2014年2月アーカイブ

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mid_title.png Kawagoe town is called "Ko-Edo" which means little Edo. This is because it was a very important area in the Edo period, especially for politics and the military. You can feel the atmosphere of the Edo period even now. There are many sightseeing places in Kawagoe, we have introduced a few of them to you!!

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電車各線乗り入れで、より身近になった『小江戸川越』。池袋から東武東上線快速で26分、有楽町から東京メトロ副都心線で55 分という近さ!浅草エリアからちょっと足をのばして、川越で下町散歩と江戸気分を満喫してきました。

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Kura is a Japanese storehouse, which has been fire-resistance building. People keep household tools there. Many Kura in this area are used as various shops, for example Sake, Japanese ceramics, Japanese traditional sweets, frame shop, and more. You can enjoy shopping while you are feeling the atmosphere of the town 100 years ago!
We can have a very good time, because of the old and beautiful Kura houses! We are almost like time travelers!

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The original tower was built in the early Edo period. The bell has rung to announce the time for about 390 years! Now it is fourth bell, which was built immediately after the Great Fire Kawagoe in 1893. We have passed under it, and found a nice small Shinto shrine. We have loved this area around the tower. We are sorry that we couldn't hear the bell is ringing. However, the bell rings four times a day now, at 6:00, 12:00, 15:00, and at 18:00.

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Japanese cheap candy shop "Dagashi-Ya" is loved by children. Of course we often went to the shop in our town when we were children. In this lane "Kashiya-Yokocho", there were about 70 cheap candy shops in the early Showa period around 1950. Now about 20 shops are there, but you can feel the atmosphere of Japanese downtown "Shita-mach" of the Showa period. Enjoy various kinds' cheap candy and toys for Japanese children!

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Kawagoe Castle was built in the Muromachi period in 1457, and Honmaru-Goten was built in the Edo period 1848. Now you can visit the entrance, hall, and many small rooms, which were moved here and re-built. We are interesting in the various kinds of small rooms. Anyway while we are walking in Honmaru-Goten, we feel as if visiting in the Edo period. Or we are in the Samurai movie!
(Sae)
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There are many sightseeing places and beautiful natures in Saitama Pref.
For example, do you know "Bonsai" village in Saitama City? Yes, "Bonsai" is the miniature potted-tree, which is one of Japanese traditional crafts. "Bonsai" village is the most famous place of "Bonsai"-world worldwide.
If you would like to enjoy Saitama more, why don't you use rent a bike as many roads for bicycles have been constructed in Saitama Pref ?
Rent a bike shop in Saitama "B-Ike" is very useful for you, because of the transportation service by shuttle in Saitama Pref. And making the best day tour plan for you! "B-Ike" has known about the roads for bicycles in Saitama very well.
Moreover you can take a shower at B-Ike after cycling!

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B-Ike Service and Fee /Available for guests taller than 147cm or 58"
★ Electric assisted bicycle rental, all day
★ Free transportation by shuttle in Saitama Pref
★ May ask to incur expenses for highway toll, car parking, and gas charge to drive outside of Saitama Pref.
★ Voluntary guide service in English language available
★ Usage of B-Ike's guest lounge, locker, shower, and wireless LAN
★ Accidental insurance (covering guest only)
★ Fee: 5500JPY per guest with tax and above services/Need reservation
★ See model courses & more information: www.b-ike.com

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sakurai.jpgE-mail: ike@b-ike.com
Location: 2-1768-3 Yamazaki Bldg.1F, Nisshin,
Kita-ku, Saitama (4 min.walk from JR Saikyo-line Nisshin Sta.)
Access: 36min. by train bound for Kawagoe
from JR Saikyo line Shinjuku Sta
Open: 8:00-19:00/without holiday (About irregular holiday see website)


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30数棟の蔵がお店になって軒を連ねているようすは、歴史を感じつつも、気取らない下町の魅力がいっぱいです。瀬戸物屋を覗いたり、行列の先頭が鰹節屋の店先で売られているおにぎり(1個200円)なのを発見したり、なんとものどかな下町散歩。手作りベーグル屋のカフェのランチも大満足!すぐ近くに「大正浪漫夢通り」があり、大小の大正ロマンな建物が今も活用されているのを見るのも楽しいです。やけにステキな歯科医院が元デパートと聞いて、ビックリ!

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室町時代の長禄元年(1457)築城された川越城に、本丸御殿が作られたのは江戸時代の嘉永元年(1848)。現在はその一部が移築復元されて中に入ることができます。控えの間の狭さや数、形など、実に興味深く見学しました。 直線距離にして1 kmくらいのところには平安時代創建といわれる「喜多院」があります。ここは徳川家ゆかりの寺として有名で、家光公誕生の間や三大東照宮の一つ、仙波東照宮など、文化財がいっぱい。川越が「小江戸」と呼ばれるのも納得です。

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下町情緒と江戸カルチャー、大正ロマンつきの川越。自転車道を走って20 数km先には「いちごの里よしみ」があり、1月〜5月中旬頃までイチゴ狩りが楽しめます!
『ビーアイク』が提案するのは、散歩のように楽々な電動アシスト自転車でのサイクリングと、送迎車に自転車を積んでお気に入りの場所までの移動を組み合わせた、「いいとこどり」の新しいサイクリングの形です。

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★基本料金5500円(税込み/1名分)で、次のサービスが受けられます!/要予約
   
   料金に含まれる主なサービス
   1)電動アシスト自転車レンタル
   2)自転車コースのご相談(ボランティアでの同行ガイドサービスも可能)
   3)ビーアイク施設利用(シャワー、ロッカー、ラウンジ、無線LAN)
   4)傷害保険(利用者のみ対象)

★ 貸出し自転車の規格上、利用者身長147cm以上が基準
★ 車での送迎は基本無料、ただし高速走行料金、駐車料金、埼玉県外走行分のガソリン代はお客様が実費負担
★ オプショナルサービス、大宮盆栽村などのおすすめコース等、詳しくは: www.b-ike.com

★ お問合せ・予約申込み ike@b-ike.com
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営業時間8:00-19:00
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     ビーアイク株式会社

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Before I become Kabuki lover, I thought Kabuki was difficult and bore for me. I couldn't imagine that I was sitting at the seat of the Kabuki theatre. Also I couldn't understand why the audiences enjoyed Kabuki. 
But now I have been crazy about Kabuki world especially Nanboku's Kabuki, he is a very famous Kabuki playwright in the Edo period.

He is my best Kabuki playwright, I've loved his plays of the main characters are the lower classes in the Edo period. Because they sometims live the darker side of human life, they have vitality and wonderfully charms. The unique stories maybe make you surprised, moreover the scenes are used every device.
While one full Nanboku Kabuki, I am absorbed in watching. I am moved, surprised, laugh and chuckle. However Nanboku's world has many factors, it is very enjoyable directly.

Anyway, my old friend Coco who lives in Las Vegas has visited in her home town in Chiba from 5th day in Feb. She went to see Kabuki for the first time the other day, she is very lucky to watch Nanboku's. She enjoyed Kabuki titled "Kokoro-no-Nazo Toketa Iro-ito" very much, however watched from halfway. She bought MAKUMI-ticket the price was 2000Jpy only. MAKUMI means single play. (In the detail see the following)
Coco told me she couldn't catch words a while, and she confused character's names, but no problem! I've not been surprised to hear that, because of Nanboku, this is Nanboku!                                                   (SAE)


★"Kokoro-no-Nazo Toketa Iro-ito" Feb.1-25/11:00-15:07

★"Earphone-Guide" service available
It provides translation of dialogue, lyrics, the explanations relating to the stories, and more!
Full program:700Jpy/Single play:500Jpy
Refundable deposit:1000Jpy

★Ticket: 4000Jpy-20000Jpy 
Reservation: http://www1.ticket-web-shochiku.com/en/

★MAKUMI is to see just one play at the Kabukiza Theatre.
If you want to continue to see, you buy next one's ticket at the theatre. No reservation.
MAKUMI fee and the hour on sale  
11:00-12:03/1000jpy (about10:30)
12:38-13:29/1000Jpy (about11:15)
13:49-14:20 & 14:35-15:07/2000Jpy (about12:50)


★The Kabukiza Theatre
Phone:03-3545-6800(10:00-18:00)
Location:4-12-15Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
http://www.kabuki-bito.jp/eng/contents/theatre/kabukiza.html

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