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2007/4/13


加賀竿 Kaga-zao Kaga Fishing Rod

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Kaga Fishing rod is a high-quality fishing rod handed down in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture since the Edo period (1603-1868), when fishing was promoted as a healthy outdoor activity for samurai. Only samurai were allowed to fish Ayu (sweetfish) in those days. As the movements of the rod were similar to those of swords, fishing was a kind of secret training of swordsmanship. Fishing-pole makers began to appear around the era of Genroku (1688-1704) and produced robust fishing rods to meet the needs of samurai. In time, rods came to have lacquer finishes and be decorated, which led to the establishment of elegant and robust Kaga fly rods.
In the making of Kaga fishing rods, the two year old bamboo is heated at high temperature to makes it strong. The rod is then given repeated lacquering and polishing. As they were made for samurai, they needed to be of subdued appearance. The basic product was black and finished with roiro (high-gloss lacquering) technique. The strong but supple Kaga fly rods have once again become popular among anglers as a top class fishing rod.
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2007/1/30


鶴岡八幡宮 Tsurugaoka-hachimanguu Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine

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Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine is located in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The main deities enshrined here are Ojin Emperor, and the queen and princess goddesses.

In 1603, a separated god spirit of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine in Kyoto was moved to Yuigahama in Kamakura and a new shrine was built there. In the fourth year of the Jisho period (1180), Minamoto Yoritomo came to Kamakura and moved the Hachimangu building to the present place, Kobayashi. It was when Yoritomo conquered 60 states across Japan that he had this shrine built on this hill. In the following year, he became head of government and was at the peak of his power.

Since then, Tsuruoka Hachimangu has been a symbol of Kamakura. All the rituals and events of the Kamakura government were held here. Moreover, both the Toyotomi and Tokugawa families worshiped this Hachimangu as a symbol of the samurai.

The strong, silent people who were born here in Kamakura and placed their faith in Tsuruoka Hachimangu, became the progenitors of the samurai way.
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