In the past, we have been introducing you to Yamaguchi Prefecture and Yamaguchi City’s sister cities. In the next couple of issues, we would like to introduce to those who are new to Yamaguchi, our very own Yamaguchi City! We will keep you updated on the interesting festivals that are coming up during the year while informing you on various sightseeing areas for you to check out.
One of the first places you should visit as a new Yamaguchi resident is the five-story pagoda, also known as Rurikoji. The Ouchi family copied the 31 meter pagoda from Kyoto but many people visited Yamaguchi’s to avoid the war-stricken city of Kyoto. It is one of the 3 famous pagodas in Japan and it is a must-see every season.
Another famous location in Yamaguchi City is the Yamaguchi St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church which was established in 1952 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Francis Xavier’s visit to Yamaguchi (this can be read in one of the past issues of ACCESS). It burned down in 1991 but was rebuilt in 1998. There are several themes to the Church； light, water, and tent. There are also nine bells that have messages of peace and happiness in scripted.
Lastly (at least for this issue), is Yuda Onsen. Also featured in our October/November 2009 issue, this area has a history of approximately 800 years. The Yuda Onsen legend is that an injured, white fox cured its wounds in the waters so if you visit that area, you will find fox statues in various locations.
Also, here is an update on two upcoming festivals in July:
July 20, 24, 27 - Yamaguchi Gion Festival (Yasaka Shrine, Tatekoji area)； the highlight for this festival is the dancing and the carrying of the Omikoshi
July 24th - Fushi no Natsu Festival (Ogori)； the fireworks are definitely a sight to see.