The Country of AkizunoIn the country of Akizuno, you can eat, stay, buy, and play!
It’s nice to have regional cuisine made by local mothers in the farmer’s restaurant, to stroll around Akizuno Garten, or to try picking mikan taught by local farmers. There are different views in season in the country of Akizuno.
Here is an Old Country
|5 minutes from Akizuno Garten on foot||Shrine on the Sky: Ryuzensan Ryujin-gu Shrine|
1200 years ago, Waki Kiyomaro’s (733-799) precious hawk died. He divided
its bones into three and buried each in Mt. Takao in Kisyu, Mt. Takao in
Kyoto, and Mt. Takao in Bizen, his home town. At that time, he built Senko-ji
Temple on Mt. Takao in Kisyu and Jingo-ji Temple on Mt. Takao in Kyoto,
and he mourn for the hawk’s death. Later, it was burned down by Hideyoshi’s
attacks of Kisyu. A small temple was built on the foot of the mountain,
but again it was burned down. Moving to Hiraoka, and it merged Saiko-ji
Temple on that land and present Senko-ji Temple was built. After that,
the temple registered as twenty fifth of Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.
It is said that Kobo Daishi was in Ryujin-gu Shrine, the sacred place, which stood on 500 meter above on top of the mountain. Ubame oak is sacred tree and it lives about 400 years. It is very valuable as a living ubame oak individually and is designated as a national treasure in Tanabe city and Wakayama prefecture.
Other than that, there are cultural and historical sites in Kamiakizu. Please look at Akizuno Guide Map for details. Those historical spots are tied up with regional resource.
The Country of Mikan and Ume
|Nationally Famous for Fully Ripened Mikan
|Kisyu Nanko-ume Growing District|
The year-round supply crops are valuable for the farmer’s market and green tourism. One of the biggest regional resources is crops in Kamiakizu.
The Country of Regional Development
|Mixed Functions Kamiakizu Area||Akizuno-jyuku Organization Chart|
Please look at the chart. All groups in Kamiakizu are joined in Akizuon-Jyuku. So after Akizuno-jyuku was formed, it became easy to handle various matters rapidly in the area.
The Country of Community Vitalization
|Akizuno Flower Festival||Akizuno Summer Festival|
Where children gather, parents gather; that’s how people meet in the region.
The Country where Residents Tries Hard
|Farmer’s Market Kitera which Moved to the Current Place in 2003.||Kitera’s Feature: Citrus Fruits throughout a Year!|
In 1999, the movement of economic activity related to regional vitalization occurred. Akizuno-jyuku couldn’t take all business management, so we offered investments to the residents, and 10 people gathered and brought a hundred thousand yen each. With that, a farmer’s market was started in the used prefab house. As business went well, projects of Oren-chi Juice Club and Akizuno Garten went on.
Human Resource Cultivation for Regional VitalizationIt is natural to think about own region, build, and develop it. However, due to busyness of individual lives and work, there is less time for residents to consider about own region. In addition, more communities seem to rely on the administration about revitalizing regions because there is less time and power and also population aging progresses rapidly.
There isn’t any pipe dream that a big company brings a factory or a place to work. By the economy globalization, we might lose working place with losing attention to own region.
We have to start development of human resource to support regions for the future. It doesn’t matter the ages. The leader who can balance between regional vitalization and economic activity and apply the regional resources to develop the region is needed in this time. Therefore, Akizuno regional vitalization school had opened for three years since 2008, ahead of Kisyu-Kumano regional vitalization school.