Hotel Select Inn Yaizu Ekimae
2-3-5 Sakaemachi, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, 425-0027, Japan
More about Yaizu
Mt. Hanazawa, Left, Mt. Mankanho, Right
Travel Tips for Yaizu
September, October, November
Autumn's cooling breezes signal the end of summer and the beginning of harvest season.
In rural areas, the many rice fields turn golden, and the grain is soon cut and stacked in neat upright bales in even rows.
Swirls of changing leaves paint the hills and mountainsides in a kaleidoscope of colour. Silhouetted against this backdrop, the shrines and temples of old Japan are arguably at their most charming.
Popular festivals of the season include ichi-Go-San(Children's Shrine Visiting Day), held throughout the country and the Festival of the Eras or 'Jidai Matsuri', held at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto.
Clothing : Mid-weight clothing - trousers/jeans, long sleeves, jackets, sweaters.
MANEKI NEKO....the lucky beckoning cat
Ever wonder what does statue cat outside business are for??
The story goes...
According to ancient legend, this cat stood in the doorway of the Gotoku-ji temple and raised her paw in the traditional Japanese beckoning gesture to a feudal lord who was passing by.
The feudal lord followed the cat into the temple and instantly, a lightning bolt struck the place where the lord had been standing.
Thus the cat had saved his life. From then on, the Maneki Neko has been considered an incarnation of the Goddess of Mercy
The Gotoku-ji Temple now houses dozens of statues of this Cat, and owners of lost or sick cats stick up prayer boards with the image of the Beckoning Cat in this temple.
In business the Maneki Neko is said to bring success. This is because her raised paw beckons in customers. It also welcomes in personal happiness and harmony.
From ancient times......
TANUKI, have been thought to have the power to trick people by changing their appearances..
They were also supposed to be very good at imitating sounds such as of a locomotive or hoofbeats...
The tanuki, sometimes translated into english as RACOON DOG, holds a special place in Japanese folklore...Both loved and feared, its often depicted in ceramic statues....with a large protruding stomach, a small straw hat around its neck, a flagon of sake in one hand and its account book strapped to its waist.....
The founder of the Yamato dynasty was the Emperor Jimmu, whose reign began in 660 BC. Yamato Takeru no mikoto was a son of the 12th emperor, Keikou.
Yamato Takeru lived around 200-300 AD and is thus an historical person and not a mythological figure, although it is unclear whether all the feats attributed to him in the Kojiki were actually performed by him.
Yamato Takeru's religious significance in Shinto is primarily as an example of the ideal warrior-prince, who is resolutely steadfast in his duty and loyalty to the emperor (or shogun) and his authority.
Even the act of murdering his brother was done, not in rebellion against the emperor, but in (misguided) support of the emperor (his brother was the one who actually "rebeled" against the emperor through his disgraceful behavior).
Shortly before his death, he became a white plover, which may have been a sign of divine favor for dedicating his life to the defeat of clans and kami who were in rebellion against the emperor.
The songs that were sung at Yamato Takeru's funeral rites subsequently became part of the Shinto funeral ritual for the death of an emperor.