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"In 2012 we started this project called Venezia x Izu, to help creating a connection not only between Venice and Izu, but also between Izu and the rest of the World. In 2020 Japan will host the Olympic Games and Izu will host the cycling events at Shuzenji Velodrome. A big chance for less known local areas to become more open to foreign tourism and to build worldwide connections. Please feel free to contact us for whatever needs you should have while visiting Japan (including camping, water and electric supply)!"

Izu Peninsula, lesser known destinationn you must see in Japan (part 25)

Izu Peninsula, lesser known destinationn you must see in Japan (part 25)

I've just came back from a brief holiday in my hometown Venice, with my family.

Before leaving Japan I had my last drive in the Izu area with my daughter and we discovered a "new" road we never took before.

It connects the north-western coast (Nishiura) with the Heda Pass.

You can drive for about 45 minutes in the woods without meeting any car. Very relaxing route to drive thru.

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We hadn't been lucky enough to see any wild animal that populates the area, which includes squirrels, wild boars and deers, but I hope to see some the next time!

In the middle of the woods there is also a camping area called Shimin no Mori, where you can camp, barbeque and relax with family and kids.

https://www.city.numazu.shizuoka.jp/kurashi/sumai/park/kouen/kobetu/shiminnomori.htm

https://www.city.numazu.shizuoka.jp/kurashi/shisetsu/shiminnomori/index.htm

You have to be careful because there are not many signs on the road and many narrow roads are going into the woods, taking you to some remote areas or private mushrooms or fruit cultivations. Better to drive with your Google Maps apply on.

Once on the top of Heda Pass you can then go down to the West Coast to Heda Town or go back to Shuzenji and Izu-Nagaoka on the other side.

Very nice discovery!

Now that we are back in Japan we will start having our Sunday driving journeys again, hoping to find some new, undiscovered paths!

Alberto

Izu Peninsula, lesser known destination you must see in Japan (part 24)

Izu Peninsula, lesser known destination you must see in Japan (part 24)

Recently, because of my two small children, I can't go eat dinner or lunch outside so often as I used to do before.

But I got the chance to have dinner out with my family twice in these days, as we had 4 days off due to the Obon summer holidays.

One of my favourite places to go is a sushi and sashimi local chain restaurant named Uogashi sushi.

The main shop is based in the Numazu's port area and then you can find many shops from Gotenba up north to Mishima and Ohito in Izu no Kuni City.

They're the perfect place to go with little children and with the family. Good quality and price, compared to other cheaper chain restaurants.

http://www.uogashizushi.co.jp/shop/

Usually, a family with one or two children can be satisfied and spend about 5000 yen in total (about 40 euro). In Italy for the same quantity and quality of raw fish you can spend almost 200 euro each.

The range of fish species goes from the simple tuna (with its many different cuts) and salmon to many different local fishes, whom availability depends also on the different seasons and the condition of the fishery market.

One of the most exciting experiences I had in these years is when I went to a restaurant specialized in Fugu fish cuisine.

It can be lethally poisonous due to its tetrodoxotin and it must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid them to contaminate the transparent and crunchy meat.

Its preparation is strictly controlled by law and the chefs must follow a hard and long training.

It is served as sashimi and chirinabe.

I've also tried whale meat, but honestly wasn't impressed that much. Tastes more like beef than fish to me... worth a try, anyway.

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Of course if you're together with some local Japanese people it is worth the chance to go to a higher level fish restaurant, but if you're alone and can't speak a good Japanese I'd suggest to go to a bigger chain restaurant as the staff of small local restaurants usually don't speak a word of English and in some cases can be rude to foreign customers (you'd hear the word "gaijin" a lot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaijin ).

If you're in the Izu Peninsula you should try fish restaurants first, as there are a lot of delicious dishes and species.

One of these is the Kinmedai, the red fish with golden eyes that I've mentioned in some of my previous blogs.

Then you could also try some meat restaurants, Japanese curry and typical Japanese mixed cuisine.

If you're with your children they probably NEED some western food also, but you shouldn't worry that much as there are some good Italian, Indian and American style restaurants too!

I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed by the food here in the Izu Peninsula.

Alberto

夏祭り、レデントーレ

夏祭り、レデントーレ

「今年も夏が来たな」と、感じる食べ物や行事などが各地にあると思います。
ヴェネツィアの人々にとってのそれが、7月の第三週末に行われる「レデントーレの祭り」です。

その週末は、ヴェネツィア本島からジュデッカ島にあるレデントーレ教会に歩いて行けるように330メートルの仮設の橋が架けられます。

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夏、レデントーレと言えば、スイカですね!

サンマルコ小広場やスキアヴォーニ河岸は、それを見物しようとする観光客で、明るいうちから身動きが取れないほど混んでしまいます。地元の人間はそういう場所には行きません。では、どこで見るのか。
一つはアルターナと呼ばれる所からです。
ヴェネツィアのアルターナは、木で作られた屋上テラスですが、最上階の所有者のみに建築申請の権利があり、近年は条例も厳しく、アルターナを持つのはそれなりのステイタスです。
もう一つの代表的な方法は、船ですね。
船を持つ者は、家族や友人たちと乗り込んで、サンマルコ近くの運河に陣取ります。モーターボートや、運搬用の船も、リボンや風船などの飾り付けがされ、祭りの気分を盛り上げます。そして空が暗くなるころには、たくさんの船たちで水上は埋め尽くされます。
日本だと夜の8時には花火を始められるが、ヴェネツィアはこの時期でも夜10時頃にようやく暗くなりますが、打ち上げ開始は午後11時半を過ぎるので、当然それまでの時間は食べて飲んで過ごします。

この時の代表的な食べ物が、Sarde in saor(サルデ・イン・サオル)、通称「サオル」、Bovoeti(ボヴォエティ)という直径2センチほどの小さなカタツムリともちろんスイカです

食べたり、呑んだりしながら花火を見ます。

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レデントーレの教会は、街にペストの猛威が吹き荒れていた1576年に建設が決まりました。
『この災難が鎮まった暁には、レデントーレ(救世主)という教会を建立します』と、第85代ドージェ(元首)が誓願をたて、ようやく終息した1577年7月の第三日曜に着工しました。
最終的に、街の人口三分の一以上である5万人の命が奪われたのだが、暗い悲しみから解放された日として、その時から7月の第三週末が祭りの日となりました。

日本の花火、夏祭りも綺麗なので伊豆に来たら稲取や伊豆長岡の花火を見に来てねー!

Alberto

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Izu Peninsula, lesser known destination you must see in Japan (part 23)

Travelling with small children is not easy.

I do it once a year, every year, going back home in Venice with my family.

Those 20 hours are one of the most stressful time ever. I must entertain the babies for all that long time in such a narrow space...

But even in the ordinary days here in Japan it could be hard to find the best way to please our children.

One of me and my daughter favourite spot is a park in IzuNagaoka, where she can run, climb a little bit and have fun on a small slide.

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https://asobi.eshizuoka.jp/e1038549.html

It is called Yuurakkusu Koen (Park) and there you can also sit and enjoy a foot hot spring and a course to walk barefeet and have a foot massage.

Also in Nagaoka there is the Riverside Park, a little bit bigger and equipped with also a swing.

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This is one of the reason to spend somedays in this area if you have children.

There are plenty of green areas in the Izu Peninsula, mostly for sightseeing but also many amusement areas for children are located in some particular spots.

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This is a green area that surrounds the Omuroyama Mount, in the Southeastern IzuKogen area.

It is not easy to do a comparison between here and my hometown in Italy.

Venice is a very particular city, where children still play ball everyday outside in many small squares, but there is only one big green area, well equipped with amusement tools.

I was extremely well impressed by the great attention paid for children amusement in the Italian Alps, where I went with my family two years ago.

Parks and places for children to play everywhere, very clean and fully equipped.

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Places like these, that can be enjoyed both by children and parents, will be never enough.

Every city and small town must focus also on creating and keeping clean and renovate constantly these kind of areas.

The fact that Izu has many of these places is another good reason to visit the Izu Peninsula, also with small children!

Alberto

反対派市民団体「No grandi navi(ノー・グランディ・ナーヴィ、大型船反対)」

反対派市民団体「No grandi navi(ノー・グランディ・ナーヴィ、大型船反対)」

先日の午前8時半頃にヴェネチアで、大型のクルーズ船がコントロールを失い、波止場に衝突する事故がありました。

警報を鳴らしながら、波止場に突っ込む大型クルーズ船です。

https://www.msn.com/ja-jp/news/autosvideos/venezia-levacuazione-del-battello-turistico-dopo-la-collisione-con-la-nave-da-crociera-msc/vp-AACgBnk

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別の角度からの映像では、クルーズ船が観光船を押しのけるようにして波止場に迫っています。

事故を起こしたのは、全長およそ275メートルのクルーズ船「MSCオペラ号」です。AP通信によりますと、この事故で観光船に乗っていた女性4人が避難する際にけがをしました。

クルーズ船の運営会社はAP通信に対し、事故の際、機械トラブルが起きていたと明らかにしています。

この機会を利用して、反対派市民団体「No grandi navi(ノー・グランディ・ナーヴィ、大型船反対)」の声がまた強く上がりました。

以前から、ヴェネチア市民達はクルーズ船がヴェネチア市内に入港しないように何回もデモをしています。

ヴェネツィアの町はもう、限界に来ていたそうです。

今日では、1日におよそ2.6人の市民が街を離れています。現在の人口は5万4000人で、これは過去50年間に12万人が減少した計算になります。

若い世代はアパートを借りることも買うこともできず、近郊の街へ引っ越していきます。

段々、ディズニーランドみたいなテーマパークのような場所になっています。

イタリア政府は、クルーズ船は海岸から約5キロ以内に近づいてはいけないと定めましたが、ベネチアは唯一の例外とされており、ここでは海岸から1メートルの距離まで近づくことができるのです。これはとんでもないことです。

環境相は「大型船の発着はマルゲーラ(すぐ近郊の工業港)か隣の他の港へ移し、ヴェネツィアへの大型船入船の完全禁止する方向で提案したい」とコメントを発表しました。

このような事件がないと何も、誰でも動かない国(イタリア)なのでこれからどうなりますか?

Alberto

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