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Every port in Japan seems to have a Ferris Wheel. Fun! This is Shimizu, a quiet town known as the “Gateway to Mt. Fuji”.
A guide today described Fuji saying, “She is very shy, and she can be moody”. That was to apologize for the faint glimpse we had of the mountain’s snow cap this morning. Look in the sky above the lamppost.
Can’t see the mountain? Here it is in seafood!
Traveling by coach back in time – our guide’s trainee holds the storyboard as we learn some Japanese history. Centuries ago in the Edo era, 53 towns, called “post towns” sprang up along the Tokaido Highway. The road was built to unite Tokyo (fist known as Edo) and Kyoto. All the towns still exist. Shimizu is one, and today we traveled to Yuinoshuku, another “post town”.
In the resort home of the late Emperor of the Meiji era we were instructed in the proper celebration of the tea ceremony, served by a Tea Master.
On the same site is a museum devoted to the block print art of Tokaido Hiroshige.
Next – the ancient pine grove near the sea, Miho no Matsubara, a “sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”.
On a clear day this is a wonderful place to view Mt. Fuji – but today – it’s a really big, empty black sand beach!
Driving back to Shimizu – rows and rows of hot houses, growing acres of wonderful strawberries!