In April 2015, the comic duo Ungirls were inaugurated as hometown ambassadors by Fuchu city, Hiroshima prefecture.
Mr. Tanaka of Ungirls is from the Joge town area of Fuchu city, and here is a message from the duo:
Mr. Tanaka says, "As it's a road I bicycled along everyday during my middle school days, I remember well the white-plastered walls of the Joge townscape." Mr. Yamane adds, "The town of white-plastered walls is a perfect location for taking photographs, go take a look!"
So without further ado, we went to find material for our article!
Ta-dah♪ This is that townscape of white-plastered walls. The Joge Christian Church, a symbol of the town, surely stirs up feelings of romance.
Okay, let's take a walk around town. First, we head to Sano Shiryokan.
It’s actually on the second floor above a watchmaker's shop (Sano Tokeiten)! The owner has put armor, helmets and other artifacts inherited from previous generations on display. As Joge was once an area directly under control of the Edo Shogunate, many artifacts still remain.
Next, we visited "Kyodo Ningyo-kan", which is located inside Suehiro, an antique shop.
There are so many dolls!!
The roots of "Joge dolls" are in the Hiroshima prefecture designated traditional handicraft of Miyoshi dolls. Apparently, from the Meiji era (1868~1912) through the Showa era (1926~1989) they were made to celebrate seasonal festivals.
They're filled with thoughts of wishing happiness to children.
Next is Mr. Yamane's recommended spot!
Okina-za is a theatre that was built during the Taisho era (1912~1926). Among the few wooden theatres still in existence, this is the only one left in the Chugoku region. Usually one can only view it from the outside, but during the Girls' Festival and the Boy's Day celebrations, you can also see the interior.
That was only a very brief introduction to the good ol’ Joge town area. There are many other lovely locations, but to finish off, we'd like to introduce a staple souvenir!
Presented in retro-style packaging, Yoshu ('western liqueur') cake is Joge's famous sweet.
Mr. Tanaka says, "Its mild sweetness and liqueur fragrance is the best! It goes well with coffee or tea."
Yoshu cake is sold at Joge station, among other locations. Together with the liqueur's fragrance, it’s sure to bring back all the memories of your trip.
Joge Tourist Information Center
Joge History & Culture Museum (Former Okada Residence)
*Each spot is within walking distance from here.
Address: 1006 Joge, Joge-cho, Fuchu city, Hiroshima prefecture
Closed: Every Monday (Open if Monday is a national holiday)
Homepage: http://www.kankou.pref.hiroshima.jp/sys/data?page-id=5377 (Japanese)
Fuchu City’s Official Facebook page:
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Furukawa
Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!
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