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Roaming around a small town---“Isawa Onsen”


The scenery of Isawa Onsen

Hello, friends!

It is nice to see you again!


When I am writing this blog, I have spent one month in this small town called Isawa Onsen.

I have to say that the passage of time here is slower than any place I have stayed.

It is slower than my hometown Qingdao, slower than Tianjin, slower than Wisconsin Madison, and certainly slower than Tokyo.


"Slow" is the style of this place.


So, I want to express my feeling about the static time, through talking about the narrow and unchanging street scenery here.




Contents:

·Onsen Road

·Isawa Onsen Station:Ashiyu and Park

·Religious sites:the Hachiman Shrine and the Onmyo Temple

·The origin of Fuefuki City



Onsen Road

Walking along the Onsen Road

I am a person who like to take a walk in my free time.


In front of the hotel where I am working, there is a street called “Onsen Road”, which is the place I often walk through.


The road is so narrow that the vehicle can only be used by one party. Usually, some guests who don’t know the rules of “party pass” and slammed the car at the intersection. The destination is in front of you, and it doesn't mean that you can arrive right away.


Rriver along the road

However,the beauty of this road is that there is a river ditch that has been squatting down the road, and the paved roads show different kind of town flavor.

The squid in the river grows to more than half a meter, and sometimes wild ducks rush in the river.

This kind of path is too suitable for jogging.



Isawa Onsen Station:Ashiyu and Park

An ashiyu is a Japanese public bath in which people can bathe their feet.Of course ashiyu are free.

Onsen road leads directly to train Station, where there is a small park and an ashiyu.


But it is so small that you are likely to ignore the park. If you know more about Japan, you would find that the parks in Japan are small and hidden in the corners of the streets.


The “Ashiyu” in front of the station should be featured in the Isawa Onsen Station. Now that the weather is getting hotter, there are fewer people to go there. But if it's winter, you can relax yourself in this Onsen. I think it will be really happy and comfortable.


Religious sites:the Hachiman Shrine and the Onmyo Temple

Since ancient times Hachiman was worshiped by peasants as the god of agriculture and by fishermen who hoped he would fill their nets with much fish.

Onmyo Temple is a branch of Nichiren Buddhism

These two religious buildings--- the Hachiman Shrine and the Onmyo Temple --- locate in the most prosperous street in this small town.


As is well-known,there are many branches of the Hachiman Shrine in Japan. The Onmyo Temple is part of the Nichiren-shu.Because Isawa Onsen is close to Minobu mountain where is famous for Nichiren. Many temples here are the branches of the Nichiren Buddhism.


Walking around these two sites, you can find that the buildings are old fashion, and there are very few people to worship. Quietness can be felt anywhere.


The origin of the Fuefuki City

A pathetic story of a boy who died for his mother.

The roads in Isawa Onsen are not straight, but there is not too much angle either. Every street is very similar, which means you may find a little surprise inadvertently.


For example, the stone statue of the Fuefuki Kensanro.


Isawa Onsen belongs to Fuefuki City, and the origin of Fuefuki City is recorded on this stone statue. A teenager blowing a flute died in the flood for the mother's body. Although old-fashioned, it still expresses some faint sadness.


In my opinion,  "Fute Blowing" is still a very pleasant name to remember.


let's walk around Isawa Onsen!

One street at a rainy night

“Isawa Onsen” is famous for its Onsen, so there is a large number of Onsen hotels here.

The best choice is to stay in Onsen hotel for one night.

When you enjoy Onsen, it is not bad to walk around the street to feel the stagnation of time.

I think this is also a special feature of this small town.

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