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11/14/2011 [Mon]

Around Mitsuke Inn Town along the Old Tokaido road ― Iwata City-2 [Iwata]


I visited lastly “The Old Akamatsu Memorial House” that stands 10 minutes away from the Old Tokaido road. This amazing mansion belonged to Akamatsu Noriyoshi, a vice admiral in the late Edo and Meiji Period, and eventually donated to Iwata City.


Now, please see the map first. You can tell how great he was from this spacious site. It’s free to look around ! Passing through the old checking gate, I found the first large house on my right (A). He is also known as a culturally established man and this house is said to have been used as his library which carried about 3000 books and documents that were all donated and are currently preserved in the Central Library of Iwata City.


Next, I found a park-like garden. A statue was there to welcome us. Yes, he is Mr. Akamatsu, the former owner. How are you doing ? Thank you for the beautiful evening !^^
I walked up to the next house, actually an exhibition room (B) where you can see his belongings and other materials. Beyond the exhibition room is a decent bamboo forest (C). It was creating “Japanese” in the light of the setting sun. Beside the bamboo forest is a small pond. There I found a frog, I dare say a symbol of Japan’s good old days. I’m always tranquilized by “Japanese”, something very peculiar to traditional or cultural things in Japan. What about you ?^^



The last thing I looked around was this beautiful house, “The Old Akamatsu Memorial House” (D). Here exhibits varieties of designated cultural treasures related to Akamatsu Family. Admission free. You can also enjoy special green tea for a charge. It’s very nice to feel a slow-passing time looking out the beautiful Japanese garden, isn’t it ?^^
The gold drawing below is the one awarded by the 16th master of Tokugawa ( Tokugawa Shogunate finished in 15th ) in the late Edo Period. It was so gorgeous that I could not help but give a sigh. I just wonder how much it’s worth.


Anyway, please be sure to stop by The Old Akamatsu Memorial House when you visit Iwata City by any chance.^^

Have a good day !

The Old Akamatsu Memorial House
Access from JR Iwata Sta. : 10 minutes by bus to “Kawaramachi-kita” and 1 minute walk
Admission : Free of charge
Closed : on Mondays, the day after holiday, year-end and new year days.
Open Hour : 9:00 – 16:30

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11/01/2011 [Tue]

Around Mitsuke Inn Town along the Old Tokaido road ― Iwata City [Iwata]


After the “Museum of Fragrance, Iwata”, I took JR Line from Toyoda to Iwata Station. Remember the blue statue ? Yes, “Jubilo-kun”^^ He welcomes any visitors any time, maybe. Hi. Sorry for my Pul-chan cell-phone strap.


Now, I took a #1 bus to “Mitsuke”, one of the old Inn towns, to walk along the old Tokaido road. “Yanahime Shrine” ( or Mitsuke Tenjin Shrine ) has been meant to come first today but due to the catastrophic typhoon, some of huge sacred trees around the shrine had been uprooted and we were forced out of it that day. Too bad…… I had no choice but to walk away from it and stroll along the Tokaido. Though the Old Tokaido itself looks rather contemporary, it still retains some historical evidences in various spots. You may miss some of them without careful looking.



Now, I reached the Old Mitsuke School, one of the symbols of Iwata City. This very historic architecture is said to be the oldest existing wooden western-style school ( established in 1875 ) in Japan and has been also registered as a National Historical Site. Now, let’s get in there ! Then……, I had trouble again…… That is, the building had been seriously damaged by the typhoon and needed to be closed for a while to get repaired. You can go inside now to see the educational materials and scenes of classes of that time free of charge !


All right, I knew there was a unique shrine, “Omikunitama Shrine”, beside the school. But there……, the vestiges of typhoon, again. A huge tree had been uprooted and fallen on the Honden ( God’s house ) roof. What a scene ! Honestly, these ravages were quite a blow to me.



Around Mitsuke (127KB)

Now, this shrine is to worship “Okuninushi-no Mikoto”, the same god as one enshrined in Izumo Taisha Shrine. He is, according to Japanese myth such as “Kojiki” and “Nihon-syoki”, legendarily believed to have had about 180 children ( or Gods, each enshrined in various shrines in Japan ) and these rabbits are to represent the famous old story, “Inaba-no Shiro Usagi”. “Rabbit” also has it that it would bless someone with plenty of babies. Pray for the babies ?^^ It may also bless you with someone very special in your life ! Get your Honey or Darling to come♪
After leaving Omikunitama Shrine, I walked down to “Old Akamatsu Memorial House”. I’ll report it next time !

Have a good day !^^


Yanahime Shrine ( Mitsuke Tenjin Shrine )
Access from JR Iwata : 10 minutes by bus and 5 minutes walk
Admission : Free
The Old Mitsuke School
Access : 10 minute walk from Yanahime Shrine
Admission : Free
Open Hours : 9:00 – 16:30 ( closed on Mondays )
Omikunitama Shrine
Access : 1 minute walk from The Old Mitsuke School
Admission : Free

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10/28/2011 [Fri]

The only fragrance for you ! − The Museum of Fragrance, Iwata [Iwata]


Today, I report “The Museum of Fragrance” in Iwata City, Shizuoka. So, what is the fragrance museum ? It’s one of the most unique museums in the world and there are only 2 of them in Japan. That is, one in Oita, Kyusyu, and in Iwata, Shizuoka.
Now, let me take you to look around it. The actual “Museum” is on the second floor. You can try varieties of aromas or scents there and special limited exhibitions are also held regularly. Currently “Exhibition of fermented scents” is available until Nov 27th, which provides you literally with the scents of fermented food of the world. It’s by no means “savory” but, at the same time, it will be a good chance for you to sniff various Japanese traditional fermented food such as Natto, Soy Sauce and Miso ( fermented soybean paste ). ^^



In the “Kaori-no Kobeya” the small fragrance room, you will jump into a most intriguing experience. Touch the balloon “Musk Melon” written on it, then the balloon bursts and the scent of muskmelon comes out of the monitor. 5 varieties in all. I like “the scent of Ancient Egypt” the best !^^


By the way, have you ever made perfumes ? Nope ? Me, neither. But here in the Museum of Fragrance, it’s one of the most spectacular attractions to concoct odors and create a single perfume of your own ( charged ). I tried it, needless to say. It’s very simple and clear. You choose one base odor from among 5 for men, or 8 for women. And, input your basic information and finish some diagnostic tests. Then, analyzed data “My Fragrance” will be extracted that has 3 recommendations to take. Now, you concoct necessary perfumed waters in a bottle as instructed. It’s not difficult but I’d got so nervous because 1mg deviation might make it differ from the most desirable fragrance. You can read my “My Fragrance” diagnosis below.^^



“Analyzed from your favors and outer & inner parts, this fragrance is recommended : Based on a transparent fresh odor that matches men with casualness and sportiness + Added with Musk, Amber and Moss that effect richness and composure along with a sense of fruitiness and berries to express a slight jest”


And this perfume was born ! Oh, yes, it definitely smells clear and fruity. You may become ambivalent about choosing one among varieties of commercial branded perfumes but here at “The Museum of Fragrance”, a single shot is enough to find ( make ) the best and only one in the world. Maybe for your girlfriend ?^^
It takes only 5 minutes on foot from JR Toyodacho Station north exit. “Kaori-no Koen” the park of fragrance is right in front of the museum. Please enjoy yourself !^^


The Museum of Fragrance, Iwata
Access : 5 minute walk from JR Toyodacho Sta.
Admission :1F(gift shop, restaurant, and perfume making )Free
    2F Exhibition rooms  ¥300/adult, ¥200/student up high school, ¥100/student under junior high school
Open Hours : 9:30-17:00 ※closed on Mondays, the day after holidays, year-end and new-year days.
(We open when the Monday falls on a holiday, when the day after holidays fall on Saturday or Sunday )


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