On June 4, the Ministry of the Environment chose “100 Exquisite and Well-Conserved Waters of the Heisei Period” as successors to “100 Exquisite and Well-Conserved Waters” chosen by the former environmental agency in 1985. Katsura no Sennensui in Wachi, Muraoka Ward was chosen as one of them.
This is a traditional event held in Nagaita, Muraoka Ward on October 8 every year. Local young men dressed up as a bride and bridegroom go through the village to the sounds of a drum and flute in prayer for the productiveness of grain and perpetuation of descendants.
This festival is held at three roadside stations (Michi no eki Hachikita, Michi no eki Muraoka Farm Garden, and Michi no eki Ayu no Sato Yadagawa) in the town in March every year. In tribute to the boar, deer, and butterfly (“cho” in Japanese) drawn on Japanese playing cards, people enjoy hotpots using boar meat, deer meat, and pluck (also called “cho” in Japanese) and other foods in this event jointly held by the roadside stations.
In March 1972, the Sleeper train “Izumo Issue” debuted as a Sleeper train linking San’in area – Tokyo via the San-in Main Line, and was active as a foot to the local Tokyo area. On Saturday March 18th (Saturday) at 7:25 am, I passed the extra iron bridge a little behind so as to miss the parting. Many fans ran away while being sent off.