Mariko Juku, Old Post Station

Tokaido Shinkansen Line runs on the old route called Tokaido which connects Tokyo and Kyoto.  Along the route, there are 53 post stations altogether and the Ukiyo-e painter Hiroshige Ando drew “53 Stations of Tokaido Route”.  The scnery of course has changed duringe several centuries but sometimes, old shops in the Ukiyo-e paintings still remain…

Abekawa Mochi Rice Cakes

I recently visited Shizuoka Prefecture so I am going to post several articles about where I went there.  The first posting is about special sweets in Shizuoka called Abekawa Mochi, the rice cakes dredged with soy bean and sugar powder.  The origin of these sweets go back to early 17th century.

Gokoku-ji Temple Past and Present

Early this month, I climbed Mt. Fuji in Gokoku-ji Temple in Tokyo.  This temple was built following the request of Keisho-in, the mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1681.  It was one of the most popular temples in Tokyo together with Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa and Eko-in Temple in Ryogoku.  Today, there are many architecture which lasted centuries.