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- A Sacred Place for Animation
- Bentenjima Seaside Park in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, was selected as one of the “88 Anime Holy Places in Japan to Visit.”
Shizuoka is also famous as a sacred place for animation, as it was used as a model for the “EVANGELION:3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME”.
- Suruga Hina Dolls
- Suruga Hina Dolls are made in Shizuoka City and surrounding areas. They have been quite popular in Japan for celebratingl Hina Doll Festival on March 3.
- Plastic Models
- The culture of manufacturing that has continued since the time of Tokugawa Ieyasu, has now been passed down to products such as plastic models and mini 4WD.
The amount of plastic model shipments from Shizuoka is the largest in Japan (as of 2019).
- Art Museums, Museums,
Theaters, and Music Halls
Shizuoka has many art and music facilities per capita,
making them easily accessible.
- Shipment value of plastic models: No.1 in Japan (2019)
- Number of museums (per 100,000 people)
Shizuoka: 1.35 Tokyo: 0.62
- Number of theaters and music halls (per 100,000 people)
Shizuoka: 1.49 Tokyo: 0.85
Source: LIVE YOUR DREAMS in SHIZUOKA (https://www.koyou.pref.shizuoka.jp/30shizuoka/)
Places Associated with Tokugawa Ieyasu
Tokugawa Ieyasu, the famous warlord, spent more than 40 years of his 75-year life in Shizuoka,
leaving behind achievements that have been handed down to the present generation.
He spent his early life at Shizuoka Sengen Shrine,
in Sunpu (now Shizuoka) as a hostage of the Imagawa clan.
He allied with Nobunaga Oda.
Through the experience suffered a crushing defeat in the Battle of Mikatagahara,
he grew up to be a great military commander.
After Ieyasu became a Shogun and established the Edo Shogunate, he returned to Sunpu again.
Sunpu Castle, where Ieyasu resided at that time, and Kunouzan Toshogu Shrine,
where Ieyasu now rests, are both located in Shizuoka.