Fujieda Things to Do

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    Another Turtle Stone Found and Returned

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 31, 2010

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    Turtle stone #2: Looks like a hippo reposing
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    In 2008 another turtle stone was found and returned to the Villa of Tanaka Castle. When the villa garden was opened the turtle stone of the garden is said to be the stone on photo #1. Let me call this turtle stone #1. It is located on the top of tsukiyama, or artificial mountain of the garden. Another turtle stone had been possesion of a local resident and finally the stone was returned in 2008 to the place it belongs. This turtle stone (let me call this turtle stone #2) hardly look like a turtle at all. It looks more like a bull or hippo reposing at the riverside. Then looking from particular direction it surely looks like a turtle. The position of this stone may have a zen teaching behind it. Things may look different from person to person or from different perspectives.

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    Villa of Tanaka Castle: Summer of 2010

    by taigaa001 Updated Jul 30, 2010

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    During summer, Villa of Tanaka Castle is full of life. The reconstructured garden has some historical buildings many of which related to Tanaka Castle. It is really popular in plum blossom season in late February to early March but summer garden has its own appeal as well.

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    Kurata: Overview

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 24, 2010

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    Kurata is the northernmost hamlet of Fujieda about 400 meters in elevation. It is made up of only 82 houses but it has some nice places to visit around there.
    Utoge Fall: 70 meters high waterfall is said to be one of the great waterfalls in Tokai area.
    Mt. Takane: The highest mountains in Fujieda. Takane Hakusan Shrine near the summit has ancient Heian period dances.

    Kurata is also an entrance for the hiking trails for Kawane and Kunobi, Shizuoka.

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    Rengejiike Park: Overview

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 9, 2010

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    Rengejiike Park is one of the most popular parks in Shizuoka area. It is a huge park surrounding a reservoir pond made in 1613. The park is best known by the huge slide chute as long as 100 meters long. The park is also a great place to see the flowers from Spring to Autumn. Starting from March plum season, cherry in early April, wisteria in May, Iris Sanguinea in late May and June. Lotus in July and August. Riding foot-pedaled boats is one of the popular activities in the park. The park also has a museum, various playsets for children and has a nice lookout called Fujimidaira.

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    Villa of TANAKA CASTLE

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jun 15, 2009

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    This is located very near to where I live...and I never knew for some time..

    About 500 years ago, under order of the feudal lord IMAGAWA. the ISSHIKI family expanded its land by building a castle..

    Then at the begining of the Meiji period, the TANAKA castle was destroyed and a few of the buildings and the land were sold to ordinary people..

    This site is the Villa of that castle...(pic#1)
    Some of the original buildings from the TANAKA castle were donated to fujieda City when reconstruction of the Villa garden was carried out in 1992 to 1996..

    Its a selfguided tour but you will see a few volunter in case you have a question..(japanese only)

    It is very rare that the original buildings have remained until today making them precious CULTURAL properties with HIGH HISTORICAL VALUE...

    At present Nishi Mashizu Elementary School is build in the middle of this land..

    The area consist of 4 buildings, the Turret, The tea ceremony house , the granary , the footman's house with a stable and a small lake...

    As you enter the main gate(pic#2)which is called the GATE OF KABUKI ( rebuilt with reference to an original blue-print to a scale of 1/20)..the first building you see is the TURRET(pic#3) which is built on a 2.7 meter high base stone wall...The TURRET its a 2 story wooden building with a copper roof..

    According to documents there was a 2 story building called OCHIN on the south-east corner of the castle land from which the lord enjoyed watching the moon...

    This building is the most famous among the ones transferred .You are able to go inside the turret, its very small about 46square meters....to get to the second floor you have to climb these narrow and steep stairs(pic#4).Even today modern japanese houses still make them this way
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    Turtle Stone

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    mIn the edo period, four moats were constructed around the castle, as a result, the castle land become circular with the diameter of 600 meters..This circular layout is very RARE in Japan...castles.

    The natural turtle shaped stone and a natural crane shaped stone are said to have been in the villa garden..

    A turtle and a crane are symbolic animals bringing happiness...

    The crane shaped stone has been lost, but the turtle shaped stone was dug out by chance about 30 years ago...

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    Granary of CHORAKUJI village

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    Was just a one story wooden building with a tile roof..

    In the Edo period granaries were placed in each village in order that rice paid as tax might be stored ..

    The feudal lord was given 40000 koku of rice by the Tokugawa goverment..
    1koku=47.654 u.s. gallon..

    These granaries were administers by village officers, staying there at night and conducting night watch..

    The granary of Chorakuji village is the only granary which still exist in Fujieda city, making this a significant building....

    At the time of...construction, the name of the village officer was written on a pillar in the granary....dating back to 1843..(pic#2)

    Inside the granary was a collection of old farm tools...(pic#3)

    There are not much different from what is used in these days..

    Picture(pic#4) shows rice bags made of rice straw..One bag contains 60kg of rice , this type of bag was used until 50 years ago.

    Waraji or straw shoes(pic#5)The farmers of some time ago made their own shoes out of straw...The old tour guy was explaining how they were made..he even remember wearing them..

    There were two kind of shoes, one for long distance which had strap to keep them in place and the other were more like a slipper.

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    Tea Ceremony House& Footman house

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    .The tea house..is built in the traditional japanese construction method called SUKIYA KENCHIKU..

    The house consist of 2 rooms...on one side is the main tea ceremony room of 4.5 tatami and on the other is a 6 tatami waiting room..

    I was not able to get into this room...but I am sure those who did get to have tea here had a very nice view of the pond infront

    The footman house (pic#3)is a one story wooden building with a tiled roof..about 40 meters square, and consisted of the footman room, store room, kitchen and stable....

    A footman was a Samurai's attendant, he lived in this building, taking care of the horse for his master

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    RENGEJI IKE PARK

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    End of April to the beginning of May, there is the festival of Fuji Matsuri (Wisteria Festival) in RENGEJI IKE PARK ....The sale of wisteria plants, Dont miss trying the purple color wisteria ice cream,,yummy..!!!!..

    .....is especially beautiful in the Spring when its wisteria are in full bloom, dont miss it if you are in the area....

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    Villa garden reconstructed

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    According to the drawing ....of the Tanaka castle produced in the latter half of the Edo period, the villa garden consisted of a small artificial mountain called TSUKIYAMA and a miniature lake called SENSUI..

    As the eras changed from Meiji to taisho to Showa, so did the shape of the garden..

    The artificial mountain was flattened and the miniature lake, being filled in with earth, was changed into a plowed field..

    today you can enjoy a reconstructed villa, with a beatiful garden with lots of plum trees ..

    THE END

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    Big fujieda festival

    by cheesecake17 Written Oct 6, 2013

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    This festival is celebrated every 3 years...Its a combination of about 12 region of fujieda city each with their own YATAI or float...

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    Yamanobe Trail: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 19, 2011
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    Yamanobe Trail is a nice walking trail in Okabe area between Miwa Shrine and Okabe-shuku area. It is designated as #19 hiking trail of Fujieda.

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    Utoge Fall

    by taigaa001 Updated Jul 24, 2010

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    Utoge Fall is a 70-meter-high waterfall about one kilometer north of Kurata. It is also popular during autumn leaves season.

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    OIGAWA BIRD WATCHING SANCTUARY

    by cheesecake17 Written May 6, 2005

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    This is one of the leading bird watching sanctuaries in the prefecture but is not very big ..

    Over 100 species of wild birds can be observed there.

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