皿そば屋がひしめく小京都,出石 / Izushi, called the ‘Little Kyoto of Tajima Province ‘


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Originally a business center for the Tajima region of Japan, thanks to the river port, Izushi is now a small and culturally strong area that caters to local and foreign tourism.
Izushi has castle ruins, a popular local scenic spot.
The first and original castle’s location on top of Mount Ariko was too difficult for even the ruling family and their retainers to reach easily and, in 1604, it was moved to the base of the mountain. It is the second castle’s location which now a popular tourist spot . While the castle itself does not exist anymore, the two front guardhouses were restored in 1968. The original castle foundations are still on top of the mountain and are accessible by hiking only.

The most iconic image of Izushi is the Shinkoro clock tower.
Built in the Meiji Era, the wooden clock’s name means “eight o’clock drum tower”. This is in reference to the old system of time in Japan, where shin was the starting point of the day between 7 o’clock to 9 o’clock. A drum would beat to call retainers to the castle to work and signal the businesses in the town that working hours had started. It was formerly part of the gate system into the castle, now only it has only a small moat filled with koi.

Izushi is known for being the traditional home of soba noodles in this area of Japan. It was said to have been brought to Izushi with the Sengoku family, when they were transferred by the Ashikaga Shogunate from Shinshu.
Traditional white porcelain pottery, in Japanese called yakimono, is created and sold in small studio shops in downtown Izushi. The professionally made ceramics in this town are called Izushi yaki.

Izushi, Toyooka-City,Hyogo-Prefecture,Japan.
September 2013, Olympus OM-D E-M5

小出氏は九代、約100年間続きましたが後縦ぎがなく断絶し,元禄10年(1697)に武蔵国岩槻より松平忠徳が移封されました。その後,宝永3年(1706)に松平氏は信州上田の仙石政明と国替えとなり,この際,仙石氏が信州からそば職人を連れてきたのが,名物 ”出石皿そば” のはじまりとされています。

2013年9月 Olympus OM-D E-M5

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