Snow melt from Mt Fuji seeps down through porous volcanic rock to resurface here as crystal clear springwater, feeding the river.
Hojo's territories falling into Toyotomi's hands also completes the unification of Japan under one ruler for the first time in centuries, ending the Warring States Period
the territory between the old capitals of Kyoto and Osaka, and the new capital in Edo, played a pivotal role in this part of Japanese history. This is not lost on Clavell, who strategically places his story on the Izu Peninsula
Hakone Hachiri has just been declared a Japan Heritage Area. Hachiri literally means 8 Li, a distance of approximately 30 kilometers. It refers to the stretch of the old Tokaido between Odawara (Tokaido Sation #9) and Mishima (Station #11), via Hakone (Station #10). During the Edo Period this stretch was a two day walk … Continue reading Hakone Hachiri, now a Japan Heritage Area
Unassuming Mishima town lies on a plain between Tokyo and Shizuoka. Mishima is nestled between the imposing frame of Mt Fuji to the west, and Izu Peninsula to the east. Japan’s first Shogun, Minamoto Yoritomo was a regular worshipper at Mishima in the 12th century.