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Rabbit Kannon Statue, Sado Island and beyond

by Fujiko
No one ever came up with the idea of building this...RABBIT KANNON STATUE! There is Merlion in Singapore and in Sado, we have this cute and...

Tub boat craftsman always on the row in Sado Island!

by Fujiko
Kaneko-san,  he is always on the run?, no, on the row! In Shukunegi, Kaneko-san, the tub boat craftsman, offers three courses of tub boat r...

Feast for the eye in spring in Sado Island

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Japanese people admire autumn leaves because of the  beautiful colors but... Admiring  新緑 - shinryoku” or spring green is my favorite arou...

Representatives of Sado Island: Burikatsu-kun and Ondeko-chan

by Fujiko
 Of course we have super heros, well ... no, mascots on Sado Island! Apparently fish?  No, he is Burikatsu-kun or deep-fried yellow...

"Mochi" is made of rice? Not this one!

by Fujiko
This is Imo mochi or mochi made of sweet potatos in Sado Island.  Local grandmas make this mochi during this time of year for locals an...

Several scenes of Sado Island in 2016

by Fujiko
Time flies! We only have 2 more days in 2016.  Looking back, Ive taken so many photos this year and Id like to show you some of them. Fi...

New Year's preparation at Ushio Shrine, Sado Island

by Fujiko
Newly braided Shimenawa sacred rope adorns the facade of the worship hall of Ushio Shrine The priest ties shide paper strips to shimena...

Bamboo craftsman in Sado Island

by Fujiko
Mr. Akio Kazuma, only a few bamboo craftsman living in Sado Island. He showcases and sells his bamboo works once a year in mid-October. Fi...

Persimmon harvest in full swing in Sado Island.

by Fujiko
These persimmons look delicious, dont they? But dont bite it now!  Not yet!  Harvested persimmons are put in a plastic bag with specia...

Looks like an ordinary paddy field but...

by Fujiko
Actually, this is a special paddy field in Kitaushima, Sado Island  The paddy field has turned into golden-brown and waits to be harvested ...

Persimmons grown bigger in Sado Island.

by Fujiko
Another  1 to 2 months to be harvested!  Persimmons have grown this big since thinning out small ones about 3 months ago. Gradually they t...

35 Noh stages are not enough in Sado?

by Fujiko
Can you guess what is used as a stage for performing Noh play?  There are about 100 Noh stages in Japan and 35 of them are located on this ...

Beat the still lingering summer heat with... ice-cream cones in Sado!

by Fujiko
Have you ever tried ice-cream cone-hopping?  Usually, people go bar-hopping in Japan but not for me. I have a sweet tooth, so instead of...

Festivals coming very soon in Sado!

by Fujiko
  First comes...Hakusan-maru Matsuri in Shukunegi on Jul. 24. Please look at this beautiful wooden sailing freight ship under the blue s...

Frogs bring in good luck in Shukunegi, Sado??

by Fujiko
Are they a family?   How many are they? In Japan, we are in the midst of so called rainy season or 梅雨. And what creature we see ofte...

Persimmon flowers and baby persimmons from Sado!

by Fujiko
Have you ever seen persimmon flowers?  These are the flowers of おけさ柿”、or Okesa persimmons.   Okesa persimmon is one of the Sados  agric...

No explanation from Sado

by Fujiko
Silent conversation...        

Sado Gourmet Information vol.5: de Vinco Henjinmokko in Niibo

by Fujiko
Collaboration of Watanabe brothers in Niibo.  Not so long ago... Oldest brother went to Germany to learn sausage making. Second brother w...

Sado Gourmet Information vol.4: Yozaemon in Aikawa

by Fujiko
 What would you like to have for lunch today??  I ordered soba 4-course lunch this time which includes sobainari, soba croquette, soba(cold...

Events and Festivals schedule of Sado Island in June, 2016

by Fujiko
First on Jun. 5, Sugiike Matsuri at Sugiike natural reservoir in Ryotsu.   Its a mystic shrine ritual held at Sugiike(cedar pond), actuall...

”鬼太鼓” or "Ondeko.com" is coming soon on May 22, on Sado Island

by Fujiko
 Sado is the island of Ondeko(鬼太鼓) or demon dance with taiko(Japanese drum).    Demon masks waiting to be worn by ondeko performers.  Are ...

錦鯉、Koi, Carps - Swimming jewels in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture

by Fujiko
One of the Niigata Prefectures features:  Koi (carp) farms.    This is Matsuda Koi Farm, the biggest of its kind in Japan.  In each ta...

Lover's Sanctuary and Onsen(hot spring) in Niigata Prefecture

by Fujiko
Senami Onsen in Murakami-city is famous for hot spring and Lovers Sanctuary on the beach.  There are more than 100 Lovers Sanctuary in ...

Taraibune(tub boat) ride in Shukunegi, Sado Island with a craftsman

by Fujiko
He is a rower and a craftsman building たらい舟” tub boats in Sado.  He is Keiji Kaneko, one of the few craftsmen left in Sado Island building...

Sakura (cherry blossom) information from Sado

by Fujiko
Are you a 桜前線(cherry-blossom front) chaser?  Excuse me of my bad handwriting, but this photo was taken by my friend a few years ago. This ...

SL, Steam Locomotive and Hina Doll Festival in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture

by Fujiko
Here comes the Steam Locomotive! On Mar.20, 2016, SL 村上ひな街道号” arrived at Murakami Station with the cheers of locals and tourists.    T...

Kobe Beef? No, no, it's Murakami Beef in Niigata Prefecture.

by Fujiko
Again, its Murakami Beef in Niigata Prefecture. Unlike Kobe Beef known worldwide today, even some locals in Niigata Prefecture barely reco...

Accommodations in Sado Vol.1 Kaifuso in Seki

by Fujiko
Listen to the ocean...  This is a small inlet just a minute walk from Kaifuso. Kaifuso is the one located in the middle of houses with l...

Sado Gourmet Information vol.3: Shimafumi in Mano

by Fujiko
Sado, an island of rice fields, but...    Yes, we also love tasty breads and here in Shimafumi (しまふうみ), which means taste of the Sado Isl...

Coastal scenes of Sado Vol. 1

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Different faces... Sado Island is located off the coast of Niigata Prefecture about 40km away.  Its circumference is 280km and encircled by...

Sado Gourmet Information vol.2: Osaki Soba(buckwheat noodles)-eating Gathering

by Fujiko
Held only several times a year! This gathering is called Osaki Soba no Kai.  Osaki is a community in Hamochi, Sado Island. Soba is trans...

Special tie between Tsuruga in Fukui and Sado

by Fujiko
Japanese people cherish the idea of ご縁”, literally means tie, link or bond. This is the Kehi Shrine in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture. There...

Dirty but sacred ritual is coming soon in Sado

by Fujiko
Quite unique shrine ritual in Sado called Taasobi shinji. Can you imagine what this is?  Is it a commedy show? Actually, this is a sacre...

Sado Gourmet Information vol.1: Yamashita in Shukunegi

by Fujiko
Im sure this is the information youve waited for as a tourist. Generally speaking, we have less variety of restaurants and cafes in Sado ...

New Year's Shrine Ritual in Sado called "Do-oshi" ( pushing one's torso? )

by Fujiko
Every year on Jan. 3,  Do-oshi is held at Bishamon-do Shrine in Tsukifuse village in Sado. Local men with loincloth as demons lift a man up...

5 shrines and 1 temple from New Year's Eve to New Year's Day

by Fujiko
Happy New Year 2016!   Starting from Kokubunji temple in Mano - Ringing temple bells 108 times to cast away earthly desires before the new...

Extra scene in 2015 Preparation for the new year?

by Fujiko
Bottling springwater is a common sight in Sado There are many fountains in Sado since Sado is blessed with two mountain ranges, Osado mount...

Another winter scene of Sado, this time Shukunegi

by Fujiko
Mochitsuki (making rice cakes) , a once popular event before New Year for every household, was held in Shukunegi. Japanese people offer moc...

Let me introduce you the super cool duo from Sado!

by Fujiko
The other day, a small concert was held at Kyomachi-chaya cafe in Aikawa.   Theyre cool, arent they?  They perform jazz concert few ti...

One of the winter scenes of Sado

by Fujiko
This is Hamochi Oichi, year-end market with an unique twist! This market had usually held on Dec.15 mostly for farmers after receiving the ...
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