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This pine forest, the peninsula of Miho and the beach of Matsubara have become a World Cultural Heritage in the company of Mount Fuji in recent times. With all its pine trees (as it’s name indicates) is also the home of a very ancient and famous legend all over Japan: The Legend of Hagoromo!

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If you are not one of the visitors coming in one local bus or a crowded tourist coach take the time to enter the forest past the big shinto torii gate and walk along a wooden path

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The monument marking the entrance of the “Path of the Gods”

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Take your time and take a rest if need be

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The whole path is lined with venerable pine trees

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This park of pines and its legend was already mentioned in the “Wagasode Journal” written in 1899

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Naturally the Legend of Hagoromo is also explained on the same type of traditional Japanese announcement board but I will be able to explain in detail with pictures soon

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An incredibly shaped pine tree

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The Legend of Hagoromo, “Hagoromo (羽衣)” means veil or garment. One day a local fisherman discovered a veil hanging on a low branch of a pine tree.

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Just as the fisherman was going away with the veil a lady deity appeared and told him it was her veil and to give it back to her.

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The fisherman asked for a dance in exchange for her treasure without which she wouldn’t be able to go back to heaven.

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Playing on her lute she performed the “Dance of the Moon”

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But after the fisherman returned her veil she disappeared in the sky

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You will find a Hagoromo Hotel by the entrance of the pine Forest

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Naturally the hotel has a statue commemorating the legend

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There are also bilingual boards at the entrance of the pine tree forest

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Every year a Traditional Noh Theater play is performed inside the forest to relate Hagoromo’s legend of the Celestial maiden and her veil.

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Very good English explanations

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The legend says that the pine tree is 650 years old

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The very pine tree and its low branch

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More information but only in Japanese

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The Matsubara Pine Tree Forest

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The Noh play takes place there

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Don’t worry, the park has plenty of shops for food and refreshments – and facilities

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Visitors come from all over Japan

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The pine forest has it own minuscule shrine called “Haguruma”

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Many people of course visit the beach

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The beach overlooking Suruga Bay

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From the beach and during the colder part of the year you can enjoy an incredible view of Mount Fuji

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But it is still too early for the bathing season

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Of course you may play on the beach as much as you want

    
Name Hagoromo Park&Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach)
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Address Hagoromo Park, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka Prefecture
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Robert-Gilles Martineau

Robert-Gilles Martineau

Robert-Gilles Martineau, a 40-year French resident in Shizuoka and japan has been blogging and writing about his love for Japanese gastronomy and tourism in three languages since 1998. His motto: "There is always a new place to visit and a new food to taste out there!"

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