Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This is the reconstructed site which looks a little bit odd between the skyscrapers of Fukuoka:
Here you have closer look at one of their houses:
And here are the inhabitants of the village. Isn't that one happy Yayoi family? By the way, the woman in the back looks very suspiciously like one of my Japanese teachers here at Genki School:
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
This time I was at the right place, so all I had to do was to ask someone which bus line I had to take, because -as usual- Kanji only! The bus driver put me off in the middle of an industrial park area and after asking the people at a petrol station I really mananged to find the sign (meanwhile I knew how Kanenokuma was written in Kanj) leading to the site.
And here it is. I am proudly presenting the middle to late Yayoi burial site of Kanenokuma:
The central point of the exhibition is a piece of a 'fossilzed' excavation trench:
In contrast to other periods a lot of child burials existed in the Yayoi time. At this huge burial ground more than 50 % of the burials are children's. Here an example of a jar burial tyical for the middle Yayoi period:
You may remember that last week I battled the dangerous water snakes. This week I had to cope with the even more dangerous water frogs:
But this might explain the high death toll among the Yayoi children :)
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
For comparison, the latter tile is from Korea (unified Silla Period, now BM).
It's a real pity I couldn't take photos because there were really beautiful artefacts here from the Palaeolithic up to modern times. But it seems to be a rule here that museums with expensiv entrance fees do not allow photo shooting whereas the smaller ones, which are free, are also very generous.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Today it's a huge park-like recreation area which also hosts a number of museums and temples.
This is one of the bridges leading to the Shinto shrineTenmango. This shrine worships Sugawara Michizane (a 9th century sholar) as "God of Scholarship" who was exciled and spent the last two years of his life in Daizaifu. After his death they built a temple to calm down the ghost of Sugawara Michizane who was obviously responsible for a series of catasthrophies.
Although in folclore the God bird "Kiuso" was worshipped (looks like an owl) there are definitly more turtles here than owls. They are everywhere in the ponds and lakes of this site, there are numerous statues and even the big water basin in front of the temple is featuring the 'kame-sama'.
A little shrine in the Daizaifu park area:
A wealth of little shops is plastering the street from the station to Daizaifu proper and one thing you definitly have to try is a toasted mochi, a specialty of the area. It's a rice cake filled with sweet azuki bean paste. Try it hot! Oishii!!!
Friday, August 24, 2007
On my way back I watched a film team at one of the side street restaurants 'Mutchan':
To be honest, I don't even know what kind of food they are offering, but it must be pretty famous, since a TV show camera team showed up. The only thing I know is that they cook something on a hot plate. Hm....maybe I will go there one day and have a closer look.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Kids have their fun here, too:
and there are regular performances on the Canal City Stage:
The best thing, however is the dancing fountain:
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Fukuoka City Museum Entrance Hall
Fukuoka City Museum View from Entrance into adjacent Park
It gives a good overview over North-Kyushu's prehistory and history and houses for example the famous gold seal of the kind of Na:
Unfortunately photography wasn't allowed in the exhibition halls, which means I spare you the archaeological details.
If you have thought that I finally came to an end with the archaeology part, you are wrong. But this is the last thing you will hear about Yoshinogari. On both sides of a road leading to the main tomb there were more than 2,000 burial jars:
Lets have a quick look inside and than you are done with all the boring archaeology (that is for today :) )
Saturday, August 18, 2007
They are also growing rice in paddy fields as part of their experimental archaeology:
And some details:
Tonight a Kumazemi ('bear cicada') choose to die on my balcony. Its last song was so loud and pityful - not only did I wake up, I jumped upright out of my bed because I thought an ambulance is rushing through my room.
I know they are loud when they are sitting in a tree and chirping their souls out but this was different. That's what she looked like (roughly 6-7cm long) and here is a sound file (just look for Kumazemi) http://kimoto.cc/ykk/semi.html