The Fukiya Village in Okayama, Japan-Part 3-
What to see in Fukiya surrounding area (2)
Keep walking down the street from “Bengara-kan” or “Sasaune”, then you’ll reach at a large house.
On weekends and holdays during on-season, you can take a cyclic bus to/from the village.
5 min. by car from each location.
A quick note: Nearby, there is a shrine called "Konsei jinjya", literal translation would be "Golden energy shrine".
A god called "Konsei" is worshipped there, and its "Go-shintai" has a shape of a male's body organ starting with "p".
I have a photo, but I don't dare to post it.
[The former Hirokane residence]
The Hirokane family was a headman of the area called “Oonoro”, and gained wealth by copper mine and producing “bengara”.
The house was built by their second-generation, and main parts were completed in 1810.
There is a “Suikinkutsu”, literally means “water koto (Japanese harp) cave”, in the garden.
Suikinkutsu is a sort of music device – a big pot buried in the ground which make a melodious sound when water dripped inside through the top hole.
You will hear subtle, echoing sound on rainy days.
There is an annex built in the “Taishou” era (1912-1926), which has a bathroom and rooms for Japanese tea ceremony, guests, etc.
It’s used only once, for the master’s wedding.
The previous owner, the master of the Hirokane family who had already moved to Tokyo, donated this residence to Okayama in February 1985.
This place was chosen as a location for the second and third film versions of “Yatsuhaka-mura” (The eight-grave village) in 1977 and 1996.
The film is based on a novel by Seishi Yokomizo.
[The ruins of the Yoshioka copper mine]
There is “The Nishie residence”, another wealthy merchant’s house on the opposite side of Hirokane.
I’m going to write about Nishie in the next post.
On the way to the Nishie residence from the village, there is an another part of the Yoshioka copper mine.
It’s not really for tourists, nothing has been done except some boards showing the name of the area (like “Senkoujyou” (The place for beneficiation), “Seirenjyo” (The finery), etc.)
There is the third entrance of mine tunnel, but of course you cannot go in.
All you can do is just looking around the place as it is.
There is a notice board with several warnings in Japanese.
- Roads are not fully maintained, so please walk in the centre carefully.
- When you cross the two bridges, please take a central route and be careful.
- Please never ever go into bushes, a pit viper will be waiting for you.
- Follow the instructions of your guide.
Nobody is in charge on site, so the last warning is only valid when you go there with your guide.
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