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Arabian Nights Build Raika III in Yoshiwara, Fuji City-The Tackiest Building in Shizuoka Prefecture!

Sometimes, through pure chance, you discover a seemingly completely out of place sight in a city in Japan!

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At the very end of Honcho Street in Yoshiwara,Fuji City, I discovered what could be considered the tackiest building in Shizuoka Prefecture: Arabian Nights Build Raika III!

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The side entrance to the access to the joints on the side of the buuilding.
Mind you it just for a field day for a photographer in search of the unusual of of the very bad taste of an era gone!

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Stairway to heaven?

It is actually still very much in use!
Obviously the whole building houses entertainments of the dubious kind…
Interestingly enough, the name of “Yoshiwara” is found in many a city in Japan as the name for the local “amusement quarters”!

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I wonder if ladies invite customers from that veranda at night?

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Two of the signs say “Holy Night” and “Casanova”!

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The flowers on the first flower means that a new place has just opened!

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Not short of well-wishers!

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Stained glass windows?

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Pity I didn’t have the time to admire it with all the neon lights ablaze at night!

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Did you know that the color “pink” in Japan means the same as the color “blue” in Western countries? LOL

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An emergency escape route for a pennyless customer?

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A Ramen Club! Serious!

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Still a Chinese Dragon is a bit out of place, a desert jinn wuld have been more appropriate!

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The irony of it all is that the back exit of the alley opens onto a large Buddhist temple cemetery!
From Paradise to Hell, or vice versa?

Access:
Get off at Yoshiwara JR Railway Station along the Tokaido railway Line. Transfer to the Yaoshiwara Station of the private Gakunan Railways and get off at “Yoshiwara Honcho” Station.
Walk straight till the very end of Honcho Street!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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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!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Hachimangu Shrine (八幡宮神社) in Shimada City (Rokugo JR Station)!

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If you get off at Rokugo Station/六合駅 between Fujieda City and Shimada City JR Stations, go out through the south exit and you will find one of the five Shinto Shrines called Hachimangu in Shimada City!

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Stone lantern at the main gate

It is quite small but ancient.
Its small park seems popular with the local lovers who don’t have many places to talk in peace in this islated part of Shimada City!

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Moon and crescent motif openings of the the front gate stone lanterns!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Like any shrine, it is surrounded with old trees, not that remarkable, except for an old cherry tree with pure white blossoms!

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The main shrine building!

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Different and probably older stone lanterns!

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The deer and cloud motifs!

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The mountain motif!

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Like many other shrines, a more recent building stands in front of the original shrine whose access is guarded.

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The money offering box and the praying bell and rope!

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A bit too thin rice straw garland, but an interesting wooden motif!

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Taking a peek inside!

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A side view of both roofs!

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I couldn’t figure out what this roof decoration meant!

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Classical pinion motif!

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Good-bye, Hachimangu shrine!

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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
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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City