(lit: Fragrant Storm Valley)
in Asuke-cho, Toyota C.

Asuke is a small town lying between low mountains in North-East of Aichi Pref.

November May
Beautifully changed maple leaves
(lit. waiting the moon appearance bridge)
over the Tomoe River

It is said that the best season of korankei is Autumn.
4,000 maple trees change their green leaves into red and yellow.
They hold "Korankei Momiji matsuri (Korankei maple Festival)"from the beginning
to the end of November. Maple trees are illuminated from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
It is so beautiful and we can enjoy the trees aflame with red and yellow leaves
in different way from the daytime.
Tea ceremonies, koto or drum performances, ceramics exhibition, Chin-don parade etc.
are held during the Maple Festival.

Japanese dogtooth violet

We enjoy a heavy growth of Japanese dogtooth violet in early spring (late March) on the North-West hillside of Mt. Iimori .
In summer, we have a barbecue party on the river side of the Tomoe River,
enjoy fishing (you need permit from the fishermen's cooperative to fish)
and children play with water.

Japanese umbrella made in Asuke a roof covered with moss and plants

Sanshu-Asuke Yashiki
(traditional Japanese farming village)

There are a farm house, a store house, a cow house, a water mill, handcraft center, etc.
They show a traditional Japanese life in mountainside.
Recently we Japanese can have convenient and easy life even in the country.
But they still keep it and lead us nostalgie.

entrance fee: 500yen
business hour: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.(tickets are sold until 4:30p.m.)
closed: Thursday (if thursday falls on a national holiday, friday will be closed), Dec. 25 totJan. 2
Open everyday April 29-May 5, and month of November.
(The hours of operation and days may change without notice.)
TEL: 0565-62-1188

Information copied from a leaflet of Sanshu Asuke Yashiki
Farm house This building presents the traditional Japanese house with a thatched roof and big beams.
Smoke coming from cooking rice in a pot, steam coming from cooking miso soup,
and firewood in the open fireplace
Livestock Cows and chicken used to be raised at the farms. Cows were used for farming work, fertilizing, and as food.
Cattle farm were seen in various areas up to about 1965.
In the past, chickens also served as a clock for local people.
Straw Crafts Straw was thought to be more valuable than trees.
Straw products were of necessity for life in Japan.
Weaving Thread dyed at Konya are used. It takes 2 to 3 weeks to make one roll of cloth.
In the past it was a very important job for women.
The level of importance is expressed in the saying, "not ready to be a wife until you can weave".
Store House In the Dozo store house, silkworms are raised from summer through autumn.
There are also other exhibits on the second floor.
Wooden Tub Making Sawara cypress trees that are 100 to 150 years old are the best material for making Oke buckets.
Bamboo holding band is for the special oke such as "Iwaibitsu
Umbrella Making Bangasa paper umbrellas begins by making ribs.
Mikawa-Morishita paper made at the Yashiki is used to make umbrellas.
The secret to the long life of a bangasa is to throughly dry it after use. The colors deepen as you use it.
Water mill Suisha water mill is located at the side of the paper making house.
It used to be an important power source to support farm living.
Farmers used the Suisha to clean rice and wheat, and Kiji-shi wood turners used it to turn the lathes.
since the Meiji Rea, the suisha had been used for spinning and lumbering.
Paper making The method of making 100% Japanese paper from Kozo bark is called Junkizuki-washi.
Our Mikawa-morishita paper is a type of this paper, which is very durable,
and characterized by making two sheets at the same time.
At Yashiki it is used for making a bangasa umbrella.
Charcoal Making Oak, Japanese oak and Abemaki are used to make charcoal.
Black charcoal is produced for the ease of starting a fire.
The charcoal is also used at our coffee shop to roast coffee beans, and can be purchased.
Black Smith Hand beaten knives can be repaired many times.
These knives cut and feel great in your hands, and can be used for kitchen and mountain work.
Bamboo Basket Weaving Aske is famous for the abundance of bamboo trees that are high quarity.
A wide variety of bamboo trees including Madake, Hachiku and Kurochiku are used
depending on the purpose of the item being made.
The ability to make bamboo sticks is the gage to determine the individual worker's skill.
Wood Turning Kiji-shi wood turners create trays and bowls from Keyaki and Tochi using a turning wheel.
You can enjoy the beauty of Kiji products with an Eno-abura oil finish.
You can also enjoy the deep color, and the feel of the products as you use them.
Dyeing Indigo dye is made the traditional way, without using any chemicals.
two large Aigames (indigo dye pot) are located in the center of the room.
Anyone can try the indigo dye using the pottery.
(Event Hall)
Banbankan has a slogan, "Let7s Do It" (banban iko).
A Syowa period house is on display inside. the present exhibition depicts images of Asuke from the 1950's.
(handicrafts Center)
Handicraft studio: The indigo Dyeing can be viewed in the middle room.
In the other rooms, you can try a variety of cafts using bamboo and indigo dyeing.
Kaedemon Gate The tradition of making a non-nail joints hozozashi and a white wall shikkui is seen in this gate.
Domestic timbers such as; Japanese cedar, cypress, pine and chestnut are used to make pillars and beams.
Souvenir Shop Located on the Tomoe River side of Kaedemon.
health foods, locally grown produce, and Japanese handicrafts are sold.
Activities you can try hand loon weaving, natural dyeing, making straw slippers, bamboo toys
such as Taketombo, paper making, bamboo basket weaving and Goheimochi.
Reservations are required for each activity. The fee, class size, and times may vary.
Hinoki-jaya Restaurant you can enjoy our popular set menu Hinoki-Teishoku with Goheimochi, grilled ayu fish and sansai-soba.
You can enjoy fresh yomogi-mochi (mug wort rice cake) in spring,
and see Kancha and yubeshi making in winter.
Kunpu-tei Restaurant A restaurant serving homemade Tofu. Also enjoy the view of the river and mountains.
Coffee shop
Located on the riverside of Nagayamon. Homemade coffee beans are used to brew fresh coffee.
Enjoy the aroma and the sound of the river. the charcoal used for roasting coffee beans is also homemade.

Koujaku-ji (temple)

established in 1427 (Oei 34).
Soto school.
It is said that the maple trees in Korankei were started to plant in 1634
by Sanei-osho, the 11th priest of this temple.

Asuke Chuma-kan

Small museum.
The building was ex-Bank of Inahashi built in 1912.

closed: Thursday and Friday
entrance fee: free
TEL: 0565-62-0878

Asuke Castle

Suzuki family, who occupied Asuke area during the late 15C to the early 16C, built the castle.
Since 1990 Asuke government has been re-built it.
The design of the castle was based on the result of the digs.

Asuke and rows of houses

Aske town prospered as an important place on the old highway called Chuma-kaido¹ or Shio-no-michi ²,
which was the rout of transportation of salt, produced along the shores of Mikawa Bay faced to the Pacific,
to Shinshu (now Nagano Pref. inland area) in the Edo period (1903-1868).
Even in the Warring State Period, lots of warriors such as Takeda Shingen's troops had passed there.

1: The beasts of burden were horses at that time, so the highway has been called Chuma-kaido (lit. middle horse highway)
(They changed their horses in the middle of the way???)
2: Literal meaning of "Shio-no-michi" is "the Salt Road"

In Asuke Town people still keep many old houses in good repair, and use them
as homes, shops, exhibition places or museums.
They have been tried to keep the atmosphere of the old days
It is a small town and you can visit almost all the must places in a day.

Festivals and Events

Hachiman-gu (shrine)
Jan.7 Wish your good health and served Nanakusa-gayu
(rice porridge with seven grasses) to everybody

Haru Matsuri
(Spring festival)
2nd Sat. and Sun
of April
Festival of Asuke jinja (shrine). Seven float decorated with flowers are drawn in
the town. Girls festival.

Asuke Renaissance
beginning of May during the Golden Week, handicraft workshops, tea ceremony, etc.

Tomoe-gawa Ayu Matsuri
(the Tomoe river sweetfish Festival)
1st Sun. of august Ayu fishing competition, catching ayu with your hand, etc.

Natsu Matsuri
(Summer Festibal)
Aug. 13-15 Lantern Festival with 7,000 candles.
People decorate special lanterns called "Tankororin".

Ayado-no-Yonembutsu and Bon Odori
(Night Prayer to the Buddha area
and Bon Dance in Ayado)
August 10 and 15 In Ayado area.
7:00p.m.- Night Prayer to the Buddha
8:30p.m.- 10:00p.m. Bon Dance

Asuke Machiju Hakubutsukan
(Asuke, all over the town, is a museum)
beginning and end
of September
People in Asuke keep many old tools or goods.
They exhibit them in front of their houses.

Asuke Matsuri
(Asuke Festival)
2nd Sat. and Sun.
of October
Please check the photos below.
Festival of Asuke Hachiman-sha (shrine)
Four floats (6m-high) assemble from the four areas in the town to the shrine.
we can also see the matchlock performance.

Korankei Momiji Matsuri
(Korankei Maple Tree Festival)
Nov. 1 - 30 Maple trees are illuminated from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Tea ceremonies, koto or drum performances, ceramics exhibition,
Chin-don parade, etc.

click to view a larger picture
Asuke Matsuri is held by brave men who wear traditional clothes called "matsuri-banten".
They jump and dance on the second and third stories of the runnning floats.(right pic.)
It keeps us in suspense.
10:45 floats move to the shrine. 11:30p.m. floats assemble in the shrine yard.
Then move to Asuke government office.
Matchlock performance is spectacular with big sounds.
(0:00p.m.-2:00p.m. at the shrine, then take a break, and fire again until 6:00p.m.))

From Nagoya Sta., take Meitetsu Line.(30 min)
Get off at Higashi-Okazaki
Take Meitetsu Bus bound for Asuke @and get off at Korankei
kStop (70 min)
Walk 5 minutes.
(In the season we always have very heavy traffic jam

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