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.

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