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Hiroshige Illuminations in Gofuku Street, Shizuoka City!

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I Have already introduced the 45 (out of 53 + 2) Ukiyo-e By Hiroshige (Utagawa Hiroshige), the last great ukiyo-e/wood block prints master in Japan that you can find on red granite posts all along Gofuku Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Gofuku Street at night.

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Now at night the same red granite posts are surmounted with large lights with the same motif of the ukiyo-e represented below!

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The Ukiyo-e below!

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The Ukiyo-e above!

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They certainly look better than those garish, expensive and bad taste illuminations in Aoba Street that Gofuku Street runs across!

Let me show you some more examples:

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Above!

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Below!

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The “introduction” post!

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Below!

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Above!

Let me show you just a few more:

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Above!

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Below!

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Above!

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Below!

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Above!

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Below!

I’ll let discover/rediscover the others!
There 45 + 1 in all!

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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

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Hiroshige Wood Block Prints for All in Gofuku Cho Street in Shizuoka City! 31~45

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Wood Block Print 31)
Hamamatsu (Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

SYNOPSIS

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese: 歌川 広重), also Andō Hiroshige (Japanese: 安藤 広重; 1797 – 12 October 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition.
Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō.

Although you can see all 53 wood block prints at the Hiroshige Museum in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, did you know you can see 45 (at the final check today!) of them daily if you walk along Gofuku Cho Street?

I’m preparing a total compilation of the ukiyo-e only, including the ones missing, that is a total of 53+2= 57!

Before I proceed with the last ukiyo-e of this series I want to show you a few more pictures of art works created with them!

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Gofuku Cho Street Sign at the entrance of Gofuku Cho Street!

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Double bar bench?

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Geisha’s Face!

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Geisha and Suitor’s faces!

Alright, let’s proceed to the pedestals and wood block prints!

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Pedestal 31)
Geisha in the Wind!

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Pedestal 32)
Traveling Porter!

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Wood Block Print 32)
27th Station: Fukuroi (Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 33)
Traveling Mother and Child!

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Wood Block Print 33)
25th Station: Nissaka (presently in Kakekagawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 34)
Shamisen-Playing Geisha!

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Wood Block Print 34)
23rd Station: Shimada (Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 35)
Mother Carrying Child on her Back!

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Wood Block Print 35)
21st Station: Okabe (presently in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 36)
Mother Carrying her Son on her Back!

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Wood Block Print 36)
19th Station: Fuchu (presently Shizuoka City)!

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Pedestal 37)
Two-Sword Samurai in the Wind!

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Wood Block Print 37)
17th Station: Okitsu (presently in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City)!

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Pedestal 38)
Housewife!

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Wood Block Print 38)
10th Station: Hakone (Hakone, Kanagawa prefecture)!

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Pedestal 39)
Farmer’s Wife Carrying Produce on her Head and Son on her back!

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Wood Block Print 39)
5th Station: Totsuka (presently Totsuka Ku, Yokohamam City, Kanagawa Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 40)
Porter!

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Wood Block Print 40)
2nd Station: Kawasaki (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 41)
Resting Mother and Two Children!

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Wood Block Print 41)
Not a Station but the starting point at Nihonbashi, The Bridge o Japan in Edo (presently Tokyo)!

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Pedestal 42)
Young Girl with Umbrella!

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Wood Block Print 42)
1st Station: Shinagawa (presently in Tokyo)!

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Pedestal 43)
Horse Rider!

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Wood Block Print 43)
4th Station: Hodogaya (presently Hodogaya Ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 44)
Mother Carrying Child on her Back under Unbrella!

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Wood Block Print 44)
6th Station: Fujisawa (Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 45)
Mother and Grandmother Playing with Child!

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Wood Block Print 45)
11th Station: Mishiima (Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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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

Hiroshige Wood Block Prints for All in Gofuku Cho Street in Shizuoka City! 21~30

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Wood Block Print 21)
Sanjo Bridge at Keishi (Kyoto). Not a station but the end of the Tokaido Trail!

SYNOPSIS

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese: 歌川 広重), also Andō Hiroshige (Japanese: 安藤 広重; 1797 – 12 October 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition.
Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō.

Although you can see all 53 wood block prints at the Hiroshige Museum in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, did you know you can see 47 (at the last double check yesterday!) of them daily if you walk along Gofuku Cho Street?

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Pedstal 219
Soap Bubble Playing Boy!

Actually, these ukiyo-e/Wood Block Prints by Hiroshige is only part of a whole city decoration concept including statues and benches made of similar material with Edo period “Characters”. I found more for your interest yesterday!

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Monocycle?

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“Wa”!
In Japan a full circle also means “peace” or “harmony”!

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Thinking about it again the ring is probably supposed to roll along that contraption!

Alright, let’s go back again to the prints!

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Pedestal 22)
Old Lord Looking up!

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Wood Block Print 22)
53rd Station: Otsu (presently, Otsu City, Shiga OPrefecture)!

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Pedestal 23)
Resting and Thinking Traveler!

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Wood Block Print 23)
50th Station: Minakuchi (presently Koka City in Shiga Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 24)
Traveler in the wind and rain!

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Wood Block Print 24)
47th Station: “Ski/The Barrier” (presently in Kameyama City, Mie Prefecture)

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Pedestal 25)
Foot Travelers!

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Wood Block print 25)
45th Station: Shono (presently part of Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 26)
Mother and Child!

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Wood Block Print 27)
42nd Station: Kuwana (presently kuwana City, Mie Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 27)
Crouching Old men!

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Wood Block Print 27)
40th Station: Narumi (presently part of Midori Ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 28)
Traveler!

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Wood Block Print 28)
38th Station: Okazaki (presently Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 29)
Geisha in her Parlor!

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Wood Block Print 29)
35th Station: Goyu (presently port of Toyokawa City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 30)
Relaxing Geisha!

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Wood Block Print 30)
32nd Station: Shirasuka (presently in Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

To be continued…

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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

Hiroshige Wood Block Prints for All in Gofuku Cho Street in Shizuoka City! 11~20

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Wood Block Print 11)
28th Station: Mitsuke (Tenryuu, presently Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

SYNOPSIS

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese: 歌川 広重), also Andō Hiroshige (Japanese: 安藤 広重; 1797 – 12 October 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition.
Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō.

Although you can see all 53 wood block prints at the Hiroshige Museum in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, did you know you can see 42 (that what I counted and took in pictures yesterday although I’ll double check today!) of them daily if you walk along Gofuku Cho Street?

Actually I double checked and found a few more!
Moreover, the indications to find them were slightly wrong!
You will find all these ukiyo-e and more from along Gofuku Cho Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, past the first crossing up the street from Gofuk Cho Scrmable, that is where Gofuku-Cho Street crosses the main Street called Egawa Street up the Shizuoka Bank headquarters!

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Geisha Visage!

Actually, these ukiyo-e/Wood Block Prints by Hiroshige is only part of a whole city decoration concept including statues and benches made of similar material with Edo period “Characters” that I thought useful to show you before proceeding with the Wood Block Prints

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Boy!

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Pillared bench!

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Dancing Geishas!

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Edo Travelers!

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Riding Boy!

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Mount Fuji overlooking Shizuoka City, formerly called “Fuchu” or “Sumpu”!

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Ball Bench!

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Hole and rest Bench!

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Ring Bench!

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handle Bench!

Alright, let me take you back to the Wood Block Prints!

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Pedestal 11) Two-sword Samurai!

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Wood Block Print 11)
28th Station: Mitsuke (Tenryuu, presently Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 12) Traveling Woman!

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30th Station: Maisaka (presently part of Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 13) Porter!

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Wood Block Print 13)
31st Station: Arai (presently part of Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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pedestal 14) Sitting Woman!

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Wood Block Print 14)
35th Station: Yoshida (presently part of Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 15) Woman with Umbrella!

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Wood Block print 15)
36th Station: Akasaka (presently in Toyokawa City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 16) Traveling Samurais!

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Wood Block Print 16)
39th Station: Chiryu (Chiru City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 17) Wooden Sword Fencing Practice!

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Wood Block print 17)
41st Station: Miya (presently part of Atsuta ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 18) Porter!

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Wood Block Print 18)
43rd Station: Yokkaichi (Yokkaichi City, mie Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 19) Sword dancer?

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Wood Block print 19)
46th Station: Kameyama (Kameayama City, Mie Prefecture)!

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Pedestal 20) Child dancer?

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Wood Block Print 20)
52nd Station: Kusatsu (Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture)!

To be continued…

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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, Pierre.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

Hiroshige Wood Block Prints for All in Gofuku Cho Street in Shizuoka City! 1~10

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Wood Block Print 1)!
15th Station: Kambara (presently Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City) in the snow!

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese: 歌川 広重), also Andō Hiroshige (Japanese: 安藤 広重; 1797 – 12 October 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition.
Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō.

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Map of old Sumpu/Shizuoka City at the crossroads by the Mitsukoshi-Isetan Department Store.

Although you can see all 53 wood block prints at the Hiroshige Museum in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, did you know you can see 42 (that what I counted and took in pictures yesterday although I’ll double check today!) of them daily if you walk along Gofuku Cho Street?

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“Fuchu”

They concentrated on both sides of Gofuku Cho Street between Mitsukoshi-Isetan Department Store and Shizuoka Bank Headquarters Building.
As far as I know, the order seemed haphazard and I found only 42 of the 53 wood bock prints but I will hav e to double check!

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I just realized yesterday I had been walking past them for years. The reason for this crazy miss is that people have the habit of stacking their bicycles against the red granite pedestals on which they stand.
A real pity as the stands themselves are carved into beautiful reliefs , all different!
I sometimes wish that the Japanese, and the Shizuokaites in particular, gave a little more respect and recognition for their culture…

Alright, there is no point crying about it, let me take you along, then!
And don’t forget your camera or sketch book!

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Pedestal 1) A porter?

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Wood Block Print 1)!
15th Station: Kambara (presently Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City) in the snow!
Actually Hiroshige never traveled in the snow and drew this picture from his own imagination!

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Pedestal 2) Mother and Child

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Wood Block print 2)
13th Station: Hara (presently in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)

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Pedestal 3) Hiroshige traveling on a horse?

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Wood Block print 3)
12th Station: Numazu (Shizuoka Prefecture)

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Pedestal 4) Geisha

Note: I started moving bicycles away without any ceremony form that point!
Passers-by just ignored me! LOL

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Wood Block Print 4)
14th Station: Yoshiwara (Just between Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City and Fuji City)

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Pedestal 5) Farmer Housewife and son?

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Wood Block Print 5)
16th Station: Yui, Shimisu Ku, Shizuoka City

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Pedestal 6) Young Lord or Kabuki actor?

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Wood Block Print 6)
18th Station: Ejiri (presently Shimizu harbor, Shimizu ku, Shizuoka City)

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Pedestal 7) Boy hanging onto a branch or bar
How do I know it is a boy/ Look carefully! LOL

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Wood Block Print 7)
20th Station: Mariko (presently in Shizuoka City)

mariko-stamp

The same was reproduced on a Japanese commemorative stamp!

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Pedestal 8) A tired porter!

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Wood Block print 8)
22nd Station: Fujieda (Fujieda City. Shizuoka Prefecture)

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Pedestal 9) Servant sweeping with a broom

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Wood Block Print 9)
24th Station: Kanaya (presently in Shimada City. Crossing of the Oi River. Shizuoka Prefecture)

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Pedestal 10) Porter

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Wood Block print 10)
26th Station: Kakegawa (Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture)

To be continued….

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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

Shizuoka City Zagyo-So Museum Saionji Kinmochi Villa in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Saionji Kinmochi/西園寺公望 (1849~1940) was a prominent diplomat for Japan especially in France who witnessed the passage of japan from feudalism to modern times.
He was born in October 1849 as the second son of Tokudaiji Kinito, the Minister of the Right. One of Japan’s modern elder statesmen, he live d a long life spanning the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods as a liberal politician until the age of 91 when he passed away in November 1940.

Zagyo-So named by Viscount Chifuyu, was built facing the scenic Kiyomi lagoon in 1919 when Saionji was 70 years old as a place to lead a quiet life in his later years.

Times change and on March 18th, 1971, Zagyo-So was moved to Museum Meiji Mura located in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture. It is still shown today as a National Tangible Designated Cultural Asset.

Now a reproduction of Zagyo-So has been created on the land where it once stood thanks to the strong will of Okitsu (Shimizu Ku) people, the business world and the full cooperation and guidance from the Meiji Mura Foundation!

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To reach Zagyo-So get down at okitsuJR Station along the Tokaido railway Line, go straight to the main street, turn right and walk past Seikenji Temple.
You will eventually find the sign above on your left-hand side. You v\can’t miss it!

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A sign both in Japanese and in English will exlpain where you are!
Incidentally visits are free and volunteer guides (Japanese only usually) are on hand to show you around!

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Walk towards the entrance.

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The place is not that big, so take your time to notice the small details!

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The entrance!

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The back garden side facade!

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Past the entrance!

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Kaguya Hime Dolls!

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The whole place is very much naturally lighted in daytime!

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Photographs of the original Zagyo-So and Saionji Kinmochi in his late years!

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Time slip!

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Main room with Tokonoma!

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A well-lit “tsurou/hall”!

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the small musueum dedicated to the life of Saionji Kinmochi!

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Many pictures taken during his long life!

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Saionji Kinmochi as a samurai at 17, a student in Paris, an Ambassador in Germany at 40 and as a Minister for Culture in the 2nd Itoh Prime Minister Cabinet!

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More pictures, especially as a foreign diplomat who met French Minister Georges Clemenceau many a time!

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Personal artifacts and personal seals!

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Apparently he had a special liking for amanatto/sweet fermented beans confectionery!

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More original photos!

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The traditional Japanese bathroom!

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The washroom besides the toilets!

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Walking around the place gives you a good idea of traditional Japanese households before WWII!

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More recent pictures of the original building!
The guide told me it had to be moved and replaced as it was nearly falling apart!

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Emperor and Empress Showa visited the place in Novemeber 1957!

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Detailed pictures of the reconstruction!

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City workers pruning the trees in the garden!

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A so simple and so beautiful Tokonoma!

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Another view to give an idea of the room!

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One of the studies!

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Japanese style wall cupboard with Japanese tea box!

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Traditional Japanese toilets!
The guide told me it must have been hard on the old man’s knees!

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The traditional Japanese kitchen!

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Another time slip!

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Valuable utensils, especially tea ceremony ones were washed in this separate basin outside the kitchen.
The guide told me that the Master of The House washed his hands there, too!

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A space dedicated to Saionji Kinmochi’s personal maid, the second most important person after his spouse!

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A picture of the phone they were using at the time!

Shizuoka City Zagyo-So Museum Saionji Kinmochi Villa

424-0206 Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Okitsu, Seikenji Cho, 115
Tel. & Fax: 054-369-2221
Visiting hours:
Weekdays: 10:00~17:00
Saturdays, Sundays & national Holidays: 09:30~17:30
Closed on Mondays (or the day after if a National Holiday) and from December 29th thru January 3rd
Free entrance

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Seikenji Temple in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I’m an agnostic and cares little for religion but it would be a grave oversight to ignore some of the grand Buddhist temples or Shinto Shrines in Japan and Shizuoka Prefecture as they are a great source of history, architecture, art and culture.
I can always leave the obvious religious connotations to the care of friend bloggers with different priorities!
There is a major Buddhist Temple in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, which definitely deserves a lot of attention, namely Seikenji Temple/清見寺 along the Tokaido Road.
Just follow me and I’ll explain along the way!

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First take a train on JR Tokaido Line and get off at Okitsu Station.

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Get out of the station and walk till the main road and turn right.
At the station you will see this sign clearly indicating you are about to discover Seikenji Temple!
Bear in mind this is a good 15~20 minute walk, so choose a bright shiny (no hot) day!

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While you are at it take the time to read the other signs describing the Tokai Nature Trail Bypass Course!

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Definitely worth reading it!

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Halfway find this sign along the right hand side signboard for a little history of the Tokaido Road!

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You cannot miss it and take the time to read the board there, too!

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Walk up the stairs and through the first portal before you cross over the Tokaido Railway Line!

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Take your time for plenty of pictures!

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From the railway line overhead bridge!

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Trains run along every 5~10 minutes!

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Past the bridge proceed to your right.

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The main entrance Gate!

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Temples are always well protected!

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Buddhist temples as a general look after a big cemetery.

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Being religious or not there are always plenty of quaint sights!

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One of the main buildings!

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Walking across the outside plum tree garden!
In the right season the place is exploding into superb colors!

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But before proceeding any further turn left and penetrate a strange place with even stranger figures!

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All the faces and in some many cases most of the postures of these “deities” are different!

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In daytime they look quite benign!

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This is one of these oldest parts of Seikenji Temple built during the Nara Era!

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Great contrast between old wood and tiles and the bright sky!

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The entrance portal overlooking Okitsu Harbor!

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The “bonsho” bell tower!

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The “garyubai/臥龍唄” plum tree variety was developed there by the Overlord Tokugawa Ieyasu in the beginning of the 17th Century.
It is also the name of a famous Japanese sake brand brewed by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku!

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Over the entrance you will find the Hollyhock/Aoi/葵 represented on Tokugawa Ieyasu Mon/Japanese Arms/文!

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Past the entrance, ring the (real bronze) bell and a monk will collect a 300 yen visiting fee (very small considering the importance of the place!)!

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Don’t forget to take off your shoes and put on slippers before climbing the small stairs to the main room!

Note: There are plenty of “washrooms” there so take your time!

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There is an advised route to follow but you are free to wander, so I went to have a look at the inner garden!

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But I couldn’t walk back to take a picture of this magnificent phoenix!

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The space dedicated to Buddhist services.

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Plenty to read overhead!

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back to the garden, which is small but is still nationally designated as a place of scenic beauty!

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Wave-patterned gravel bed!

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There are plenty of cultural assets including this coffer with the hollyhock crest!

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Sorry for the disorder but this the real order I took pictures! Professional are going to kick me! LOL

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The temple not being too big you can get a good impression of the architecture!

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Guest/meeting room and sliding doors.

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Another picture of the garden taken through an opening!

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The main room with a “tokonoma”!

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Yet another view into the garden!

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A verdant island!

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The famous monk, Hakuin!

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An antique “shamisen”!

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A colorfully decorated “tansu”!

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A view of the front plum tree garden!

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The real pictures of the whole crew of 104 sailors aboard the Tsukijima Maru Ship which got marooned in the Suruga Bay just in front of Okitsu.
The ship was subsequently attacked by rebel samurais who had not surrendered in spite of their defeat in Hakodate and roamed the country for many years after.
The whole crew was killed and thrown overboard.
Jirochoo, a notable of Shimizu City became a local hero when he personally collected all their bodies to give them a decent funeral.
But that is the official story… A volunteer guide confided me that the so-called hero actually was in a hurry to clean the sea and shore to allow fishing again as soon as possible…

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The place does contain many precious drawings!

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One can walk up to a smaller meeting room on the next floor.

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For another grand view of Okitsu Harbor!

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An overhead view of the entrance lobby!

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Hakuin again!
His face can be seen on the labels of Hakuin Masamune Japanese Sake bottles produce by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!

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Back through the outside garden!

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When you leave take the side exit down the stairs and across the railway line!

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See you there again next February when the plum trees will be in full bloom!

SEIKENJI TEMPLE
Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Okitsu
Tel.: 054-369-0028
Hours: 08:30~16:30 (closed during services)
Admission: 300 yen (adults), 200 yen Junior and Senior High School Students), 100 yen (Primary School Students)

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