Welcome to Usu in HOKKAIDO.
Usu is different from the Mt.Usu.
There is a port town a beautyful cove Usu Bay
My name is Zen the mascot character of Usu-Zenkoji Monzen-iti.
Monzen-iti (門前市）＝ an outdoor market.
My hair stayle is the sharp of hatched roof of Usu-Zenkoji.
My working hours : Late April to October / about 10am to 3pm
My holiday : Rainy day and November to early April
Behind the sea Usu Bay
When I am tired. I often relax on a bench or in the tree shade.
Selling specialty local food and goods
Ice cream made with egg of quail.
A variety of seaweed
Japanese sweets, Oden, etc…
flesh and delicious!
I helping Usu sightseeing!
Here is Usu Jhon Bachira Memorial Church.
The stone church located in the hill of God
( called"Kamui Takkopu" in Ainu)
I get a great peace of mind.
It is my job to take a picture together.
Hope see you again !
Story of ZEN in Usu 1
Nice to meet you.
My name is ZEN.
In Usu Zenko-ji Monzen-market.
Here is a temple built in Edo Period.
Form of thatched roof of Usu Zenko-ji Temple.
I like it.
Let me introduce you to my friend "Usu-wan" .
It's a swan can not fly living in Usu Bay.
This story is to be continued.
Hokkaido "Usu healing road "guide
(Usu station 2016.9.)
There is wonderful walking trail beginning at
John Batchelor Memorial Church
and continuing to Enmei Jizouson in Uso Cho, Date city, Hokkaido, which is both relaxing and healing.
Along this short walking trail there is a church,
a shrine and jizoudo.
We would like to take you step by step down this walking trail starting from Usu station.
We begin the trail at Usu station.
Usu station is located
between Date station and Toya station.
If you walk at a leisurely pace it will take you about ten minutes to go from Usu station to John Batchelor Memorial Church. The first point you will encounter along the way
you will soon see the John Batchelor Memorial Church.
(John Batchelor Memorial Church 2015.12.12)
|John Batchelor Memorial Church is located on a hill. This area is especially beautiful around June when the hydrangea flowers are in season and the church is surrounded by the flowers in full bloom. Regardless of what time of year you visit, you will always feel relaxed here. |
The Ousuyama shrine is known to local residents as “Benten Sama.” It is located by the ocean and is nice and quiet under the clear blue sky.
(Ousuyama shrine 2016.1.1.)
|Yamagamisama (Mountain God) |
From your left side you can see Usu bay. Soft ocean breezes and warm sunlight will bring you relaxation even in the month of December. As you look around you will see many swans who make their home here.
There is a public restroom here. It is rare to see a public restroom in Usu cho.
You can use 24 hours.
(2015.3.21. "Usu Bay")
Enmei (long life) Jizouson is next to the community center swan. The gate is open at all times. You are permitted to enter the gate even after the temple is closed.
This ojisousama is a protector of the health of family and children. For example, if your mother has knee pain, rub Ojizousama’s knee with a towel and then rub your mother’s knee with the same towel. This is the way to pray to Enmei Jizouson.
Ojizousama is shiny at the places where people have continually rubbed him for protection and healing over the decades.
This place is full of positive energy, love and peace.
|This short walking trail only takes a total of about eight or nine minutes to complete. |
We invite you to please come visit this walking trail.
It will relax you and fill you with energy.
Relax your body and mind
U S U Vacation Village Crowd funding
Usu Vacation Village Crowdfunding
Usu , Date city, in Hokkaido, is nice and full of nature.
We want to create a center for relaxation in Usu cho.
To accomplish this we started a crowdfunding campaign called
“Usu Vacation Village” with our friends.
My name is Hiroko Hataya.
I'm a native of Date city, Hokkaido.
I have operated my foot massage school in Sapporo.
My dream has always been to create an oasis like place
where people can relax and heal.
In Hokkaido, spring usually arrives in late April,
but in Usu the weather is nice with plenty of warm sunlight in March.
Mt. Usu is one of Japan’s most well-known volcanoes with an elevation of 737 meters (2,418 feet). It is located south of Lake Toya and is surrounded by a rich natural environment.
Our first step
toward building Usu Vacation Village
is to sell our foot healing products.
|We will sell our products |
and use the profits to expand our existing facility
and studio little by little in the future.
Our handmade studio.
The desks for the sewing machine is also handmade.
|In this photograph |
I am making a sanitary pad constructed from KODENSHI fiber,
which is waterproof and safe for the body.
These sanitary pads are ideal for women who always feel cold
and may suffer from urinary incontinence.
The sole reflects the condition of your health.
It is a lesser known fact that if your feet are having problems,
you may also have other health problems more often.
When your feet are distressed,
other parts of your body exprerience distress as well.
When your heart is fatigued, your feet will get cold.
If your stomach and bowels are sluggish,
the arches of your feet will swell.
When your back feels tired,
your toes become hard and dry.
As a consequence, when your feet get hard
and dry you are more easily prone to become irritable or angry.
The problem is that no one cares that your feet are tired.
|The key to your health is your feet. |
|It's time to realize that the health of your feet is very important. |
Self-applied foot massage lesson.
It's also good exercise during the winter season.
The recycled center stick from a plastic wrap package can be used as a massage tool that can be used while either sitting or standing. You can learn how to get rid of tired legs.
|How do we use your donation? |
|During the last year we spent a lot of time and money researching how to create our products from scratch. Our efforts were successful and we finally created our health support products. However, because all of our products are handmade we can only produce a limited amount. We require your donation so that we can increase our production to accept large volume orders. |
|Our fundraising goal is 4,000,000 yen total. So far we have raised 3,200,000 yen. We are only 800,000 yen short of our fundraising goal. With these monies we will be able to buy materials, develop product packaging, and purchase advertising. Please support our first step toward building Usu Vacation Village and for the future of Usu. |
|When your heart is fatigued, your feet will get cold. If your stomach and bowels are sluggish, the arches of your feet will swell. When your back feels tired, your toes become hard and dry. As a consequence, when your feet get hard and dry you are more easily prone to become irritable or angry. The problem is that no one cares that your feet are tired. |
What will Usu Vacation Village be like?
We would like to provide tours for people to visit historic landmarks and beautiful sites in Usu. We will produce and sell custom health foot bands and foot support products. We will also offer foot massage lessons.
|In addition, we plan to restore historic landmarks such as John Batchelor Memorial Church in the future. We will also train new foot massage therapists to volunteer their services in disaster areas. |
Foot massage therapist volunteer.
During the eruption of Mt. Usu in 2000,
we volunteered to give foot massages and
taught a foot massage class for the people
who were evacuated due to the eruption.
A lot of people were tired and mentally exhausted at that time.
When your feet get well then your whole body gets well too. When your feet are soft, and your heart is soft, your mind becomes more flexible. Your mind will be young and your face will look younger too.
We are looking forward to your support for Usu Vacation Village!
Usu Vacation Village Crowdfunding
You will get a Usu postcard if you make a donation of 3,000 yen.
|You will get a foot band if you make a donation of 10,000 yen.| Enmei (long life) Jizouson