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Cruise Ship Tour in Toyama City

2016年12月7日 水曜日

Toyama city on October 20, 2016. Fugan canal conects Kansui Koen park, which is located near Toyama Station with Iwase District of Toyama port.

Morike is an old merchant house at Iwase District. Nakajima Lock,which is situated in the middle of the canal works to lift ships or lower them when they go through the lock. Azami is the city grass for Toyama city.

Tojinbo Cliffs

2015年12月23日 水曜日






















We visited Tojinbo on Dec. 20, 2015. It was unexpectedly fine day. We have mostly cloudy, rainy or snowy days in the Hokuriku region in winter. Tojinbo has two meanings. One is the name of Cliffs coastal line. The other is the name of a misbehaved Buddhist priest.  Tojinbo is the shore area of Fukui prefecture in the Sea of Japan. The cliffs’ rocks stretch along the coastal line about 1 km long. The cliffs are about 25 meter tall. The rocks form columnar joints being composed of multi-pyroxine andesite. The rocks are mostly basalt rocks.

Legendary it is said that a corrupt Buddhist priest, named Tojinbo was thrown from the cliffs into the sea by his fellow priests.

We walked along the coastal path to reach Oshima island. It took about 40 minutes.

Kanazawa Station, JR Train Station

2012年9月5日 水曜日

Omotenashi Dome, a big hall with a glassed-in roof top. It suggests unfolding a big umbrella. US Travel Magazine” Travel Leisure” picks up  Kanazawa Station as one of the World’s Most Beautiful Train Stations. The Station is introduced in No.7  out of 16 stations in the magazine.

Tsuzumimon Gate, a big wooden hand-drum shaped gate. Noh Play is very popular among the citizens in Kanazawa. Small hand-drums called Tsuzumi are used as one of the music instruments in a Noh Play.

Tudumi, a small hand drum for a Noh Play. You can get high pitch when you squeeze the code.

A cool fountain in front of the Tudumimon Gate attracts tourists. Welcome words both in English and Japanese, and time are displayed like a digital clock.

Bus Stop No.3 is where loop bus for Kanazawa sight-seeing leaves and arrives every 12 minutes.  One-way loop bus covers main tourist attractions.

A bronze kettle art work is displayed near Bus Stop No.3. Here is the bus stop for Kanazawa one-day loop bus. I want to start one-day no reservation tour by taking a loop bus. It is a temporary project to see the demand. No tour, when Takashi’s  schedule is booked. Contact!

A colorful midsize bus is in service  for one-day sight-seeing loop bus.

Hokutetsu Ekimae Center, where you can get a one-day loop bus ticket. A few steps from bus stop No.1 of the east gate of the station.

Forus building with a big screen depicting Kanazawa.

A coffee shop under the big screen.

Hotels around the station are as follows.

ANA Crown Plaza Kanazawa Hotel

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa, JAL Hotel

APA Hotel Kanazawa Ekimae

Garden Hotel Kanazawa

Kanazawa Miyako Hotel

Hotel Kanazawa

Hotel Via Inn Kanazawa

Post Office in the Station, where ATM is installed.


Takayama Miyagawa River

2012年5月29日 火曜日

Extremely long-arm goblin, Tenaga and long-leg goblin, Ashi-naga are displayed on the railing of Kaji-bashi bridge.  Te-naga and Ashi-naga folklore is handed down in Japan, which represents the god of immortal.  There is another folk tale about the creature. This creature was regarded as a hobgoblin,a ghostly apparition, Yokai in Japanese. The creatures with their weird long arms and long legs are said to do wrong to people. So, two different traditions about Te-naga and Ashi-naga.  There is a shrine to dedicate the creatures in Nagano prefecture.

Ashi-naga and Miyagawa river.


Te-naga, long-arm goblin sits on the Kaji-bashi bridge railing.

Te-naga and Asi-naga sculptures were made by Yoroku Taniguchi, a sculptor of the late Edo Period.

Red colored Naka-bashi bridge crosses over the Miyagawa river.

The bridge has a decoration of Giboshi, which is modeled after the shape of onion flower.

Takayama Jinya, administrative office of Tokugawa goverment is over there. The bridge connected Jinya and old merchant town in the Edo Period.

Horikawa Cruising in Matsue

2011年12月7日 水曜日

Horikawa cruising boat starts here. It takes about 50 minutes to cruise in the moat of Matsue Castle, the river and the canal.

A boat with a small engine cruises in the moat.

A boatman carefully steers the boat through the narrow passage under the bridge.

During the winter, a kotatsu, a low table inside a heat source covered with futon is installed.

Karakoro Art Museum, former Bank of Japan’s office building. The boat stops over at Karakoro point.

Matsue Castle is viewed from the boat.

The boat cruises in the wide moat.

Matsue Castle is designated as a national important cultural property. The stone walls are massive buildings in cyclopean foundation. The castle walls are covered with black planks. This is really a beautiful castle.

Mizuki Shigeru Road

2011年12月6日 火曜日

Mizuki Shigeru Road is situated in the town of Sakaiminato fishing port in Tottori Prefecture. There are many bronze statues placed alone the sidewalk featuring from figures of Mizuki Manga comics. In the world of Mizuki Manga comics, there are two different types of Yokai, which is translated as hobgoblin, goblin, ghost, specter, monster, ghastly apparition, spook, spirit and so on. In any case, one is a good guy and the other is a bad guy. Kitaro,the main character, fights against evil Yokai cooporating with his fellow Yokai such as Medama Oyaji, Nezumi Otoko and others.  Mizuki seems to suggest in his comics that people in the world should cooporate and live in peace with each other.

Medama Oyaji, eyeball father. Many think that Medama Oyaji comes from one of Kitaro’s eyeballs, which is hidden by his hair. But actually it is not true. In the comic story, Medama Oyaji has once passed away, but he has resuscitated by moving his soul to the left eye of the dead. He is the existance of like a walking dictionary, who knows everything and anything about Yokai spectors. He is respected by Kitaro. His body is so small, and sometimes is trampled by enemies. But, don’t worry because he has the power to resuscitate. He also has the tactics to control the brains of enemies when he is eaten by them.

Kitaro and Medama Oyaji. Kitaro is the last survivor of Yokai-Zoku, specter tribes. He is armed with such weapons as Rimocon Geta, a pair of remote controled wooden sandals, Rimocon Chanchan Ko, remote controled vest, Yubiteppo, finger gun, Ke Antena, hair antenna, and so on to fight against and reprehend evil specters. The stories about Ge Ge No Kitaro are not stories about a sort of hero, but making us aware of human selfishness and negligence inflicting from the background of wrong doing by Yokai specters. That’s why Mizuki Shigeru Road is visited by lots of people from children to aged.

Nuri Kabe, wall. When Kitaro is driven into a corner, Nuri Kabe comes and protects Kitaro by using its big body. Nuri Kabe is a very reliable specter for Kitaro. When you struggle with your job or your study, or problems, which are not ease to solve for you, you may feel a wall of obstacle. You can’t step forward or remove the obstacle  when you try to do so. It may be the act of Nuri Kabe. Yokai, specters do not only come from outside and threaten people, but also appear from weakness or ugliness existing inside of people’s mind.

Kani Bozu, crab priest. A gigantic crab as big as two tatami mats secretly lived disguised as a priest at a temple in Kai domain, present Yamanashi Prefecture. People were in fear of the monster because the monster ate visiting priests one after another when they came to the temple. When some nomad priest stayed the temple, the crab priest started questions and answeres dialogue againt the nomad priest saying ” eight legs, two big legs, free to walk sideways and two eyes widely separating. What is this?” The nomad priest answered,”Kan-nin-bo, Kan-nin-bo” ( I don’t understand the meaning of this phrase.) Then, the monster priest disappeared. When the nomad priest drained the water of the pond in the back of the temple, the crab priest disguising gigantic crab and lots of bones appeared. the nomad priest defeated the crab priest. By the way, Sakai Minato fishing port ranks number one in Japan as for landing crab fishery.

Beto Beto san, sound of walking steps.  When you walk after dark, don’t  you feel that someone is following you? When you solely walk forward, your heart will get pounding. It is the act of Beto Beto san. This Yokai has round body and crescent-shaped mouth. There is something charming about this Yakai. When a man walks after dark, Beto Beto san follows him. The man says ” I ‘ll follow you.”  ” If I walk ahead of you, it’s too dark to walk.” Beto Beto-san replies. The man lend a paper lantern to Beto Beto san. The lantern is returned in front of the man’s house next morning. By the way, JR Yonago Airport Station is nicknamed Beto Beto san.

Mr. Yamada, a salaried man. A man, who wear glasses and has buck teeth can be often found around you. Mr. Yamada appears many times in Mizuki comics, with different names at each time. But his appearance is unchanged. He is a mediocre, timid and moderate person. But he always encounters with terrible problems. Mr. Shoiti Sakurai, a friend of Mizuki sensei in the times of a loan picture story show, is the model of Mr. Yamada.

Concert by Kitaro.

Kitaro, his father Medama Oyaji and Mizuki sensei are bound for Oki Islands.  Oki Islands are Mizuki sensei’s ancestors place. Yokai can travel freely anywhere through the tunnel, which is a hole opened at the pedestal.

Mizuki sensei is in writing. This is the statue of Mizuki sensei in writing when he was in his 30s or 40s. Kitaro is around the table being anxious about what kind of Yokai will appear next time.  Nezumi Otoko, Rat Man begs saying,” please give me more appearance in the comics.” Medama Oyaji, eyeball father watchs and listens to such conversation.