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Octopus from Shimotsui

Shimotsui region in Kurashiki City is famous for octopus
From what I’ve heard, octopus caught in winter is called ‘kan-dako’, and it’s especially delicious

Local people cook octopus in many ways.
Above all,tako-meshi (octopus rice)’ is widely known as a local specialty.
So, why not visit Shimotsui and try octopus


We headed for Shimotsui port where octopus is landed all year round.
It takes an hour and a half by car from Okayama station.
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                                       ©Hareranman Okayama tabi net
You can see the typical scenery of Shimotsui here  
The brown pots on the ground are the tool for octopus hunting. 


Near the port, there’s a Japanese restaurant, ‘Fukusen’ .
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It offers various dishes of local octopus.


This is takotako-gozen (octopus course)’. It looks gorgeous
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Here’stako-meshi (octopus rice)’.
Octopus steamed with rice and fish stock (dashi).
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Deep fried octopus (left) and sashimi (right).
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The octopus is fresh and springy It’s the best ocyopus I've ever eaten 
I’m especially fond of tako-meshi


Fuku sen
Address : 2-8-39 Tanoura, Shimotsui, Kurashiki City
Tel : 086-479-9135
Opening time: 11:00-21:00
Close: Wednesdays
Menu : tako-meshi 850yen, takotako-gozen (octopus course) 2600yen,
     tako sashimi teishoku (octopus sashimi course)1580yen etc
Access: 10min by car from JR Kojima station
      3min by car from KojimaIC
Car park: 30cars
www.fukusen-shimotui.com/



After lunch, we went for a walk around the port.

…what is that I found something hanging on the rope.
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                                           ©Hareranman Okayama tabi net
They are dried octopus
It's also a really specialized product of Shimotsui.

Anyway, I really like them as they have a humorous feel


After lunch, we swung by ‘Yoshima parking area’ on Seto chuo motorway.
It’s a service area which has restaurants, shops, parks etc.
What’s more, there’s the observation deck as well
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We found a lot of local specialties in the shop

What I recommend the most is a handmade ice cream (350yen)
We tried wasanbon (a high grade handmade sugar from Kagawa prefecture), moshio (rare salt), sweet potato flavour.
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You can buy them at ‘café Marine chan’
The taste is not too sweet, really fresh.

 
These are local sweets from Kagawa prefecture.
Wasanbon candies (left), Oiri (right) .
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Oiri is considered auspicious in Kagawa prefecture. So people eat it at happy occasion such as a wedding


The view from the observation deck is spectacular
Unfortunately it’s a bit foggy, but you can see beautiful sea and islands on sunny day
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Yoshima parking area
Address: 587 Aza Nishikata, Yoshima cho, Sakaide City, Kagawa prefecture
Tel: 0877-43-0504
Opening time: food court 8:00-21:00 
                         café Marine chan 10:30-18:00



A: Fuku sen   B: Yoshima parking area



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A short trip by tram

The trams are running in 17 cities in Japan.
And as for the tram in Okayama, it’s known that it has a shortest tram route all over Japan. 

In fact, the route is only 4.7km long even if you join two routes (Higashiyama line and Seikibashi line) of it.
Despite of that, the tram is really convenient when you look around the center of Okayama City. The tram stops at some popular tourist sites such as Koraku-en garden and Okayama castle.
So, let’s go on a short trip by tram!


Trams come in all shapes and sizes.
I’ll show you some of them


MOMO
It has a low floor so that passengers can get on and get off easily.
An essential aspect of it is the modern design of the body and interior, especially stylish wooden floor and seats. 
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                                     ©Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd


KURO
The oldest tram in Okayama (since 1969) has remodeled.
The black colour like a crow reminds us Okayama castle (it’s called ‘the crow castle’)
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                                      ©Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd 


Tama
Lovely cats are painted on the body of the tram.
She is a stationmaster of Kishi station on Wakayama railway in Wakayama prefecture.
You can also find her in the carriage
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                                      ©Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd

These three trams are designed by a well-known designer from Okayama, Mitooka Eigi.
His design is not only functional but also entertaining


By the way, some seasonal events are held in the tram.
For instance, trams are beautifully illuminated at Christmas time (left).
What’s more, they sometimes turn into wine bars (right)
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                                                       ©Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd
It seems to be a lot of fun Maybe you should see once!


Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd

www.okayama-kido.co.jp/tramway/


Then, let’s go somewhere by tram
Today, I’ll show you some unique buildings in the centre of Okayama city.


That’s the tram station.
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The fee is 100yen or 140yen, depends on the distance.
If you use trams many times in one day, maybe you’d better buy a one-day tram pass for 400yen (adults).
You can buy it at an ticket center in Okayama station or in the tram.


First, we visited the office of Asahi Shimbun (a newspaper publishing company) which is designed by Ando Tadao.
It’s about 2min from Yanagawa station.

岡山市内 247 岡山市内 249 The building is facing the big street (Yanagawa suji).
It’s a three-storied building, and it has car park on the ground floor, an office and a small garden on the first floor, a gallery on the third floor.
It looks cool



Asahi Shimbun Okayama

Address:1-12-11 Nodaya cho, Kita Ward, Okayama City



Next, we headed for ‘Okayama kinshu kaikan’.
It’s about 2min from Shiroshita station.

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It was built as a base for the temperance movement in 1923.
We seldom see wooden European style building like it in Okayama City.
In fact, the building is designated as national cultural asset.


There’s a retro café on the ground floor

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Okayama kinshu kaikan
Address: 1-1-15 Marunouchi, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-222-6297
ww61.tiki.ne.jp/~kinsyukaikan/


We got on the tram again to see ‘Renaiss Hall’.
It’s about 3min walk from Kencho-dori station.

IMG_1967.jpg ルネス 005  Renaiss Hall was built in 1922 as the Bank of Japan Okayama branch.
The design of the building is strongly influenced by Greek architectural style.

It was designated a cultural asset in 2005, then it turned into a place for concerts and exhibitions.  So, it has a concert hall, a café, an exhibition hall.

We explored the building

Here’s a concert hall.
The most striking aspect of the room is its sophisticated design.

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I especially liked the design of the pillar.

 
What is it

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It used to be an entrance of the bank.


Also, some parts of the building remains its original appearance.
Look, I came across these vaults
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Here’s ‘Kobunko cafe’ in the building.
This space used to be a library for official document years ago.

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We ordered some cakes and drinks
 (left). My favorite is a ‘roll cake’
(right)
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Here’s a nice place to chill out


Of course, there’s a lot to see in the centre of Okayama City besides what we introduced this time.
So, when you come to Okayama, how about looking around by tram


Renaiss Hall
Address: 1-6-20 Uchisange, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-225-3003
Opening time: 10:00-19:00

Kobunko café
Tel: 086-225-3009
Opening time: 11:00-22:00 (last order 21:30)
Close: Tuesdays (it opens if it’s a holiday)
Menu: Original blend coffee 400yen, a roll cake 450yen
www.renaiss.or.jp/


A:Asahi Shimbun  B: Okayama kinshu kaikan  C: Renaiss Hall, Kobunko café

Manga Museum in Kawakami town

Kawakami town in Takahashi City is known as ‘a town of manga’.
There’s a unique museum of Manga, ‘Kibi Kawamkami fureai Manga Museum’.

It takes about 90min by car from the centre of Okayama City.
Or, 30min by bus from JR Bicchu Takahashi station then 5min walk from Jito bus stop.


On the way to the museum, we saw some funny statues of cartoon characters
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By the way, why Kawakami town became ‘a town of manga’
It dates back to 1988.
Kawakami town was on the decline because of the aging of the rural population and depopulation at that time.
One day, the mayor of the town and a professor of Okayama University came up with the idea of using manga to make the situation better.

Since then, the town has been carrying projects which are linked to manga.
This museum is a part of that.


Now, the town is full of manga. We found many characters here and there
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The bird in the picture on the left side is a mascot character of the town, ‘Kiji-maru’.
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Here’s the museum
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                                                                                       ©Hareranman Okayama tabi net


This is a mural at the entrance.
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It’s drawn by a manga artist Tominaga Ichiro who is an honorary curator of the museum.


You can also find other characters around the museum or inside it…
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Try finding out them when you visit here
 

So, why don’t we go inside
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Wow
At the moment, the museum has 120 thousand of manga books.
60 thousand of manga books are displayed in the library.
Of course, you can read all of them

You can hardly ever find a museum as much as specializes in manga like here.


These are rental manga books in 1950’s.
Manga books used to costly at that time, so most of children rented them.
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They are really rare


What’s more, the museum has some manga books are from foreign countries.
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If you can’t find out what you want, why don’t you use a search service
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Besides, this museum has a relaxing room where you can read manga lying on the carpet.
You can make yourself at home like this
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By the way, Takahashi City is holding the manga competition every year.
Some manga which received awards are exhibited on the wall.
Each of them is unique and funny
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You can also see manga by Tominaga Ichiro (an honorary curator of the museum).
I’m fond of them as well


I think I could spend a whole day here I bet you can have fun here as well


We came across ‘Manga Ebuta kan (gallery) near the museum.
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‘Ebuta’ means a carnival float.
Here’s a gallery which exhibits carnival floats for ‘Manga Eburta festival’.
The festival takes place every August.


The festival started in 1995.
It’s modeled on the famous festival in Aomori prefecture,‘Nebuta festival’.
Both of them feature spectacular carnival floats.

However, as for Manga Ebuta festival, the carnival floats are all based on manga

Many Kawakami town citizens are involved in the building of these beautiful floats. Actually, it takes about 3month to build one float.


I’ll show you the carnival floats

'Toy story'
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'Yamata no Orochi'
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'Garigari kun is going to the sea'
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They are impressing, aren’t they


Kibi Kawamkami fureai Manga Museum
Address: 1834 Joto, Kawakami town, Takahashi City
Tel : 0866-48-3664
Opening time: 9:00-17:00
Close: Fridays (if it’s a holiday, it opens), the year end and the New Year holidays
Admission: adults 400yen, student 300yen, children 200yen
Access: 30min by bus from JR Bicchu Takahashi station then 5min walk from Jito bus stop
               45min by car from Kayou IC
Car park: 50cars (free of charge)
www.kawakami.city.takahashi.okayama.jp/manga


Manga Ebuta kan
Address: 1777-1 Jito, Kawakami town, Takahashi City
Tel: 0866-48-2000
Opening time: 9:00-17:00
Close: the year end and the New Year holidays
Car park: 50cars (free of charge)



A:Kibi Kawamkami fureai Manga Museum    B:Manga Ebuta kan


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Nariwa Museum in Takahashi City

Nariwa Museum (Nariwa town, Takahashi City) is famous for its splendid building which is designed by a world-famous architect, Ando Tadao.

Also its exhibition of Kojima Torajiro's work is fabulous
From Nariwa town, Kojima Torajiro (1881-1929) is an Impressionist painter of 19th century.
It’s worth seeing


It takes an hour and a half by car from Centre of Okayama City.

We arrived at the museum.
As you can see, it’s an exposed concrete building. The shape is simple but unusual.
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                                                                          ©Hareranaman Okayama tabi net

The museum has a river and mountains at its back and it harmonizes with the scenery.
I especially liked the pond surrownding the building, since it looks like as if it’s floating in the water.
Apparently, the museun becomes more attractive in spring, as you can see cherry blossoms around it


The entrance is this way
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Inside of the building is bright, and spacious.
The concrete wall is really smooth, it was unlike I expected.
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Despite using concrete, this building has a warm feel
I wish I could live in a stylish house like this


The paintings by Kojima Torajiro are exhibited on the first floor.
Kojima Torajiro visited Europe three times, also China and Korea four times in his life to brush up his technic and to learn more about drawing.

Also he engaged in collecting European paintings receiving financial help by an entrepreneur in Kurashiki, Ohara Magosaburo.
Torajiro bought some valuable paintings by Claude Monet, El Greco, Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin etc which are exhibited at Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki City) now.


We came across an easel belonged to Torajiro.
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So, I’ll show you some of his works

Going to school (1906)
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Torajiro drew this painting when he was a student.
Sisters in this picture seem to be on the way to school.
As you can see, one girl wears European hat and the other is holding a parasol.
Those items were new trends at that time.


A family (1910)
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                                                                                                  ©Nariwa Museum
It seems to be a small town somewhere in Europe.
The bright sunshine and shade are painted in pastel colours.
I like the composition and his use of colour.


Peasant in Sakazu (1914)
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                                                                                        ©Nariwa Museum

He drew this painting after he came back from his study in Europe.
He adopted some new methods in this painting.
For instance, he put colours on a canvas from a tube of paint directly to bring out more vividness of the colour.
Besides, he used a painting knife to give the picture a strong feel.


A girl sitting round a table with flowers (1926)
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                                                                                        ©Nariwa Museum

Torajiro in his later years tried to combine the Asian sense of beauty and the drawing technique he had learned in Europe.
For that reason, he visited China and Korea several times and drew people and the scenery there.
The girl in Chinese costume is gazing at the painter. Furniture in the room and a tree peony are really Chinese style.


A meeting about the declaration of war against Russia (1927)
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©Nariwa Museum

In 1924, Torajiro was asked to draw a mural for a museum in Meiji Jingu (Meiji shrine) which was sacred to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress.
The theme of the mural was ‘a meeting about the declaration of war against Russia’.

Torajiro devoted himself to the painting.
At first, he interviewed each participants of the meeting, then, made busts of them.
After that, he built an atelier which had a same size as the meeting room, and he displayed the busts there, then he made sketches of it

After three years of preparation, he finally drew this study for a mural.
However, he became ill soon after that, and he passed away in 1927.
It's a great pity he wasn't able to complete his work


We really enjoyed his works
You can see the combination of his deep sensibility as a Japanese artist and the sense of colour he learned in Europe.
To my mind, it’s a major attraction of his work.


Torajiro was also keen to collect ancient Egyptian artefacts.
Some of them are exhibited on the ground floor.
Shawabtys which used to bury with a dead person (left)
A face from a wooden coffin (right)
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The museum has a lovely café as well.
Shall we have a lunch here
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I ordered ‘Original lunch (700yen)’ .
You can choose the main dish out of two. Chicken or a hamburger stake.
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It tasts so good.
Fresh vegetables, juicy chicken, and creamy home made peanut tofu

The café aslo offers a wide choice of drinks
It’s a nice place to rest during a museum tour. 


We took a photo with the curator of the museum who showed us around.
Thanks a lot
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I like the building, the exhibition, the food… everything
It’s a bit far from the centre of Okayama City, though you should visit once


We’ll visit Kawakami town in Takahashi City next time

Nariwa Museum
Address: 1068-3 Shimohara, Nariwa town, Takahashi City
Tel: 0866-42-4455
Opening time: 9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Close: Mondays (if it’s a holiday it opens and closes the following day)
Admission fee: adults 500yen, students (university and high school) 300yen
                           junior high school and primary school students 200yen 
                           *An additional fee might be needed for a special exhibition.
Access: 20min by bus from JR Bicchu Takahashi station 
               50min by car from Kurashiki IC or Kasaoka IC 
               30min by car from Kayo IC 
               40min by car from SojaIC or Ukan IC 
               50min by car from HokuboIC or NiimiIC 
               60min by car from Okayama air port
www.kibi.ne.jp/~n-museum/






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Nakagai cho

By the way, the area around the brewery is called ‘Nakagai cho’ where remains old shops and houses.
Most of shops have a history of more than 100years.


In the front of the brewery, there’s ‘Yoshida tatami ten’.

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The shop sells various kinds of tatami mat.

Originally, the colour of tatami mat is green, although, colorful ones are getting popular these days (right).

 

This is small tatami mat.
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                                                                                                                                      ©Yoshida tatami ten

It’s suitable to use in a room with wood flooring. So, it’s popular among foreign people.

 


These are ‘flower goza’.
Goza means a rush mat.
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Flower goza has beautiful pattern on it. It’s really nice

 

Yoshida tatami ten

Address: 1238 Agasaki, Tamashima, Kurashiki City

Tel: 086-522-2312
www.h3.dion.ne.jp/~yosida-6/



This is Shiraga kami shoten (paper shop)’ established in the Meiji era.
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The shop specialized in paper products, such as letter pad, notebook, wrapping paper, fusuma(Japanese traditional room dividers) paper and shouji paper.


Stickers with Japanese motif (left)
Handmade paper card They are suitable for business cards or message cards (right)
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This is a catalog of fusuma paper.
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To my surprise, it has more than 300 different designs.

Fusuma are not simply room dividers. The design of them can give a room any atmosphere desired.

 

Shiraga kami shoten

Address: 1241 Agasaki, Tamashima, Kurashiki City

Tel: 086-526-3301

 

Why don’t you stroll around Nakagai cho


A: Yoshida tatami ten     B: Shiraga kami shoten

 
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