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.

500 Statues of Luchans, Buddhism Saints

If you visit Kawagoe, don’t miss Kita-in Temple.  This temple has an architecture where the third Shogun, the top of Edo government in the 17th century was born.  He was actually born in Edo which is current Tokyo but the architecture was later removed to this place.  The main building of the temple is large.  But more…

Sea Merchants’ Residences in Toyama

From mid 17th Century till 19th Century, there was a famous sea route called Kitamaebune (which literally means the “north-bound ships”) and those sea merchants who sails along this sea routes made profits.  The ports of this sea route became prosperous because of the lucrative sea trade and there were many big merchants’ residences in those…