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Irises Screens of Nezu Museum

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I went to Nezu Museum in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan.

Nezu Museum houses Japanese arts. And structures of Nezu Museum designed by Mr.Kengo Kuma, an architect of Japan, are in harmony with nature. 

 

Nezu Museum has a big Japanese garden.

There are a lot of plants and they are beautiful.
I think I am going to forget here is center of metropolitan area.

 

Nezu Museum displays "Irises Screens", a famous Japanese painting drawn by Korin Ogata, a famous painter of Edo Period, between April and May.

And there are some irises in the garden of Nezu Museum between April and May.

It is nice to see both "Irises Screens" and real irises.

 

There is a cafe "NEZUCAFÉ" in the garden of Nezu Art Museum.

I ate "Colorful Annin(Almond Jelly)" at it.

Sweet taste almond jelly and sourish taste of kiwifruit were very delicious.

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Tart, traditional Ehime sweets

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Ehime Tart, a sponge cake spread with sweet bean paste, has been made from Meiji Period in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

Sadayuki Matsudaira, the lord of Matsuyama, was taught recipe for European sweets in Nagasaki and he thought recipe for Ehime Tart in Edo Period.

In Meiji Period, Matsudaira(Hisamatsu) Family taught Matsuyama City's confectioners recipe for Tart, and Tart was spread over Ehime Prefecture.

I introduce famous shops of Tart.

 

1. Ichiroku Tart

I went to "Ichiroku Honpo Dogo-Honkan-Mae" across from Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building).

Ichiroku Honpo is one of the long established companies making Tart .

"Ichiroku Honpo Dogo-Honkan-Mae" has "Ichiroku Saryo", a cafe on the 2th floor.

 

We can eat sweets seeing Dogo Onsen(Hotspring) Honkan(Main Building) in Ichiroku Saryo.

 

This is "Meika Set", a famous menu of Ichiroku Saryo.

It has green tea, Tart and other Japanese sweets.

 

This is Ichiroku Tart.

 A sponge cake has a little peculiar flavor and been paste is sweet.

2. Rokujiya Tart

After, I went to "Rokujiya Dogo" near Dogo Onsen(Hot spring).
Rokujiya is one of the long established companies making Tart, too.

 

We can have green tea and Tart Set at Rokujiya Dogo.

This is Rokujiya Tart. I felt that Rokujiya Tart has a little sweeter than Ichiroku Tart.

3. Hatada on kuri Tart

At last, I went to "Hatada Dogo" near Ehime Prefectural Civic Cultural Center(Himegin Hall) in Matsuyama City.

Hatada serves "On Kuri Tart", a Tart including a big chestnut

 

This is "On Kuri Tart". A big chestnut is nice.

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Tai Meshi, a local food of Ehime Pref.

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I went to "Kaisen Hokuto", a famous restaurant in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

It serves "Tai Meshi"(rice with minced red sea bream), a local dish of Ehime Prefecture.

And it is the seashore region and we can eat dish seeing beautiful sea. 

 

"Tai Meshi" can be classified into two categories, one of category of "Tai Meshi" is based on Hojyo region and another category is based on Uwajima region.

This restaurant's "Tai Meshi Hime Zen" has both two types of "Tai Meshi".

 

This is "Hojyo Tai Meshi".

It is rice seasoned with kelp soup stocks and boiled with sea bream.

Boiled sea bream is tender and sweet. Rice seasoned with kelp soup stocks is delicious, too.

 

This is "Uwajima Tai Meshi".

It is raw sea bream on the top of rice with special sauce, mixed with egg.

Raw sea bream is chewy and sweet. Special sauce and egg suit rice and sea bream.

 

I took JR Yosan Line from Matsuyama City to Kaisen Hokuto.

Nearest Station is Koyodai Station, and it is five minutes walk to Kaisen Hokuto from Koyodai Station.

We can see beautiful sea from inside the train.

 

I took Iyotetsu Bus from Kaisen Hokuto to the center of Matsuyama City.

It is 30 minutes to Matsuyamashi Station from Kaisen Hokuto.

We can see beautiful sea from inside the bus.

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Matsuyama's tramcar and Botchan Ressha

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The main public transportation of Matsuyama City is a tramcar.

This is Iyo Railway(it is also called "Iyotetsu") Matsuyama City Line.

 

This is a conventional type car.(Moha 50, Moha 2000)

 

This is a LRT type car.(Moha 2100)

 

LRT type car is painted sponsor's color.

This is a car painted characters of Ehime Kokutai(National Sports Festival).

(It is called "Kokutai Mican Car".)

 

The interior of a tram car(Moha 50, Moha 2000).

 

Iyotetsu introduced the IC e-card, a smart card ticketing system.

But other smart card, for example, SUICA, PASMO and ICOCA, can't be used.(Apple Pay can't be used.)

 

You can use free WiFi(Ehime Free WiFi) in a tramcar.

 

It's the tramcar stop.(Okaido Station)

 

A flat fare of 160 yen(about 145 - 160 U.S. dollars) is charged on a tramcar.(Children are half price.)

A flat fare of 500 yen is charged on "one day passport for a tramcar" and a flat fare of 800 yen is charged on "two day passport for a tramcar".(Children are half price, too.)

 

"Botchan Ressha", a diesel-powered replica of a small-gauge steam locomotive installed in Matsuyama City in Meiji Period, runs a route of a tramcar.

Route:

   A. Matsuyamashi Station - Dogo Onsen Station

   B. Komachi Station - Dogo Onsen Station

"Botchan Ressha"'s name is based on "Botchan", the novel written by Soseki Natsume.

 

Its inside restores to original steam locomotive in Meiji Period.

A flat fare of 500 yen(about 450 - 500 U.S. dollars) is charged on it.

 

Botchan Ressha arrived at Dogo Onsen Station, the terminus.

 

It makes a turn at Dogo Onsen Station, Matsuyamashi Station and Komachi Station.

 

There is timetable of "Botchan Ressha" at tramcar's station that is stopped by "Botchan Ressha".

 

There is a crossing of a tramcar and a train in Matsuyama City.

It is called "Diamond Cross", and it is one of famous places of Matsuyama City.

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