Fukushima castle town diorama at Oguratei site, Feb. 5, 2021. (福島城下町ジオラマ 御倉邸に展示 2021年2月5日。)

(#Fukushima castle town diorama, Oguratei, Fukushima, Feb. 5, 2021. #福島城下町ジオラマ 御倉邸 福島2/5/2021)
Fukushima Castle existed in Edo period as the center of Fukushima domain ruled by Itakura clan. The ruling continued 167 years between 1702 and the end of Edo period. The scale of the clan was small with 30,000 “koku”, which was far smaller than other feudal domains such as Aizu, Nihonmatsu, and Shirakawa. Photo above shows entire diorama of Fukushima castle town which reproduced the castle townscape in Edo Period for the first time ever. And this castle town was the origin of the current Fukushima City, a capital city of Fukushima Prefecture.

The diorama was created based on old maps and drawings from 1705, 1711, and 1805. An old map shown above is from 1805.

(#Fukushima castle town diorama, Oguratei, Fukushima, Feb. 5, 2021. #福島城下町ジオラマ 御倉邸 福島2/5/2021)
In the close-up view of a part of the diorama shown above, “honmaru” or the core part of the castle can be seen with the Abukuma River flowing in the back and surrounded by moats on the other sides. There is no evidence of castle tower in here. Residential area of Itakura family is also fortified by moats. Current Fukushima prefectural office is located adjacent to the castle residential area, which is called “ninomaru”.

Oguratei residence site is where Fukushima castle town diorama is being displayed until 21st of this month. It is located just south of the castle town area where rice for the castle was carried and stored. Oguratei itself was a former public residence of Fukushima branch manager, Bank of Japan, built in 1927. It is 15-minute walk toward southeast from JR Fukushima Station.

At the same time, panel display for the history of Fukushima City is being held at AOZ hall which is 5-minute walk toward north from the station. It is focused on the history between Meiji and early Showa period. I think it’s a good opportunity to visit and see both to learn more about the city.

The exact route and locations are shown in a map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.

Koseki Yuji Seishun Hall in Fukushima, July 11, 2020. (福島市の古関裕而青春館 2020年7月11日)

Today, I had a meeting in Fukushima City in the morning. On the way back to JR Fukushima Station, I stopped at Koseki Yuji Seishun (=Youth) Hall located in the city center. It is located 15-minute walk from the station. Or you can take a special wrapped bus featured “Yells” as shown in a picture above. “Yells” is a name of NHK’s morning TV drama series currently on air in which Koseki Yuji is a main character.

The great composer Koseki Yuji was born in Fukushima City right in this neighborhood and lived his youth age. His parents ran a long-established kimono silk fabric store. The traditional wooden sign board of the shop which was more than 5 meters long was on display as shown above.

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Antique record player and cash register which were used in the house were also on display. These machines were of state of the art at the time.

Lastly, here are one of my favorite songs of him which depicted an old mountain train connected between Numajiri and Kawageta in Inawashiro. Both video footages are short sections of a video which were on screen at the hall.

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Right next north to the hall, I found a silk item shop called Oriwori and they had silk face masks on sale made from world quality Kawamata silk. I purchased one for trial as shown above and let’s see how it works.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.

To date, I’ve been rather focused on cycling and mountain hiking in Fukushima Prefecture. But I accidentally had an injury riding my bike this May and because of my age in late 60’s, from now on I want to shift to walking tour using public transportation. With this new style, I want to further find hidden treasures in Fukushima.

Mid-winter scenery in Fukushima City: Robai blossoms and swans, January 22, 2020. (福島市の冬の風物: 花見山のロウバイ、岡部の白鳥、2020年1月22日。)

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(Swan habitat, Okabe, Fukushima, January 22, 2020. 白鳥飛来地 岡部 福島 1/22/2020)
I visited Fukushima City today and enjoyed typical mid-winter local scenery. Photo above was swan habitat along the Abukuma River at Okabe. I found nearly 100 swans in total at the site. There are many swan habitats along the river in winter season across Fukushima Prefecture from Shirakawa in the south to Date in the north. As far as I know, this one is the largest along the river.
嬉しいな あの声・すがた 渡り鳥

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(Robai blossoms, Hanamiyama, Fukushima, January 22, 2020. ロウバイ 花見山 福島 1/22/2020)
I also visited Hanamiyama Park in the city and found Robai or wintersweet blossoms as shown above. This is a rare flowering tree in mid-winter which came from China.

There stood a stone monument just next to the Robai trees near the trailhead, inscribed with a poem which said “Robai blossoms bloom after a storm from Azuma Mountains is gone”.

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I also found sasanqua camellia blossoms as shown above which was another popular flowering tree in winter.

Both sites are located about 20-minute local bus ride from JR Fukushima Station as you can see in the map below.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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