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A Quick Stop to…Honolulu

As promised this post was meant to start on my return to the Gold Coast.  Along the way let’s visit Honolulu for a quick stop.

I was fortunate enough to join a company trip to one of the islands of Hawaii.  This was my first time to visit the islands and it was a nice experience.  Hawaii is made up of six major islands – Kaua’i, Oahu, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Maui, and the big island of Hawai’i.  Each island boasts its own distinct feature.  Honolulu is on the island of Oahu, and our hotel was smack bang on the beach of Waikiki, where the majority of the hotels and touristy spots are found.

From the moment we touched ground, dropped out luggage and off we went to have lunch at the Veranda at the Beachhouse in one of Waikiki beach’s iconic buildings – Moana Surfrider.  Then is was a matter of settling our stuff and taking in the views.

The following day we promised to get up early for a dip on the (protected area) beach across the road from our hotel.  Then more sightseeing and exploring Waikiki.  Later in the day we gathered out appetite for an evening of cultural immersion – Luau.  We chose to join the Paradise Cove Luau, and was happy to learn that they were the preferred choice amongst the many options available.  We got picked up near our hotel along with 51 other bus members to a secluded area along the beach of Ko Olina Resort.  The main man of the night would have to be our tour guide – Rich.  For those of you who have not been to a Luau I highly recommend you join one next time.  It is packed with entertainment from the different villages or islands such as joining a traditional Hawaiian games, making flower leis, boys learning to dance the hukilau and of course partaking in the buffet of delicacies from the time-honoured cooking at the Imu Ceremony.

The next day it was a day of double deck bus city tour.  You gotta have a double-decker bus tour! It’s just fun.  Luckily, there were only my friend and I during the first half of the tour, so we had the tour guide to ourselves on the top of the bus.  Although I was disappointed that it wasn’t a hop-on hop-off bus.  The city of Honolulu has many historical buildings and interesting places.  Firstly, we were picked up in from of the statue of Duke Kahanamoku along the beach then driven around the city to our main stop at Chinatown.  Then after a couple of hours walking around downtown Chinatown we hopped on back on the bus to finish the second half of the city tour.

So, it was our last day in Honolulu and we haven’t even ticked half of our wish list.  Unfortunately, it was school holidays when we went and interacting with dolphins seemed to be the number one activity tourists want to do in Hawaii.  Who wouldn’t! It is such an experience.  Then looming in the historical background was Pearl Harbour! What to do!

We opted to give Pearl Harbour a miss and went for the next best thing to be closer to dolphins.  Fortunately for us there was still space for a boat ride to snorkel and swim with wild dolphins!  I highly recommend this tour option – Ko Olina Ocean Adventures.  The speed boat was smaller (than a catamaran) and able to take us closer to where the dolphins are.  We had many chances to snorkel to swim and feed fish, turtles and dolphins!  It was such a great experience.

I would love to visit the other islands when the chance comes up.  But, I must admit, the beaches of the Gold Coast awaits and it’s so much better.  See you soon.


Farewell Summer…Hello Spring!

I’m back! and so glad to be.  Now you might be wondering why it is Spring after Summer.  Well my few weeks of absence have been occupied by transitioning from Japan and back to Australia.  So in the process I bid adieu to Japan, in the northern hemisphere, during summer and entered Australia, in the southern hemisphere, towards the end of winter.

In the last few weeks I spent in Nagoya I got to enjoy some summer festivals – Japanese matsuri style.  So here are some photos of famous summer festivals in Japan.  I hope you enjoy it.

Tanabata in Ichinomiya.  Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, in Ichinomiya is one of the three biggest Tanabata festivals in Japan.  Celebrated during the last weekend of July (25th-28th) this year.  The festivities builds up from Thursday to the grand climax on Sunday.  Anyone is welcome to celebrate with the locals.  Many come in their beautiful yukatas, enjoy the music and colourful fukinagashi (streamer) decorations, write up their wishes on the tanzaku, and feast on yummy street food!

Bon Odori in Goju Hachiman.  Bon dancing is a traditional dancing that locals do to welcome their departed spirits during the bon week.  When one wants to join in the biggest and best bon dancing, or all night bon dancing, one visits Goju Hachiman.  I was particularly curious about this event in summer.  Bon dancing is so cool, I couldn’t help myself but join in the fun!

Goju Hachiman is well known for it’s small traditional town image maintained since the 17th century.  The town is very easy to walk through and the locals are friendly.  Have you been to a cafe or restaurant and saw your meal displayed on the window?  Plastic replicas of food are very famous around Japan and many asian countries and out here you get to experience making one!  Goju Hachiman is the centre of making food replicas.

What seemed like a sleepy town came to life after dark when suddenly people were walking through the streets, dressed in their yukatas, started making their way to a part of the town where the dancing was happening that night.  After dancing all night you can stay over in one of the many ryokans where, if you haven’t got a yukata, usually lends their guests their very own ryokan-inspired yukata for you to dance in.

So these were two of the many summer festivals in Japan and I am so glad to share them with you.  In my next posts I will show you fun places I visited during my finals weeks in the wonderful country of the rising sun.  I hope to see you again very soon!


South Korea (Part 7)

Photography by Lucas

Itaewon is a city district of Seoul known to residents and tourists alike. A place with many restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops. A “hot spot” for expats and military personnel from the nearby base. Most embassies are located around Itaewon as well as the infamous “Hooker Hill” with its line up of trendy Gay bars like Bar Bliss and Always Homme to name a few. You will find an abundance of shops here where you can get traditional South Korean souvenirs as well as plenty counterfeit goods and clothing of varying quality. You’ll find some interesting shop signs that are a good laugh and a stark reminder that the English language here is not very well versed and only spoken by a very few.

One pub known to all expats and locals alike is the 3 Alley Pub. Founded by Gunter Kamp in 2001, better known as “Happy G”…

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12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour: Chapter 12 Power Spot Course

And the end has come.  Chapter 12, the last of the 12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour.  It had been wonderful to experience these walking guides each week for the last 12 weeks.  I must admit some of the sites were not as interesting as others, but looking at the overall bigger picture they all tied in and made sense.  Through these walking guides I have learned so much more about Nagoya and its history; about the stories behind significant tourist places; and a little bit about what lies behind the Japanese culture.  I am not saying I have uncovered what the culture is about as it is a deep-rooted traditional culture.  First you have to learn the language and have closer relations with traditional and modern families to begin to understand these people.

I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters where visiting temples and shrines were involved as I am quite intrigued by the intricate architectural details of the buildings and the ritualistic ceremonies held ever so often.  I have enjoyed collecting Goshuin, calligraphy stamps from temples and shrine.  I will post them next time.

For now, let us take another walk through the Power Spot Course.  This power spot course proved to need more power walking indeed.  I have cheated on this chapter as the weather have become hotter, more humid or rainy to make leisurely walks.  I have done this course in instalments.  But it is not a race, well not for me anyway.

1.  Kogane Shrine, Yamada Tenmagu Shrine.  This shrine is popular for those seeking more wealth and success in their studies.  Around the shrine it is evident that many have prayed for these requests as it is heavily littered with statues of maneki-neko – the beckoning cat, known for bringing good luck to its owner, as well as daruma dolls – a symbol for perseverance and good luck.

 

2.  Seimei Shrine.  One of the three shrines to pray for success in romance, which can be accomplished through this walking course, Seimei Shrine is deceivingly tiny.  Dedicated to Abe-no-Seimei an esoteric cosmologist who dispelled snakes that lived in the marshes around the area.  The incantation performed here is popular to dispel evil and fortune-telling to consummate love.

 

3.  Ueno Tenmangu Shrine.  Built over 1000 years ago, the shrine has two cows at the entrance.  These cows are famous for those seeking relief from any affliction to their body by rubbing the corresponding part of the cow’s body.  Others visit the shrine to pray for success in examination as well.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to see the beauty of this shrine as when I arrived at the site it was fully covered with scaffolding.  Maybe another time.

4.  Shiroyama Hachimangu Shrine.  I visited this shrine in another chapter and liked the area.  Although I did not find the ‘marital tree’ worshipped for happy marriage and restoration of relationships, I enjoyed the other historical remains present in the shrine grounds.  Shiroyama Hachimangu Shrine is one of the three shrines of love.

 

5. Takamu Shrine.  The third shrine for success in romance.  Takamu Shrine is also known for the Motokoi legend, where one could drink from the water fountain of the good well that promises a start to a new romance.  Famous amongst young women in search for love.

 

6.  Sakuratenjin Shrine.  Old blending in with the new, this shrine is set in between commercial buildings in Nagoya.  I have visited this shrine as part of another chapter but learned a new information in this chapter.  The cow stone statue is known as the Wishing Water Cow.  It is believed that when you make a wish and using the ladle to pour water on the cow, with the number according to your age, your wish shall come true.  I would have been there a long time.

 

7.  Atsuta Shrine.  Quite a famous shrine this one.  For these chapters alone it had been mentioned twice already, in Chapter 3 and Chapter 8.  I like this shrine as it has a beautiful property around it.  There are many festivals and special days attributed to this shrine so one would not be bored visiting it many times.

 

8.  Gokiso Hachimangu Shrine.  This shrine is small and older in its appearance.  There is a large boulder in the shrine called the ‘god stone’ the god of long life.  Tokugawa Ieyasu was known to have prayed here for the Battle of Nagakute, considered as one of the largest and most important battles in the history of Japan.

 

And that concludes the 12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour.  I hope, for those who have read and followed the chapters, have enjoyed learning something new about Nagoya and a little bit of Japan’s colourful history.  If you would like to catch up with previous chapters, here they are:

Chapter 1: Nagoya Castle Course

Chapter 2: Course covering region of the Owari Tokugawa family and the Cultural Path

Chapter 3: Oda Nobunaga “Owari’s Foolhardy Youth” Course

Chapter 4: Course Covering the Birthplace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa

Chapter 5: Course for Experiencing Nagoya Manufacturing

Chapter 6: Nagoya Stroll Course

Chapter 7: Funtown Osu Course

Chapter 8: Atsuta History Course

Chapter 9: Course Featuring the Townscape of Arimatsu and the Battle of Okehazama

Chapter 10: Arako Walking Course of Maeda Toshiie

Chapter 11: Shiroyama and Kakuozan Course

Thank you all for following and visiting.  Looking forward to your future visits next time.


Travel Theme: Flow

Flow, is to move along in a continuous and steady stream or current.  Flow is the Travel Theme over at Where’s My Backpack this week.  My take on flow is from our visit to Tokyo last year.  One of the top things to experience in this vibrant city is the crossing along Shibuya.  This district is known as a shopping, fashion and a favourite meeting place around the train station.  Before coming to Japan, my image of Tokyo was always about this crossing.

shibuya by day

shibuya at night

Both during the day and at night, the steady flow of people traffic is non-stop, it’s quite amazing how this place doesn’t run out of people!

Don’t forget to pop by Where’s My Backpack for more of this theme.


12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour: Chapter 11 – Shiroyama and Kakuozan Course

We have arrived to the penultimate Chapter 11 of the 12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour.  It had been a great few walking trips around the city of Nagoya and I have learned so much more about the city and its history.  I hope you have enjoyed the previous chapters and continue to enjoy exploring with me.  This chapter takes us through the neighbourhoods of Shiroyama and Kakuozan including Nittai-ji Temple that enshrines the remains of buddhism founder Shaka.  So once again, come along with me for a short walk through history.

1.  Nittai-ji Temple.  A fairly young temple built in 1904 as a temple to represent the relationship between Thailand and Japan as well as a repository for the ashes of Shaka, the founder of buddhism.  A gift from King Chulalongkorn of Thailand to Nagoya and hence the name Nittai-ji Temple (Japan-Thai Temple.)  The grounds around the temple is vast and aside from the main hall there is a beautiful wooden 5-storey pagoda.

From the subway station the walk through to the temple is lined with trendy shops and cafes.  On the 21st of each month there is a fair – kobo-san, along the street approaching the temple which bustles of stalls and people.

 

2.  Yokiso.  Built in 1918 as a vacation villa by Ito Jirozaemon Suketami, the first president of Matsuzakaya department store, a large and famous department store in Nagoya.  Originally spread through a vast 35,000 square metres, only about 9,000 square metres remain at present.  It has a beautiful Japanese garden that features an old bungalow moved here from the Owari Tokugawa family mansion and an old bridge.  It also has a shrine with lovely tunnel of torii gates.

 

3.  Nittai-ji Temple Hoanto.  A short walk from the Nittai-ji Temple is the Hoanto or the Gandhara pagoda.  Built in 1918 the pagoda is designed according to traditional buddhist architecture from Japan and India.  The ashes of Shaka is believed to be imbedded within the stone pagoda.  It is 15 metres high and quite different from the other pagodas I’ve previously seen in temples here.  The huge area is surrounded with tombs.

 

4.  Dairyu-ji Temple.  This temple was built to grieve for souls of the dead workers during the construction of the Nagoya Castle.  The Arhat hall houses 500 Arhat statues but, unfortunately,  it is not open for public viewing.

 

5.  Soo-ji Temple.  This temple was built by Tokugawa Yoshinao to grieve for his dead mother.  It is said that Yoshinao wrote the characters on the plaques at the entry and on the main hall.  The main hall was formerly used as a sumo stable during the annual Nagoya sumo tournament as well as a famous venue for concerts by a variety of artists.  The main hall was on top of the property where one had to climb up a few steps and although the hall was a bit old it was still beautiful.

 

6.  Shobo-ji Temple.  This temple was built by the daughter of Saji Tile’s founder to mourn for his death.  Its original purpose was a school for nuns.  When entering the temple grounds the first tower I saw was to store handwritten buddhist sutras from worshipers throughout Japan and transcribing is performed once a month.

 

7.  Shiroyama Hachimangu Shrine (Ruins of Suemori Castle).  Built on the former site of the Suemori Castle by Oda Nobuhide in 1548 and said to be doomed to abandonment in 1559.  It is set on top of a hill and surrounded with lush forest.

 

8.  Togan-ji Temple.  Originally built in 1532 by Oda Nobuyuki in memory of his father Oda Nobuhide and moved to this current location in 1714.  The giant green buddha, famously known as Nagoya buddha, was erected here in 1987.  I visited this temple previously as I was quite intrigued that there is a giant buddha right in my neighbourhood.  I might have expected a whole lot more than what I saw as I thought it wasn’t as impressive (as I had expected.)  I don’t know about the rest of you but when I visited the temple I didn’t feel quite good about it.  Maybe because of its unkempt atmosphere or I felt negative energy looming around the area.  Maybe it’s just me.  So I wasn’t too keen to re-visit it this time.

 

This was another surprising course for me as I didn’t have any idea how close I was to home and yet I discovered these interesting historical sites.  I just hope I would have time in autumn to visit the special bridge again.

If you haven’t seen the earlier chapters here they are again:

Chapter 1: Nagoya Castle Course

Chapter 2: Course covering region of the Owari Tokugawa family and the Cultural Path

Chapter 3: Oda Nobunaga “Owari’s Foolhardy Youth” Course

Chapter 4: Course Covering the Birthplace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa

Chapter 5: Course for Experiencing Nagoya Manufacturing

Chapter 6: Nagoya Stroll Course

Chapter 7: Funtown Osu Course

Chapter 8: Atsuta History Course

Chapter 9: Course Featuring the Townscape of Arimatsu and the Battle of Okehazama

Chapter 10: Arako Walking Course of Maeda Toshiie

Looking forward to finishing this challenge and that you have enjoyed them as well.


12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour: Chap 10 – Arako Walking Course of Maeda Toshiie

We’re getting there, Chapter 10 of the 12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour, not a bad challenge at all.  Considering the amount of hours walking around, of course including those when I got lost, but all in the greater effort to get to know my current city better.  This chapter takes us through the Arako neighbourhood.  A very quiet neighbourhood not far from Nagoya station shows us where one of the important families in Japan the Maeda clan started.

1.  The Statue of Maeda Toshiie at His First Battle.  Maeda Toshiie born in Arako, known for his outlandish dressing sense, played an important role as a general serving Oda Nobunaga – who initiated the reunification of Japan.  He fought many battles and was a lifelong rival of Tokugawa Ieyasu – founder and first Shogun of the Tokugawa Shugunate of Japan.  These leaders fought many battles between them and made important changes to the Japanese history.  Maeda Toshiie was the most famous member of the Maeda clan, one of the most powerful samurai families in Japan then later on became a Daimyo, leading figures of important Japanese families during the Edo period between the 17th and 19th centuries.  The family’s emblem is the plum blossom.

 

2.  Arako Kannon-ji Temple.  The temple has a two-storey pagoda, the oldest wooden building in Nagoya, was established in the 8th century.  Famous for the Enku-buddhas, wooden statues carved by Enku buddhist monks, where more than 1200 statues were found in the two-storey pagoda.  The statues are famous for its simplicity and uniqueness.  This temple became the Maeda family’s temple.

 

3.  Ruins of Arako Castle (Fuji-gongen Tenmangu Shrine).  Believed to be where Maeda Toshiie was born and raised.  This was the traditional location of the Arako Castle the residence of Arako Maeda.  The present structure has a stone monument indicating Toshiie’s birthplace.  The shrine bears the plum blossom emblem to represent their occupancy of that castle.

 

4.  Hoshu-in Temple.  One of Nagoya’s three major temples built in the 729 and related to Kobo Daishi who established Shingon buddhism in Japan.  The temple is small but the garden has many large venerable stones and beautiful buddhas.

 

5.  Ryutan-ji Temple.  Known for its magnificent black pine trees, Ryutan-ji Temple was built in 1455.  On the temple ground there is a large buddha’s feet and carved on stone is a car, believed to help those who are in distress to go quickly by car.

 

6.  Sokunen-ji Temple.  Historical records indicated that Maeda castle was located here, the origin of the Maeda family, and also believed to be where Maeda Toshiie was born.  Within the temple are ancient grave for the owner of the castle and the family’s plum blossom crest.

 

This was a beautiful area to walk through.  The houses around the area were made in modern Japanese architecture with manicured gardens, I wished I could go inside and take photos, but I just settled for looking from the outside.  The Maeda family must have created a high standard neighbourhood here.

If you would like to trace back to previous chapters, here they are:

Chapter 1: Nagoya Castle Course

Chapter 2: Course covering region of the Owari Tokugawa family and the Cultural Path

Chapter 3: Oda Nobunaga “Owari’s Foolhardy Youth” Course

Chapter 4: Course Covering the Birthplace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa

Chapter 5: Course for Experiencing Nagoya Manufacturing

Chapter 6: Nagoya Stroll Course

Chapter 7: Funtown Osu Course

Chapter 8: Atsuta History Course

Chapter 9: Course Featuring the Townscape of Arimatsu and the Battle of Okehazama

Wishing you all a peaceful week ahead.  Until next time.


One Day in Osaka

I visited Osaka recently to renew my passport.  Instead of mailing the renewal form, what better excuse to see the city than go for a quick visit.  In the past Osaka was the commercial centre of Japan, fondly known as the country’s ‘kitchen’ as the major trader of rice, which then started what we now know as futures exchange market.  Currently it functions as one of the command centres for Japan’s economy.  Second to Tokyo in terms of size, population and contribution to Japan’s economy.

When I was there for a day I felt it was large and busy, but not as vibrant as Tokyo.  Tokyo, on the other hand was just pumping!  I still enjoyed my day nonetheless.

My first stop was the Osaka Castle.  Very central and easily accessible by the Osaka city loop train through the Osaka Business Park or the Osaka-jo Koen stops.  Established in the 16th century, the main tower had experienced two major disasters – firstly, destroyed through the summer war in 1615 and secondly, struck by lightning and burned down in 1665.  The present main tower had been reconstructed in 1931 and named as a special historic site by the national government.

The Osaka Castle Park is a huge area that has aside from the main tower a forest park, baseball field, meeting hall, numerous flower gardens, guest house and many more.  It holds many beautiful and important historical items in the museum.

 

From the castle my next stop was the Sumiyoshitaisha.  The Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine was established in the 3rd century, even before the introduction of buddhism in Japan.  One of the oldest shrines in Japan and famous for its unique sumiyoshi-zukuri architecture and the most visited shrine on new year.

This was my first time to visit a sumiyoshi-zukuri style shrine.  It is quite beautiful and different from the others I have previously seen.  The property is quite extensive with many buildings surrounded by japanese garden.  The most attractive part of the shrine, for me, is the beautiful Sorihashi bridge that leads one to the main entrance of the shrine.  It was interesting to read the story behind the bridge, especially the reason for one to cross it – to cleanse away worldly sins and filth before arriving at the shrine.  It is steep as it is likened to a rainbow.  I am not a big fan of heights and this bridge was steep to climb, but it was an experience.

 

Across from the shrine through the train station is the Sumiyoshi park with a combination of traditional and modern style Japanese garden features.  Then it was onto my next stop on the list, Shitenno-ji.  Built in the 6th century as the first buddhist temple and appointed as Japan’s officially oldest temple.  I didn’t realise the time until I found it and walked through, it was already closed.  But even when the main hall and gardens were closed I could still walk through the temple grounds, which was spread throughout a big area, and able to take photos from the outside.  The buildings were beautiful.  Now I have another reason to go back.

 

Then it was off to my last stop, which I looked forward to visiting all day!  The Umeda Sky Building, which has the Floating Garden Observatory and the Lumi Sky Walk on the 40th floor, to enjoy a dusk view of the city.  A short walk from the Osaka station, the Floating Garden has souvenir shops, cafes, restaurant and the love bench (aww, Japanese are so sweet!)  They also have a ‘Fence of Vows’ where couples can buy a pair of heart lock (of course at their shop) and attach on the fence to promise their devotion to each other!

Like I mentioned before I was not a big fan of heights, but these views are not to be missed, so I endured.  Going through a series of escalator, see-through lifts, and more escalator rides I landed on the 39th floor (the whole time holding my guts in) where you can stroll through the souvenir shop, climb up the stair, or take the lift as I did.  It was so worth it!

 

With that view I bade Osaka goodnight.  Would have wanted to stay for dinner, but that’s better when you don’t have to travel far to stay for the night.  Maybe next time.


12 Chapter of Nagoya Tour: Chapter 9 – Course Featuring the Townscape of Arimatsu and the Battle of Okehazama

Welcome back everyone.  We are now in Chapter 9 (getting there) and learning a lot more about the history of Nagoya and Japan as I go through these 12 Chapters each week.  This week’s chapter features an important historical area of Nagoya.  Arimatsu is a small town that has a well-preserved Edo Period buildings and houses as well as a park that was the site of the Battle of Okehazama – an important battle where Oda Nobunaga (a hero in these chapters) defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto (one of the villains in these chapters) and henceforth united Japan in the 16th century.

I didn’t realise the importance of this chapter in Japan’s history until I found the historical park and read the wall where the brief history of the battle was written.  I hope you’re as excited as I was…Let’s go for a stroll.

1.  Townscape of Arimatsu.  Designated as townscape preservation district of Nagoya.  Now, this is a townscape!  Traditionally a lodging village along the Tokaido highway during the Edo period.  From the Atimatsu station it is only a matter of stepping out and down to the street level.  You then walk into ancient Edo period.  The street around the station is lined with buildings and houses, very well-preserved, it made you feel you were in 17th and 19th century Japan.

 

2.  Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum.  One of the traditional crafts of Japan, the Arimatsu Tie-Dyeing contributes for the majority of all tie-dyeing produced in Japan with over 100 dyeing techniques.  All over the town of Arimatsu you will see items that have been tie-dyed and they are beautiful.  The museum holds showing and lesson for the craft, unfortunately, it was in Japanese.  The museum has a boutique on the first level where one can buy a variety of tie-dyed items.

 

3.  Okehazama Historic Battlefield Park.  In 1560 approximately 2000 soldiers led by Nobunaga defeated Yoshimoto and his forces of 25,000 took place here.  It is believed that this park was where Yoshimoto took his last stand.  After winning the battle Nobunaga initiated the reunification of Japan as one nation.

 

4.  Chofuku-ji Temple.  This temple retains a wooden statue of Yoshimoto and believed to have supplied sake and food to his forces during the battle of Okehazama.  There isn’t much information about the shrine other than what was stated in the tour guide.  The temple itself is small and very conservative.

 

5.  Okehazama Shinmeisha Shrine.  Known in the past as Okehazama village.  Prior to the battle of Okehazama Yoshimoto’s retainer Sena Ujitoshi with around 200 warriors came to pray for victory, donating barrels of sake.  These barrels are said to still remain within the shrine.  It is believed that over 1000 defeated warriors fled here and lived a life of seclusion, who then established this shrine.

 

This course was quite easy to follow, even with the combination of train, walking and bus modes to get to each point of interest.  The town itself was beautiful.

If you haven’t seen the previous chapters and would like to, here they are:

Chapter 1: Nagoya Castle Course

Chapter 2: Course covering region of the Owari Tokugawa family and the Cultural Path

Chapter 3: Oda Nobunaga “Owari’s Foolhardy Youth” Course

Chapter 4: Course Covering the Birthplace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa

Chapter 5: Course for Experiencing Nagoya Manufacturing

Chapter 6: Nagoya Stroll Course

Chapter 7: Funtown Osu Course

Chapter 8: Atsuta History Course

Heres hoping everyone have a safe and fun week.  See you next time.