in Shimada City, when I discovered this unusual farm house in Uami/鵜網 district!

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What were all those wind spinners doing along the stone-walled slope?

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Since my bus stop was around the corner ad having plenty of time I decided to investigate!

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Judging from the “Anpanman” figure I first surmised it might have been conceived for the local kids, but as far as I could see there was no school of any kind nearby!

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This type of wind spinner is classic in Japan, although we don’t see often these days!

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Well, it seemed that the owner of the farm house (i should say houses in fact!) wa some kind of collector!

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Interesting way to pour water!

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Knowing that there are a lot of birds and wild animals around, the whole show might also been conceived to frighten critters away from the tea fields!

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Having a light-hearted peek inside the farm house premises!

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More bric-a-brac around!

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Are these wind chimes or wind spinners?

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Thirsty racoon dogs!

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Very old soy sauce pots and sake flasks!

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Offerings to ancestors?

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Beautiful bonsai!

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Interesting way to use discarded clay pots!

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Unusual wind spinners!

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Going down stone stairs on my way back!

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Bye-bye wind spinners!

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The more I think about it the more I believe I should come back again and try to interview the owners!

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, Pie
rre.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

Traditional Japanese Garden in Youshyu Temple (養秀寺) in Shimo, Aoi Ku , Shizuoka City!

If you cycle (or ride, or walk) along the Abe River, you are bound to find many a Shinto Shrine or Buddhist temple along the way especially if you keep to side streets/road between the main road and the abutting mountain slopes!

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That is how I found this small Buddhist Temple up a short but very steep slope.
I do not so much interest in Buddhist Temples and their cemeteries, but you never know as you might find something out of the usual from time to time!

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For people interested in such matters the name of the Temple is Youshyu Ji/養秀寺 of the Soutoushyuu/曹洞宗 Buddhist Sect!

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This tiny traditional Japanese garden was the reason for a longer visit!

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The whole measured 2 x 3 meters at the most with a miniature mountain stream landscape!

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only a few carps, but big and all of diffrent colors!
That alone is worth a lot of money!
Mind you, Buddhist Temples in Japan, however small they may be, are always rich!

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, Pie
rre.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

Abandoned Shizuoka: Ivy Building in Otowa Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

In shizuoka City, except for obvious designs, a lot of ivy is almost certainly a sign of abandonment considering the mild and humid climate!

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i had to cycle past it to finally notice this old building, obviously a company of some kind in Otowa Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I actually noticed it first from an angle across a car park!

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The nearer you get the thicker the ivy appears!
Mind you this full summer!

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They haven’t opened windows for ages!

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Covered with ivy on at least three sides!

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I truly wonder what’s hiding inside! LOL

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, Pie
rre.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

Visiting Shizuoka Prefecture by Bus: Shimada City~Yoshida Cho~Makinohara City

When you do not want to drive a car, nor ride a bicycle and when there is no railroad available the best means to travel through Shizuoka Prefecture is the bus. And it can prove cheaper as well!

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I have very few occasions to visit the Yoshida Cho and Makinohara City areas by the waters of Suruga Bay in Central Shizuoka Prefecture as they are simply too far from the railroad linking the cities of Atamai and Hamamatsu through Mishimsa, Fuji, Shizuoka, Shimada and Kakegawa, but I found an easy enough way to reach them!

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First of all ride the train till Shimada JR Station along the Tokaido Line and get out from the North exit!

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Do pay a visit to the tourism information bureau on the left where they will give you all the information you need and more!

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The bus stop, No 3, is just across the street!

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Don’t forget to check the timetable!
There is only one bus to Shizunami/静波, a beach resort in Makinohara City/真琴腹市!
Mind you, considering the distance and the destination, it is more than enough!

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The bus of the Shizutetsu Company (based in Shizuoka City, but covering most of central Shizuoka Prefecture!)!

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Riding along Oi River!

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Finally crossing Oi River and riding full south!

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The Oi River, a major river in Japan, needed no less than 650 resident porters during the Edo Era!

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Check the map inside the bus. Drivers will always kindly answer to your enquiries and indicate your stop when needed!

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My first destination and actual terminal for that particular bus: Shizunami Kaigan Iriguchi/静波海岸入口/Entry to Shizunami Beach (860 yen from Shimada City)!

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Checking the bus schedule for my next destination before walking down to the beach!

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I will have to leave from that bus stop sign for my next destination!
Ok! Let’s start walking!

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No need for a guide, just follow the bathers!

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Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple (真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺)
I had to forget the bathers walking ahead as there too many distractions on the way! LOL

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Quite a few rich residences along the way, too!

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Found my bathers again!

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These gourds seem popular with the local farmers!

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Summer beach camps and parking lots along the way as we get nearer!

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Ubiquitous beach hotel!

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The ocean!

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Lonely mermaid?

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Official entrance to the beach!

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Beach facilities! A bit old to my taste!
This beach is not really a major one in this Prefecture, after all!

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Bathers!

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Young lifeguard!

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Japanese beaches are always heavily monitored, that is only in July and August!

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Taking a dip!

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At low tide the waves are innocuous, although they can be pretty big in other seasons!

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Not many bathers on a weekday in spite of the heat!

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Useful map in four languages!

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If you go to the right along the unguarded part of the beach you will discover many wild oysters!

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Public bathing prohibited there!

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Walking back to the entrance!

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Good-bye, Shizunami!

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back to the bus terminal in Shizunami, I will next leave from this bus stop used by the bus running from Fujieda City/藤枝市 to Sagara/相良, also in Makinonara City/牧之原市!
The destination is Sagara Eigyoujyou/相良営業所!

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One bus every hour!

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Having reached my destination in Sagara I ascertained that I would have to leave from that particular bus stop to take the bus going back into the direction of Fujieda City!

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Of course I checked the timetable!
Plenty of time to visit the place!

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Let’s walk and find the beach first!

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Getting across the main thoroughfare (quite busy, actually!)!

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Turn left for the sun beach!

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This very part of the beach is very dangerous and closed to tourists!

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At last!
Sagara beach is a minor tourist attraction in Shizuoka prefecture, but this is a major fishing area!

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The facilities are a bit old, but the drinks and foos steeply priced!

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A few hardy bathers only!

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Deep sea and treacherous currents beyond the tetrapods!

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Vast beach!

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Pleasant enough sea for the kids!

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Good-bye Sagara Fun Beach!
I decided to have a look at the small town!

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Cheap local makuwa melons and Hime sakura watermelons!

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This area is famous for its vegetables, especially leaf ginger and mini melons (the latter mostly eaten pickled!)!

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Interesting touristic tile signs on the pavement!
Sagara is celebrated for its big kites!

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Unusual in Japan: an antique fire hydrant!
Still in use, apparently!

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Some rich ancient families still live there!

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On my way back from sagara into the direction of Fujieda I changed buses at a stop in front of Makinihara City Police Station to board the bus running back from Shizunami to Shimada City as I wanted to halt o the way in Sumiyoshi/住吉, Yoshida Cho,吉田町 to vist a great Shinto Shrine!

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Kataoka Shrine/片岡神社, dedicated to the Sumiyoshi God/住吉!

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This particular shrine was founded to protect local fishermen!

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At the back you will discover a beautiful wooden kura/Japanese warehouse!

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It is owned by the Oomura Soy sauce Company!

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A beautiful sunset greeted me back in Shimada City!

See you on the next trip!

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, Pie
rre.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