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02/24/2018

The legend of the “Gankake” in Usu-cho, Hokkaido

What does "Gankake"(GA-N-KA-KE) means?
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"Gankake"(GA-N-KA-KE) means to
make a humble entreaty,
or in other words,
pray(or wish) to  God or  Buddha.

The legend  of the “Gankake”in Usu-cho.


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(Jizo-do)
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(Ojizo-sama)
 
A long long time ago,
 
 
Ojizo-sama drifted into the Usu Sea.
 
 
People built a "Jizo-do" in the place in which
 
 
"Ojizo-sama" drifted upon and worshiped it.
 
 
Someone wiped "Ojizo-sama"
 
 
wishing for their mother to get better.
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After a while
 
 
Her mother get better.
 
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Some people touched the cloth to their knees
 
 
after wiping Ojizo-sama's knees.
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What a surprisel!
 
 
The pain disappeared.
 
 
As the word spread,
 
 
many peole came to wipe ojizo-sama.
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Ojizo-sama is always wishing for
 
 
everyone's happiness.
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Usu “Health”and “Good luck”Project
 
 
 
In 2015,
 
 
The Usu Vacation Village Projyect
 
 
started "MA-CHI-O-KO-SHI"
 
 
or in other words to revitalize the town.
 
 
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photo Wipe-OMAMORI (Fuku-OMAMORI)
 
The wipe -OMAMORI(Fuku-OMAMORI),
 
 
is a product that has been prayed
for health and good luck at Usu-Zenko-ji.
 
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Usu Zenko-ji Zen-chan's song is a song
 
that sings sbout the Ojizo-sama and was made
 
just for this project.
 
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Ojizo-sama's temple is called Zenko-ji JIzo-do.
It is 15 minutes on foot from Usu-Zenko-ji.
 

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02/21/2018

-Usu special products-

Blessed with lots of nature!

Please try our seasonal products!

 

Route 37

 

On Usu Melon road

 

Sold here are seasonal vegetables,

fruit, and seafood.

                                                                 Usu Melon road

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Route 37

Direct sales stores of Melon Road

in Usu-cho

Purchasable items of each shop

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Manabi no sato
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Apple juice
Seaweed
Shellfish
fish
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Sato farm
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Apple juice
Apples
Watermelons
Vegetables
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Hara farm
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Melons
Watermelons
Apples
Vegetables
Fujikawa farm
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Melons
Watermelons
Apples
Vegetables
Kumazawa farm
meloms
Pumpkins
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Spring
Vegetables
・tomatoes
・Cabbage
・lettuce etc…
Seaweed
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・Kelp
・Seaweed( Iwanori) etc...
Fish
・(Fish) overnight dried
Fruit
・Strawberries
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Summer
Vegetables
・Tomatoes
・Cabbage
・Lettuce
・Japanese eggplants
・Corn
・pumpkins
・Mini Tomatoes  etc…
Fruit
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・Watermelons
・ melons
・Apples
Fish
・(Fish) overnight dried
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Autumn-Winter
Vegetables
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・Pumpkins
・Corm
・Mini tomatoes
・Onions
・Cabbage
・Chinese cabbage
・Japanese eggplants etc...
Fruit
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・Apples
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Fresh and tasty

Special products of "Usu"

    Usu Zenko-ji ZEN-chan's song

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    ZEN-chan's song lyrics
    1)
    ZEN-chan  lives in HOKKAIDO
    A mascot of Usu Zenko-ji
    A big  head looks like the  roof of the temple
    Everyone says to me
    Why are your eyebrows  so big ?
    Look at me !  carefully
    It 's  just my big smile
    USU O-JI-ZO-SAMA is
    where your wish will come ture
    ZEN-chan  always
    wishes for  everyone's happiness
    2)
    ZEN-chan  lives in HOKKAIDO
    A mascot of Usu Zenko-ji
    A big face  big hands lovely mascot
    Everyone will ask me
    Why are you always sleeping?
    Look at me !  carefully
    It 's  just my big smile
    USU O-JI-ZO-SAMA is
    where your wish will come ture
    ZEN-chan  always
    wishes for  everyone's happiness

    02/19/2018

    Usu Vacation Village Project activities 2015-2018

    2015
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    diamondLookup information about Usu-cho

    diamondLaunched a website for information

       about Uso-cho

    2016

    diamondCreated a map of Usu

    diamondOpened a booth at Usu Zenko-ji

       Monzen market

    diamondMade wipeable charms

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    (Wipe-OMAMORI  Fuku-OMAMORI)

    diamond Created the Usu Zenko-ji mascot "ZEN-chan"

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    2017

    diamondCreated a new map of Usu

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    (English version is being created right now)

    diamondOpened the MON ZEN CAFE

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    diamondCreated the Usu church mascot "Batch-kun"

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    2018

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    Activity Expenses for the Usu Vacation Village

     

    Profit from the sale of original products

    Sales from the MON ZEN CAFE

    We are tracking our own activity expenses

     

     

    02/17/2018

    Good luck charm Fuku-OMAMORI

    Good luck charm
    Wipe-OMAMORI  Fuku-OMAMORI
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    The Fuku-OMAMORI sells at
    Usu-Zenko-ji monzen market
    and MON ZEN CAFE.

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    How to use Fuku-omakori
    First
    Wipe Obinzuru-sama(Usu-Zenko-ji)
    using  Fuku-omamori.
    Next
    Wipe Ojizo-sama (Jizodo) the same way.

    Be sure to make a wish while wiping

    the statues.
    After wiping….
    You can use it as bandagean athletic supporter) 
    or an eye mask.
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    "Polo knot"

    A small hill at the tip of Usu Bay

     

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    "Polo knot"

    There is an observatory at the top.

    There isn’t much snow in  Usu-cho,

    so it is climbable all year round.

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    "Pomma"

    The spot of a fine sunset.

    Today I started climbing from "Pomma".

     

     

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    The "Polo knot” can be seen on the right.

    From here you can reach the summit

    in about 5 minutes.

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    "Poloknot Forest Park"

     

    The start of the climbing point.

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    Spectacular big trees!

     

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    One minute after climbing

    You can see the "Pomma"

    from earlier down below.

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    These are the stairs to the observatory

    at the steepest climb.

     

    The first flight of stairs goes very high!

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    A superb view is waiting after a climb!

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    The beautiful sea known as "Usu Blue"

     

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    The shining Altri Cape can be seen from here.

     

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    Although there are steep climbs too.

     

     

    These are recommended scenic spots all year round!

     
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    Story of ZEN in Usu 1

    Nice to meet you.
    My name is ZEN.
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    Here is a temple  built in Edo Period.

    有珠善光寺は江戸時代に建てられたお寺です。

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    ZEN's hairstyle..
    Form of thatched roof of Usu Zenko-ji Temple.
    I like it.
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    Let me introduce you to my friend "Usu-wan" .
    It's a swan can not fly living in Usu Bay.
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