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Ashimori district

Ashimori district flourished in the Edo era as a domain of the Ashimori clan.
Kinoshita Iesada, the first chief of the Ashimori clan is a brother of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s wife.

Ashimori remains historic townscape and the garden of the chief of the clan.
We explored Ashimori district last December and tried some local foods such as Ashimori melon and freshly-made ice cream

It takes about 35min by car from the centre of Okayama City to there
You can get to there by train as well, in that case, get off the train at JR Ashimori station and 12min by a taxi.


First, we headed for the garden of the chief of the Ashimori clan, ‘Omizu-en’.
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The scenery reflecting on the surface of the pond was beautiful.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t see so much green at that time, but the garden is famous for cherry blossoms in spring, and the coloured leaves in autumn


The building facing to the pond is ‘Ginfukaku’ which was built in 1708.
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It is said that some timber used for building Ginfukaku was same as that used for the Imperial court in Kyoto.


There’s a small island in the pond, and it has a monument to the memory of Kinoshita Rigen, the 14th chief of the Ashimori clan.
He was also known as a poet.
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We came across an inconspicuous stone statue in the garden.
Guess what
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Actually, it’s a statue of the St Mary.
It resembles a Buddhist statue in appearance, because Christianity is prohibited by the government at that time.
So, Christians made statues like this and worship them secretly.
That’s interesting.


Omizu-en is not a big garden, however it’s relaxing and beautiful place
I’d like to visit here to see cherry blossoms in April


Omizu-en
Address: 803 Ashimori, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-295-0981
Opening time:9:30-16:30
Close: Mondays (open on holidays), the next day of a holiday, the year end and New Year’s holidays
www.okayama-kanko.jp/modules/kankouinfo/pub_kihon_detail.php



We left Omizu-en, and walk toward to ‘Ashimori conservation area of historic townscape’.
It’s just around the corner, about 5min on foot.
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This is the main street lined with samurai residences and old shops from the Edo era.


Here’s ‘Ashimori samurai residence’.
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It remains some furniture and household goods so that visitors can imagine samurai’s daily life.


This building is ‘Fujita Sennenji residence’, that serve as both a soy sauce shop and a house.
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It used to belong to Fujita Sennnennji, a merchant in the end of the Edo era.


Inside the building, you can see the exhibition of the soy sauce factory.
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(left)
It’s a cask for soy sauce. It was much taller than me
(right) A machine for squeezing soy beans.


I also found the local soy sauce.
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It’s a bit pricey, 500yen …though,  I’m curious about the taste


Fujita Sennenji residence
Address: 916 Ashimori, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-295-0005
Opening time: 9:00-16:30
Close: Mondays (open on holidays) , the year end and New Year’s holidays
Admission: free


I’ll tell you about Ashimori melon and freshly-made ice cream next time


A: Omizu-en    B: The residence of Fujita Sennenji



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