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    HICE Center

    by hamamatsujoe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    HICE (pronounced "highs") is a great source of information for foreigners living or even visiting Hamamatsu. They provide daily living information and assistance, counselling, language assistance, and event information.

    Just outside of the HICE office is their communication (bulletin) board. There are ads for jobs, sayonara (goodbye) sales, language lessons and exchanges, event listings, and more. It's free to post--all you need to do is show your ad to the staff to get if approved. If you are living or staying in Hamamatsu for a while, you should definitely check it out.

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    The kite batlle

    by cheesecake17 Updated May 2, 2006

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    These involve several hundred people pulling together on the 6mm thick twisted hemp kite line trying to saw through the line of other kites using the friction created by the speed of the kite soaring through the air.....

    While on the ground team members blow bugles to create a riotous background....

    There are two ways to be victorious in a kite battle....The 1 is to saw through a rival's kite's main kite line from above and the other is to saw though the rivals main kite line from underneath.....

    There are also various techniques employed in the batlles, including letting the kite line out and winding it in at different speeds so the kite can dodge attack and make assaults..

    The kites used in the kite battles range from 2jo to 10 jo...

    Kites the size of 4 jo to 6 jo are considered the best size for the kite battles...

    1jo being equal to 12 sheets of traditonal japanese mino paper....

    1jo =1.25 square meters
    4jo= 2.4 square meters
    6jo= 2.9 square meters
    10jo= 3.64 square meters

    The patterns on the kites are said to be based on the origins of each community name and are intended to strengthen unity in the local community...

    Normally the patterns represent historical events...Here is a list of all the kites design held in hamamatsu

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    The HAMAMATSU FESTIVAL

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    The HAMAMATSU FESTIVAL is held every year from May 3-5...

    Its a very big festival with over 1.5 million people thru out those 3 days....The primary attraction is the KITE BATTLE during the day....from 11am to 3 pm......but I got there by 9am..and it was much nicer becasue i was able to walk around while people where preparing their kites and also taking a practice run......

    At night there is a FLOAT parade....

    IN HISTORY

    Kite flying at the hamamatsu festival began in 1887...However , the origins of this custom date back some 440 years...

    Legend has it that the custom of flying kites at the hamamatsu festival began when the then LORD of HIKUMA CASTLE, in celebration of the birth of his first son, raised a kite with his son's name written on it...

    This is what makes HAMAMATSU FESTIVAL very different from any other religious type festival in japan.....The festival is made for the people and by the people.

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    Nakatajima Dunes

    by cheesecake17 Updated May 2, 2006

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    Nakatajima Dunes are one of the 3 largest dunes in Japan. .

    Its also known for its beautiful wind pattern made on the sand...

    The dunes are also famous for LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE, which is endangered species....

    They migrate to the ENSHU NADA coast to lay its eggs between MAY and AUGUST every year...

    Because they are endangered a few citizens group from the area has taken the lead to make effort to protect the turtle, moving the eggs to hatcheries and releasing the baby turtles.
    The dunes are located infront of the Hamamatsu kite museum

    dunes more dunes turtles which hatch in the area...
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    ITOWAKU

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    This is a winch like piece of equipment used to wind up the thick main kite line needed to fly the giant kites...

    the kite line used to fly the kites is made from twisted hemp...this is produced by the HAMAMATSU PRESERVATION GROUP and sold to the participating neighborhoods at cost price..

    As a result the thickness of the kite line used by ALL the kites in the kite battle is identical..

    At the museum you will find the room where the actual kite lines used during the kite battles are made ...There is a person who will explain the process of making the thread but only in japanese..

    room for making the line the thread
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    Parade Float display room

    by cheesecake17 Updated May 22, 2005

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    In the museum there is a special room displaying the floats, but on the day I went there where not because they were already taken out to parade that night....

    But on the other hand, you will still feel the sounds and atmosphere of the parade floats in this room...because of the audio visual presentation, you can still feel as though you are actually at the parade...

    If you get a change, as night sets in and the kite battle come to a close, attention shifts towards the center of town, where the floats parade will be...

    The floats are led by the NERI people marching and playing the bugle, taiko and chanting...

    This is also combined with the sounds of the OHAYASHI, children playing flutes and drums while riding on the floats...

    Each community designs its own elaborate float called GOTENYATAI..

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    The HAMAMATSU FESTIVAL PAVILION

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    After you finish seeing the kite batlle , head to the museum.....Its 400 yen to get in, but on the festival day ,it was 200yen....

    Becasue the float were not on display in the museum at the moment....There were already on display getting ready for the night parade...

    But still the museum has a Kite exhibition room and other things on display...

    Open..9:00 ~ 16:30
    close...3rd Monday each month (or the Tuesday if the Monday is a national holiday),
    29th ~ 31st December...
    FEE..Adult ?400
    Elementary and junior high school students FREE

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    Pacific Flora 2004

    by hamamatsujoe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Shizuoka International Garden and Horticulture Exhibition, also known as Pacific Flora 2004, is being held right next to Lake Hamana. Plants from all over the world are being displayed--over 5 million specimens of 6,000 varieties. There are also museums and other exhibits in addition to the gardens.

    Check out their official web site (English version) to learn more about the park and attractions.

    Hanahaku (Pacific Flora) Map
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    Kite flying

    by cheesecake17 Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    The action starts on the 3rd of May..

    The kite battle begin with an open ceremony of fire works near the NAKATAJIMA DUNES...then the 169 giant kites begin to fill the sky ..

    Have your camera ready at EXACTLY 11.00am,,its was quite a show seeing all the kites rise all at once....

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    Hamamatsu City Fruit Park

    by cheesecake17 Written May 2, 2005

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    This park is a fruit gardens with an exhibition greenhouse, plaza, children's amusement park with free riding facilities, a restaurants, one-day campsite and of course a souvenir shop....

    There are 160 types of fruit plants within 43 hectares..

    You can also experience a fruit picking program of various fruits (picked fruits are measured and sold to you).

    you can pick strawberry in early spring or see the beautiful almond flower blooming in the end of March.

    Admission fee: adult 700 yen.

    Closing Days Dec 29 - Jan 1

    Opening Hours , 9 am to 5 pm(entrance before 30 min. of closing time)

    Parking 200yen / car

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    In addition to the kite

    by cheesecake17 Written May 22, 2005

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    .......battles and the float parades, many other events are held during the festival...

    Each year since 1971, when the kite batltles and the float have cancelled due to poor weather, these alternative events have become more popular....

    Like the wind instrument parade, the japanese folk dancing and the local performing art....which are held in the areas surrounding hamamatsu station and ACT city....and also nakatajima dunes..

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    Act Tower Observation Corridor

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 28, 2006

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    If you get the chance go into the ACT TOWER....is the highest observation corridor in Tokai District..

    ....185m height. You can reach here in one minute from the 6th floor, by high-speed elevator (150m/min).

    The top floor houses an observation deck, reception area, and wedding chapel...

    The upper 17 floors are occupied by the Okura Act City Hotel, including three floors for guest services at levels 29-31.

    You can see the horizon of the vast Enshu Coast in the south, and the grandeur South Alps in the north and even MT fuji on a clear day..

    Adults: 500 yen
    Junior-high and elementary school students: 300 yen.

    Closing Days Wed (about twice a month)
    Opening Days 10:00 - 9.00pm (Final entrance at 20:30)

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    The feverish "NERI"

    by cheesecake17 Written May 22, 2005

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    The "neri" is a parade in which the leading person carries a large team flag followed by sometimes dozen of lantern bearers, all shuffling along in unison to the rhythm of the pounding TAIKO drums and the constant chant of OICHO..

    The one in the picture is waiting to join others...:)..

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    Hamamatsu drum corps

    by cheesecake17 Written May 22, 2005

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    The type of drumming originates from the battle of MIKATABARA...The TAKEDA army, who had surrounded Hamamatsu Castle and were on the verge of victory retreated when they were stunned by the sound of the TAIKO DRUMS made by TOKUGAWA IEYASU..

    These drums are display also in the museum

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    HAMAMATSU CASTLE

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    HAMAMATSU CASTLE sits on the MIKATAHARA PLATEAU...It was built by TOKUGAWA IEYASU(click), whose rule founded the EDO PERIOD(1603-1867)..IEYASU was born in 1542, and spend 17 years at Hamamatsu Castle from the age of 29-45...

    During this time many famous batlles took place, ncluding the BATTLE OF MIKATAGAHARA in 1572, which was one of the toughest battles fought by Ieyasu...Although Ieyasu's 17 year stay at Hamamatsu Castle endured many difficult years, it did commence 300 years of glorious Tokugawa history...

    The battle of Mikatagahara

    The Battle of Mikatagahara was fought in 1572.. .
    Takeda Shingen was headed for Tokugawa Ieyasu 's castle at Hamamatsu . Among his men were Yamagata Masakage and Baba Nobuharu. Ieyasu took about 11,000 men (3,000 of them Oda Nobunaga 's troops) out to meet Shingen in battle. Shingen had as many as 30,000 men.

    Shingen defeated Ieyasu but bad weather and Tokugawa cunning prevented him from following up on the victory. The cunning part is this: Ieyasu managed to retreat into his castle, but ordered the gates left open and bonfires lit, to help his scattered troops to find their way back.

    Sakai Tadatsugu, in the castle, even went so far as to beat on a drum. In addition to helping morale, these efforts convinced Masakage and Nobuharu -- pursuing the retreating Tokugawa forces -- that there must be some trick. Instead of attacking the wide open castle, they camped outside for the night. The following day, the Takeda army left.


    The lords of Hamamatsu castle after Ieyasu were always to be very influencial figures..In particular MIZUNO TADAKUMI one of the LORDS was credited with reforming the Tempo era....As a result, hamamatsu castle is known as the CASTLE OF SUCCESS.

    open ..8:30 ~ 16:30pm
    close..29th ~ 31st December
    Fee..Adult (high school student and above) ?150
    Elementary and junior high school student Free

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