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After I started walking from Kuwana station the first place I visited was Kitakuwana Shrine. It is a small shrine and is located along Tadokaido, an ancient highway between Shichiri-no-Watashi port and Tado Shrine. The shrine was originally built at the site where the treasury warehouse for Empress Jito, wife of Emperor Temmu, might have stood during the Jinshin revolt in 672. It was moved to the present place after Meiji era. In fact the name of Kuwata first appeared in official historical chronicle as the place where Prince Oh-amato(Emperor Temmu later on) stayed to garner support of regional clans to fight against Prince Otomo, the son of deceased emperor Tenji. The shrine went through history of amalgamation and different kinds of deities are enshrined. Maybe it is of concern for shrine buffs, ancient highway trekkers or Japanese manga fans who love Tenjo No Niji, the story about Empress Jito.
Updated Aug 9, 2011
You definitely can't say that Kuwana doesn't have flavor! This is the Den of Vice, a hip-hop clothing store on the main road, route 1. You can meet some interesting characters around here. One of the few places in Kuwana with grafitti.
Written Apr 13, 2003
Senbazuru is a traditional art of Kuwana, which entails folding of many cranes from a single sheet of paper. It was developed by a priest in the Edo period. Instead of only folding a single crane, how about learning more intricate origami and folding 10 cranes from a piece of paper. Ask for more info at the Kuwana City Museum.
Written Apr 8, 2003