Kitakata: a town of kura, ramen and sake breweries, May 9, 2016 (蔵とラーメンと酒蔵の街、喜多方 2016年5月9日)

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(Kura buildings along Otazuki Avenue, Kitakata City, May 9, 2016. 蔵の街 喜多方 おたづき蔵通り 金忠蔵 と 豆〇 2016/5/9)
Photo above shows typical kura buildings in Kitakata City. There are about 4000 kura buildings left in the city today and most of them are still in use. The city suffered a big fire in 1880, but many of kura buildings survived and many more were built since then. Kanechu kura building on the right is for miso or soybean paste brewery. Mamemaru on the left is used as a cafe today. We can have delicious sweets and dengaku snacks using excellent miso at the cafe. They were built about 180 years ago.

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Tourist center located along Otazuki Ave. is also a kura building as shown above.

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Photo above shows Anshoji Temple in the back near Fureai Ave. The original wooden temple was built in 1442, but it was burnt down in 1880, and then it was rebuilt in 1896 as a rare kura structure which is durable against fire.

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Even a bank has a kura structure as shown above. The photo shows Aizushinkin Bank building near Anshoji Temple.

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There are some old kura buildings along Fureai Ave. west of the Tazuki River. A three-story kura building of Wakaki Shoten is one of them. It was built by bricks in 1905 as shown above.

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Photo above shows a kura residence with black plaster wall located along Fureai Ave. It was built in 1924.

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Photo above shows a kura building of a sake brewery built in 1790 for Yamatogawa Sake Brewery. There are ten sake breweries in Kitakata City today and many of them have won gold medals in recent national sake contest. Junmai-ginjoshu which means sake from pure and well-polished rice named Yauemon from this brewery is also excellent.

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JR Kitakata Station also looks as though it has a kura structure. It uses similar kind of bricks and walls for kura building.

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Kitakata City is also famous for the specialty food "Kitakata Ramen". A Chinese man started a Chinese noodle stand in Kitakata City about 90 years ago, and this was said to be the origin. Actually, Genraiken Ramen Shop shown above has developed from the Chinese noodle stand. The board shown above explains the history.

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Bannai Shokudo has added chinese noodle to its menu from early days. This has contributed to the development of Kitakata Ramen. Photo above shows today's Bannai Shokudo ramen shop and it serves really good ramen with salt-broth. The shop opens 7:00 in the morning for breakfast ramen.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. (The latter half of the route is missing due to GPS halt.) The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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