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

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

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

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

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Take your time and take a rest if need be!

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The whole path is lined with venerable pine trees!

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

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

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An incredibly shaped pine tree!

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

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

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

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The Legend of Hagoromo 5
Playing on her lute she performed the “Dance of the Moon.

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

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

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Naturally the hotel has a statue commemorating the legend!

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

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

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Very good English explanations!

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

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The very tree and its low branch!

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More information but only in Japanese!

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The Matsubara Pine Tree Forest!

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The Noh play takes place there!

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

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Visitors come from all over Japan!

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

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Many people of course visit the beach!

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The Suruga Bay!

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

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But it is still too early for the bathing season!

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

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