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The City of lighthouse, Journey to Daio-cho

I went to Daio-cho in Mie prefecture. This is a small port city located on 200km southwest from Hamamatsu along the coast.
I visited Daio-cho on the way to back from my friend's house who live in Mie prefecture.
I could see beautiful scenery, also I felt nostalgic in this old city.
Everywhere could be art. I was impressed with the place very much.


There is a old  lighthouse in Daio-cho.
I took this picture fr om the port.
When you watched it carefully, there is a lighthouse behind the hill.
I went round the mountain, and saw a lighthouse then, came back.
It took about 30minutes walk.
I'll show you this short journey.


Daio-cho is famous as a old lighthouse and dried fishes made by fresh fish.
They dry lots of fishes on the small port.

←This is dried squid.
We called "Surume" in Japanese.




They sell dried fish at thethere is a blue fishes.
Opposite side of the street.
Left side of the picture, This is a dried sardine.
1 dish is 300 yen.
It's so cheap!!

I started to climb the hill toward to the lighthouse.
There are many giftshop on the way to the lighthouse.
I guess more tourist were came here in summer. But, maybe not....?
Every shop's interior is old style. It was like the time was stopped at 1970's.
I felt so much nostalgic.

GetAttachment12.jpgのサムネール画像There is a Toba(port city) near by Daio-cho.
That is a place which Mikimoto Koukichi was success as a pioneer of a cultured pearl in the world.
(Don't you know the pearl of Mikimoto?)
From long time ago, this place was famous for a natural pearl.
There were a lots of shops for sell their pearls.

GetAttachment13.jpgのサムネール画像I could see a sea under the precipice on the way to the hill.
Strong wind! I was impressed with fisherman because of they have to work such a hard place
like here!


When I was thinking that kind of things with walking, I found a small shrine.
I think people prayed for safe in the sea at here.


The lighthouse come close to see.
We can go to under the  lighthouse, also can go inside.
However, this place (you can see the lighthouse and sea from long distance.) is very popular rather than see closer.
Many people draw a picture at this point.


Well, I went down hill from here.
Strong wind again, I went back to the port with watching the sea is rough under the precipice.
I was scared!

GetAttachment7.jpgのサムネール画像I came back to the village right down to the base.
This is the time is like ....1950's.
I could see this village has never changed from long time ago.
There are many vacant houses.
Well, I heard that young people left Daio-cho, and then now, there is a only old people lives.

GetAttachment9.jpgのサムネール画像There is a temple on the way to back from the hill.
I heard that the people kept this temple very carefully for pray safety fishing at the sea from
long time ago.

GetAttachment11.jpgのサムネール画像I came back to the port.
How was walking at nostalgic port city?
I just find out that Daio-cho is very famous as a place for making Japanese film.
How surprise it is!
Many films were taken at Daio-cho. For example, 『Yorokobimokanashimimo Ikutoshitsuki』(1957) directed by Keisuke Kinoshita,『Ukigusa』(1959) directed by Yasujiro Ozu and so on.

Now I see the reason of why this city remind me of the nostalgic taste.

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~Hamamatsu International Mosaiculture 2009~




I went to the " Hamamatsu International Mosaiculture 2009" .

To tell the truth, I got many comments from reader of this blog which was like " Don't you go to see the Mosaiculture?".

I'm interested in this show because of I like plants. But I don't have any specific chance to visit this show. Finally, I visited here with my family at the end of this show. ( It will open until 23 november)




This show open at "Flower Park" in Hamamatsu-shi. This park built long time ago, and huge park. 91works are on display in the park.

The first picture, this work is displaied near by entrance which is made by Hamamatsu-shi.  Huge work, 7 meters high, it related to instrument. 


Mosaiculture is new art that is mixed with art(like painting,sculpture) and technique of landscape gardening. They plant live flowers on the surface of metal frame by design.

Most of plants is a fleshy plant. Because of they are strong for dry. Of course, they will grow up slowly during a show. Threfore, color and form will become changes also.



The turtle's work is presented by the Gabonese Republic in Africa. When you look this work closer, you can understand how they uses various plants very well!



International Mosaiculture started at 1998, Montreal. And then, It is showing once a three years at all over the world.

Many works collected by all over the world in this time too.


This is the work which got the first prize!



The title is " Man planted the tree". It is presented  by Montreal. Awesome work!

The man is shepherd. He plant the tree alone, Horses and sheeps are exists like in real.

They harmonizes with the man perfectly. The space is the biggest in this show. It is 2,800㎡

, the man is 5meters high.



A flock of sheep next to the man.

Can you see their plump hair? It looks like in real. I can feel very much their life, because of made by real plants.

This kind of warm feeling is the fantastic point of Mosaiculture. So much difference from sculpture.


Well, I 'll introduce some of my favorite works from now on.

At first, this work is presented by Fukuroi-shi near by Hamamatsu-shi.



This work looks have a real life, so cute!heart

I wish I could see this Mosaiculture were in the park near by my house!  


Next work is presented by Geneva, Switzerland. Geneva is popular city as a clocks.

This clock works very well. ↓


This work is presented by Makinohara-shi near by Hamamatsu-shi.↓

Fujisan-Shizuoka airport opened in these days at Makinohara-shi. They express the beauty of Mt.Fuji, green tea field and airplane.


This work is presented by Sakai-shi, Osaka. ↓

As you can see the figure of people, this is gigantic work! This work also covered by plants (not stone or concrete) , I can feel kind of real life in this work, and seems start moving!



Coincidence, this work is also presented by Shizuoka prefecture. ↓

Shizuoka prefecture announced about this show from few years ago. That why, They may have made this wonderful work. This is the scenery that is sun set casted a beautiful red light on the Mt. Fuji. This one is also big and illuminate at the night time.


How was the Mosaiculture world? This is the first time I knew about Mosaiculture.

When They held first show at Motreal, They hold up " create new culture" and " peace of the world" as an ideal.

 In really, I could see gentle and strongness with their art.

I enjoy to see the art came from all over the world with feeling plant's gentle and powerful atmosphere.


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The harvest season(MINORI NO AKI)

20091109-01.jpgMy friend said that "I am going potato-digging(IMOHORI), so shall we go?" to us when I and my child walked around our house last Saturday.

 She borrows a bit farmland and grows chemical-free vegetables(MUNOUYAKU NO YASAI) as her hobby.note

Sometimes she gives us some vegetables.

But she invited us for potato-digging before because it is fun for child.shine




I replied to her invitation, and we went to the potato field(HATAKE) straightly.

The world extended when we passed through the side path(KOMICHI) from a residential area.
















An old man and an old woman were here.

They retire from business and grow some vegetables that they need to eat.maple

He was so kind person like in tales of old Japan(MUKASHI-BANASHI).











This is today's purpose(MOKUTEKI); sweet potato-digging.

The sweet potato is native to Latin America.

In Japan, those are cultivated since 400years, and they helped people who suffered from starvation(KIGA) several times.fuji

Children also love a sweet potato.

Many kindergarten pupils go potato digging as school outing.(ENSOKU)happy01





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An old woman said, "There are taros that they are time to harvest(SHU-KAKU) in my field. Bring Them."  

She dug some taros and gave us.happy02

They are the taro that I said in "Viewing the moon".










Additionally there is a tree of the mandarin orange over their field, and it is heavy with golden-colored fruit.

An old woman said kindly "It is chemical-free. So, their surfaces(HYOUMEN) are not beautiful, but it is good for health. Pick them as you like." good














We took away using basket full of fruits, because we couldn't hold in our hands.up

Japanese mandarin orange's season is coming soon.

Mikkabi city is next to Hamamatsu, it is famous for a mandarin orange-growing district(SANCHI) in Japan.

I would tell the story soon.

Oh, couldn't you smell the sweet and sour of them even to you.confident




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The eel pie(UNAGI PAI)

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20091102-01.jpgI introduced an eel as a food, didn't you?
I said speaking of Hamamatsu was an eel.
Furthermore there is a snack(OKASHI) 「UNAGI PAI(eel snack)」 in Hamamatsu, and it is also famous.shine

There is a custom when we travel somewhere in Japan, we buy a snack as a souvenir of a travel(TABI NO MIYAGE).
And there are snacks that image the region in various parts of Japan.
So we usually buy such snacks, and hand out those to our family and co-worker.
The eel pie is especially(TOKUNI) famous among such snacks.fuji

What does the pie taste that the eel entered?

A factory(KOUJYOU) that makes the eel pie is constructed in Hamamatsu recently.
And the factory tour that visits the factory is popular. happy01

The first photograph is the outside of the factory.
buildingIt is a building of huge size.



It is a factory but beautiful like a museum.
Of course, admission free of charge.flair

You can understand making the eel pie well, because the tour route and the process of manufacture are same.






There is a huge(KYODAI NA) oven over the wall.
There are some windows that you can look in(NOZOKIMADO) on the wallsearch.







Look there!
These pies are rapidly baked on the conveyor belt.notes







This time the work is packing a bag and a box after finish been baked.
Visitors go upstairs(NI KAI).
And they look down that.











This is it!up
Everyone say "Wow!". Because of its big space.
It is almost mechanized, and the person only checks the commodity.
Baked pies are packed in the bag and the box.
And the box is gift wrapped, and put it in the corrugated carboad for transportation.


20091102-07.jpgThese operations are interesting to look.
Visitors are also staring it seriously(SHINKEN NI).pencil


20091102-08.jpgThere is a theater on the second floor, and some films about the eel in Hamamatsu, and the history of the eel pie are showing simply.



In addition, there is a cafeteria that visitors can have a cake within an eel pie.
The sweet aroma(AMAI KAORI) is filled the factory.heart04
Then they would want to eat











This is the eel pie just made in the factory.
Japanese buy a few boxes of those.







I finally can show you an eel pie.
It doesn't taste flavor of an eel, but it includes powdered an eel.





My neighbor told me when she had been to United States with the eel pie for souvenir, everyone had pleased, and she had ordered(CHU-MON SHITA) again after that.

By the way, the eel pie's shape and color is alike a real eel.
So compare with the picture of the last blog.


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