Delicious Setouchi: The Capital of Blazing Flowers, Hana Moyu [Tour Report Part 1]

Following the delicious Setouchi monitoring tours to Hiroshima, Shikoku & Hyogo, here comes the Yamaguchi edition, which was held on March 30th, 2015.
The tour starts in Hiroshima. The skies are clear!
 
We start at Hofu city, and visit the Hana Moyu Taiga Drama Hall and Tenmangu Shrine, then head to Shunan city to indulge in pufferfish at Fujiyoshi ♪ And to finish off, we tour the well-established Sakai Sake Brewery and pay a springtime visit to Kintai Bridge!
 
The first part starts with Hofu, the city connected with Hana Moyu!
 
Hofu is where Fumi, Yoshida Shoin's little sister and the heroine of the NHK historical drama Hana Moyu, spent her final years. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I will keep the writing to a minimum…
 
Here you can see garments and props actually used in the drama, as well as the look of Hofu city towards the end of Edo period – it was reproduced with computer graphics and diorama. 
 
There are plenty of exhibitions and a lot of work has been put into allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Hana Moyu. 
 
The tour participants were also passionately enthralled by the facility!
 
After the Taiga Drama Hall, we headed towards the city center in the footsteps of the reformists, which was the stage for actual historical events.
 
Founded in 904, this is Japan's first Tenjin shrine, and is counted among the Three Great Tenjin Shrines. 
 
Along the way to the temple you can find many spots related to the reformists, such as Gyotenro and the Daisenbo site.
 
We take a look over the Hofu town area from Shunpuro, which is located within the temple grounds. We could even see cherry blossoms below us♪
 
 
A walk in history while admiring flowers… Before we realize, it's time for lunch, which when visiting Yamaguchi, has to be pufferfish… and that's why we head to Fujiyoshi, a well established Japanese restaurant that specializes in pufferfish and other fresh fish cuisine in Shunan city!
 
 
This is the lunch course filled with pufferfish that surprised the tour participants:
 
 
 
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Masashi Fujimoto

 

 

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Masafumi Fujimoto Hi there! My name is Masafumi Fujimoto. Until the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, I was engaged in editing production at an advertising company in Tokyo. However, the earthquake was a turning point in my life and I headed home to Yamaguchi. When I arrived, I was extremely energized and motivated to help revitalize the region, but I had a hard time adjusting to the motivation level of the local people. Around that time I met an elderly lady who said: "It doesn't matter if all the people move away from the island; that's just the nature of things. Someday people will come back again." Lessening the tension I’d been feeling, those few words relieved me hugely, and I was able to finally adjust. Since then, I've been involved in writing and editing magazines, and working in advertisement production, as well as doing a little bit of farming. I also spend time walking around Setouchi searching for the many, many voices out there.

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