Tea Festival Mural in Kanaya, Shizuoka Prefecture!


Yesterday during my visit to Kanaya, Shimada City, to collect as much information on the coming tea festival I belatedly noticed this big mural on the left hand side of the Kanaya JR Station exit! Actually many of my Japanese friends hadn’t heard of it!


Mind you, it does look quite recent!
Let’s have a look at it!


In fact the mural depicts scenes of the tea festival only!
Dancing “Tea Girls”


Dancing Tea Girls and men beating smaller type Jpanaese drums!
The taiko/太鼓/drumming is also an imprtant part of the Festival!


Men striking small and big drums!


The whole mural is actually a double reflection of the scene!


Looking forward to watching the real dancing Tea Girls on April 12th~13th!


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4 thoughts on “Tea Festival Mural in Kanaya, Shizuoka Prefecture!”

  1. Will the Chamusume (tea dancers) be doing the parade on both weekend days at the same times? Seeing these, at least once, is probably our highest priority of the festival elements, that we so far know about, with the drum and chariot elements coming a close second. What other aspects of the matsuri do the poster and brochures describe that we non-japanese-fluent visitors might want to experience?

    We also want to revisit the wonderful tea museum this weekend…do you know it’s hours on the 12th and 13th? It would be ideal if an english/japanese-speaker were there this time, so we could better understand displays and gift-shop products

    Thanks, – Don

    1. Dear Don, I already got more detailed pamphlets and new ones will distributed on the 6th of April in Shizuoka City JR Station. I will check the exact schedules, but I’m pretty sure that the chamusume dance, the drums and the chariots are programmed at different times allowing us to see all three in one day.
      I will put my friend to contribution!
      Cha no Sato/Tea Museum (check my report at: http://shizuokagourmet.com/the-tea-museum-o-cha-no-sato/) will be open on Saturday and Sunday.
      It is open between 09:00 and 17:00.
      Weather permitting (let’s cross our fingers!) I can propose you the following:
      I can personally be with you in Shimada/Kanaya on Saturday to visit the Tea Museum and the Hourai Bridge from around 13:00 (I could arrange an even earlier time) till night, which should give us enough time.
      On Sunday I can be with you all day from 09:00 till 21:00 when the Matsuri finishes.
      I can meet you either at Shimada or Kanaya or Shizuoka Stations. Where do you plan to stay?
      What do you think!
      And do not worry, it is great pleasure to help you for the fun of it! In any case I will do my own report on the event, whidh will give you plenty of references later back home!
      Best regards,

  2. Hello and Konichiwa, Robert,

    We anticipate arriving from Tokyo on early shin-train to Shizuoka station Saturday morning the 12th, and leaving our baggage at our lodging site, (still to be finalized…any suggestions?) Will probably spend late morning in downtown area…would you be interested in meeting us somewhere there for lunch?

    Plans are still in process, but so far, we look to spend that Saturday and Sunday in your area and then head for Matsumoto, via Nagoya, early Monday, hoping to stop on the way, early pm, to experience Tsumago. Then back to Tokyo on Tuesday, completing the “triangle” around that area where some claim that there is a nobel Yama named “Fuji”

    (In as much as we’ve spent cumulatively, over two months in Tokyo region of Japan, over these previous four visits, without ever seeing anything of it but fog and clouds where it’s said to stand, the theory we’ve evolved, so far, is that it doesn’t really exist, and is just something routinely “photoshopped” into all the tourism-directed pictures…LOL…a theory we still hope to put to rest, by actually catching a glimpse of it, somewhere on this years visit and triangular train journey.)

    I’m still hoping to get a private e-ddress for communicating with you, to fill in more details, ask other questions that we’d prefer not to have “broadcast” on the blog, probably boring your other readers.

    And I want to again thank you for your kindness, in helping make this Shizuoka visit most memorable for us and to a long-continuing friendship beyound……

    Sincerely, – Don and Barbie

  3. Dear Don and Barbie! Greetings!
    You will be still in April, so you should have a good chance to see Mount Fuji on your way to Shizuoka City!
    As for your hotel what is your budget? There are plenty of hotels near the station within practical foot access.
    Let’s meet for lunch on Saturday!
    I will check hotels as soon as I know your budget!
    Best regards,

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