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Let’s continue our Journey in Tottori prefecture,
with Tamaki Hiroshi ♡
Somewhere nearby the Misasa onsen (Misasa Hot springs),
Tamaki san notices a statue of a man and a wolf!
While getting closer,
he says that he can tell by the cloths that it’s related to
a story in Heian period (794 to 1185 C.E.)
Then he reads the text and his face becomes serious!
This is a statue of Minamoto Yoshitomo’s Servant,
you probably know about his Role in
NHK’s 2012 historical drama “Taira no kiyomori“
He played the Role of Minamoto no Yoshitomo
I borrowed the text from the official page of Misasa Onsen:
One day, Samanosuke Okubo, a samurai warrior, encountered an old white wolf. Although he took up his bow to shoot the wolf, he decided against it and let it get away. That night, Myoken Bodhisattva appeared in Samanosuke’s dream and told him where a hot spring was in appreciation of the fact that he had spared the life of the white wolf. After that, it is said that this “life-saving” hot spring healed villagers’ diseases.
Tamaki san explains about the fact that he played the role of Yoshitomo in the NHK Historical Drama, and says that he tried to go to the places which had a connection with Yoshitomo’s life… but he had no idea he could find something like this in this town. He also says that finding this statue here, makes you think about how the historical events are all related to each other…
Wonder what he’s really thinking about…
Yoshitomo was really special to him I think ^^
Let’s move on XD
And is surprised that you can peek in it for free!
Lately all of them need a coin to work!
As he takes a peek…
He finds something even more interesting!!
A very mysterious building in the heart of a rock!
Mitokusan Sanbutsuji (National Treasure)
Tamaki san is going to climb up there,
and take us to the place knownas the most difficult
place to worship in Japan!!^^
But before that…
He enters the restaurant and asks
the old man if he’s been running the shop for a long time,
And he says that he’s the 3rd generation!!
So the answer is definitely YES!
Then Tamaki san asks if the area has a local special dish,
and the old man answers:
Tamaki san is going to try it! XD
Sansai udon with mitoku doufu.
First he takes a bite from the tofu…
And enjoys eating it so much it’s easy to tell
by looking into his eyes XD
Then turns back his head toward the owner
“Tofu is my favorite!”
They also talk about the wasabi
and the owner tells him that the taste changes
during the year and it becomes more spicy
when it gets cold in autumn and winter.
Here comes the desert… XD
Tamaki san says with a very happy look on his face:
“Gonna have the full course! Udon, Tofu… “
he opens the lead and..
Then turns back and looks at the owner again:
“I… actually LOVE zenzai too!!”
He also says that he eats zenzai almost everyday
when it gets cold!
Then he asks the owner:
“Compared to the normal mochi,
tochi mochi is softer, isn’t it?”
And the owner confirms and also says that
zenzai becomes tastier when it gets cold
and Tamaki san also says that
it’s like the body asks for it!!
XD With a very satisfied face:
After getting the energy from
the delicious meal…
let’s get ready to do some climbing!
But before going up…
he has to sign up!
And hear some advice about the tricky points
of the dangerous way to the top.
Also receives a wagesa (Buddhist stole)
and puts it on ^^
And the person in charge,
tells him that he has to aim for
a building called “monjudo”
Ready to go!
The rain is very tricky on this day…
It starts and then stops and starts falling again （；^ω^）
From the very first step…
Tamaki san admits that he can already feel that
they have a “hard to climb” way ahead of them!
Well… It’s not famous as
“The most difficult place to
worship in Japan”, for no reason!
GOOD LUCK!Climbing up the rocks…
holding to the roots of the trees coming out of the ground
choosing where to put your steps
and being careful not to fall on the slippery rocks!
It’s the real thing!
God knows what happens if you fall O_O
And the umbrella is really on the way >__<
He can only use one hand!
But there’s no helping it…
The showers become strong at times
and he needs to get shelter from the rain!
He really needed a rain coat here (^_^;)
As he gets closer to the target,
the way gets even more dangerous!
It’s getting steeper…
and the rain is causing trouble!
Finally he decides to fold the umbrella…
“It’s really SLIPPERY here!” he says!!
It’s no joke… it’s a real climbing! XD
Leaving the umbrella behind
as he can’t keep going with one hand…
he gets closer and closer…
with his hair and his shirt getting wet in the rain!
Finally… monjudo appears in front of him!
But it’s not over yet…
He is beside the building,
but needs to climb up again!
The rain water falls down on him from the roof…
There’s a very rough slope…
with slippery rocks!!
He holds the chain and climbs up…
His shirt is all wet and his hair is a mess ♡
Just a little bit more >__<
And he reaches the top!!
Takes off his shoes…
and steps on the wood flooring
outside the building!
No breath left!
He really put so much energy on this…
Came a long, tough way!! （；^ω^）
As he walks closer to the edge…
like some energy is being injected to him…
He becomes excited again… ^^
“ooooh… uuuuh… waaaah…. “
Is exactly the sounds he makes,
After seeing the great scenery in front of his eyes XD
“This is GOOD!”
“Of course I know it will be a beautiful view on a sunny day,
but I think I should say I’m glad it’s foggy today!
It looks much more whimsical looking like this!”
Seems like he was a little bit
worried about the result of this climbing…
whether they will get to find a real unexplored spot
with beauties to show to the audience or not…
“Since you can’t see anything modern or artificial up here… I look at this scenery while imagining this landscape has not changed so much from when this place was built many years ago!”
“Had a tough time climbing all the way up here… but getting to see this landscape… Somehow you feel relieved and relax… The moment I saw this scenery, I forgot about many things going on in my mind!”
it will just make human beings
look really tiny in your eyes!…
There’s no way we can ever win against
the great nature…
because it has a much longer
history compared to us,
the human beings for sure!”
It was a tough tough climbing…
it was worth it…. ^^
This look on his face… worth it all! (o´艸`)♡
It was a wonderful trip…
A great chance to see another side of Tamaki Hiroshi!
And getting to know more about
the beauties of his country!
Next is a visit to
Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture
End of part 2
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Thank you so much for always reading the reports ^^
Just a quick note.
I know some words and some names can show up in the report which may not be familiar unless you know a little bit about the Japanese culture… maybe more than a little bit XD But I try not to make the story long… that’s why I just link the word to a website like the official page or an English Wikipedia page to make it easier to follow the story. Just roll over the word and click to open the page ^^
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