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04/28/2015 [Tue]

Open-air Performing Arts Festival under Mt. Fuji 2015 [Event Information]


This May comes a legendary performing art highly appreciated in Avignon, France at Sumpu-jo Park in Shizuoka City !

Mahabharata 〜Nalacharitam〜
May 15, Fri., 16 Sat., 17, Sun. at 19:00
At Sumpujo-Park (Shizuoka City)
Duration: 110 minuets
Direction: MIYAGI Satoshi
SPAC-Shizuoka Performing Arts Center
Reservation Reqd:¥4,100

Free Performance also can be watched at “Fudanotsuji” intersection right in front of Isetan department store in Shizuoka City.

La recette des corps perdus
May 16, Sat., 17, Sun. at 15:00
Duration: about 60 minuets
At Intersection "Fudanotsuji" (Shizuoka City)
Direction: Buruno SCHNEBELIN
Performed by Ilotopie

Ticket Desk:SPAC Ticket Center(10:00~18:00) TEL.054-202-3399
Hosted by Excecutive Committee of Open-air Performing Arts Festival under Mt. Fuji
One of the largest Marches and Outdoor Performing Arts in Japan featuring “countryside”, “street corner”, and “harbor”
Guided Tour to enjoy Performing Play and Shizuoka City
Scheduled on May 16 (Sat) at 14:00 from in front of Shizuoka Sta.
15:00〜16:00 : Viewing La recette des corps perdus by French Performance Company “Ilotopie”.
After that, we walk around SHIZUOKA × CANNES WEEK 2015 to reach Sumpu-jo Park.
19:00〜21:00 : Viewing “Mahabharata” of SPAC which was played and highly appreciated in 2014 in Avignon, France.

SPAC's Website


PDF information in English (1045KB)


PDF information in Japanese (715KB)

Posted by Satoshi Nihonyanagi at 11:52 Permanent Link

10/07/2014 [Tue]

"nedoco project", Guest-house Service for visitors from abroad [Shizuoka]

"Daidogei World Cup" held in Shizuoka City is one of the largest performance festivals in Asia and today's information is about the guest houses where you can stay overnight at a low cost.

As for Daidogei World Cup
Held since 1992 in early Nov every year and getting more progressed to be one of the largest street performer's festival. More than 90 groups of artists join the fes and it now calls in more than 1.5 millions of visitors across Japan and from overseas to watch their performances.
Not too much to say, it is a holly sanctuary for performers to join the Fes !
"Daidogei" by the way, literally means body expression arts normally performed on the street or in the park or small theatre.

As for Nedoco Project
It is a project of Homestay in temples or old houses. Volunteer staff living in Shizuoka welcome you ! Not to mention enjoying Daidogei fes, you can also have fun in meditation experience, Sake party, etc.
Booking starts from Oct 1.


nedoco 1 : Toukei-in Temple
Open on Nov 1
Up to 10 guests
2500 JPY for one night

nedoco2 : Retro-styled Old house
Open on Nov 2
Up to 10 guests
2500 JPY for a night

What must be respected
・Enjoy Daidogei Fes !
・Must be more than 20 years old
・To agree this "project"
・Be friendly to everybody around

Rooms are all to be shared. ( Men and Women separated )
Booking unacceptable after it reaches quota.
"nedoco project" is managed by volunteer staff in Shizuoka City.


Posted by Satoshi Nihonyanagi at 09:50 Permanent Link

01/07/2013 [Mon]

Koyama Castle [Yoshida]


I visited Koyama Castle last weekend with my friend living nearby. It stands in Yoshida city and has a profound history among Takeda, Imagawa, and Tokugawa clans.
Originally, around 500 years ago, it belonged to Imagawa but Takeda attacked the base away from Imagawa and built the castle to dispatch soldiers to guard the defense line.
I’m kind of history lover and was very impressed when I first saw the gallant appearance on the small hill. Imagine soldiers aiming at you from the top of the castle ? Can you still stay brave enough to proceed toward ?

I parked my car in the parking lot at the foot of the hill. It’s called “ Nomanji-yama Park”. Nomanji is a temple built in 1262 and as the name implies, I saw a large temple soon after I began to walk. Fine.


Walking up the stairs behind the temple, I finally reached the castle. It looked too good to be true !


It was overwhelming to me but I couldn’t resist walking up. Beauty and magnificence behind tragedy, this is the very word for it. Beside the castle was a threefold moat with a sad and odd story. It was when Takeda was attacked by Tokugawa ( eventually Tokugawa became a ruler of Japan to open Edo Era ), girls and women jumped into the trench to kill themselves and now said there live leeches with red lips like women look. Do you believe that ? Why leeches anyway ? Legend is always born behind deep mysteries.

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Posted by Satoshi Nihonyanagi at 15:48 Permanent Link

01/04/2013 [Fri]

Happy New Year !♪ [Shizuoka]


It’s always nice to start a brandnew year by doing Hatsumode, the first visit and prayer at a temple or shrine. In my case, I walked 40 minutes to Shizuoka Sengen Shrine at midnight on New Year’s Eve. I could hear on my way the silence of the night and the sound of Buddhism Bells that is said to remove 108 worldly desires human beings possess. Maybe I am less greedy this year, I believe.

Thousands of people were already there making quiet noises and humongous wishes.


Miko shrine maidens were on the stage to pray and purify Hamaya arrow talisman. See what they carry on the hands ?


Hundreds of people were flocking together at the main shrine hall in front of the stage to make wishes and prayers for the coming new year. I stood behind the last lady. One step forward and another. Finally, I was in front of the god. Now, what would I pray ? Make me fun, that’s quite good enough for me.

On my way home, I found a stunning fact. 2013 of my age falls on climacteric year which shall hold up consecutive 3 years. Are you serious ? I talked to the god. A Miko smiled. I thought that was the reply from the god.


New Year’s Day is the key of the year. Anyway, I’ll be more active and aggressive about anything that may appear ahead of me.^^v

Next week will be held Dondo Yaki festival at some local shrine or temple.
Dondo Yaki is to pile and burn ornaments of New Year’s Day and to get blessed by staying around the fire. Image of last year available from here ! Enjoy Japan’s Tradition in January ! ゚.+:。ヾ(*`∀´*)ゞ

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Posted by Satoshi Nihonyanagi at 11:12 Permanent Link

12/26/2012 [Wed]

Shiogo Suspension Bridge [Kawanehoncho]


Last weekend, I went for a drive wanting power of great nature. Wondering if I should proceed for mountains or the ocean, I finally concluded that spirits of nature that can recover from exhaustion of the year shall be in mountains !
Now, way to Senzu, 2 hours away from my city !

I stopped by Shiogo’s 220M long and 11M high Suspension Bridge on my way that crossed over houses, roadway, railway, and Oi river. Actually, it was a 2nd challenge for me.


The first time was just so awful that I did a 180 on the middle of the bridge. And this time……, in the event, worse than the first stab because some of passers-by caused some sort of quake and pound, which aroused scariness from deep bottom of my mind and when a young couple dashed forward on the bridge, I froze for a moment and stepped back, turned around and headed back where I started. I saw even a child enjoyed walking on it. Why not for me ? Maybe next year……

Shiogo Suspension Bridge
Access : 1 minute from “Shiogo Station” of Oigawa Railway

“Shizuoka Guide” is our official English blog website for events & sightseeing. Always with you ! ^^

Posted by Satoshi Nihonyanagi at 18:17 Permanent Link

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