Kuwana

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Station #42: There were many rivers flowing into Ise Bay between Miya and Kuwana, so travelers avoided the problem by making their journey by boat.  It was a pleasant voyage and restful as we can see there are just sleepy heads visible under the sails.  Beyond the ships are the great walls of Kuwana castle, their unique dry stone construction helped them withstand the frequent earthquakes that plague Japan.  Kuwana was famous for broiled clams.  Some Tokaido guides devoted their pages exclusively to discussions of where to get the freshest local delicacies and included critiques of restaurants.\n\nImage Copyright: Minneapolis Institute of Art Kuwana Castle no longer exists, its walls and moats remain and are now a lovely park.  Flood walls contain the destructive forces of the rivers, but change the view considerably.  A small Shinto Shrine  now greets visitors, but everything is concrete. Behind the dragon fountain you can see some of the flood gates that control the snow melt that rushes down from the mountains each spring.  Japanese rivers are shallow, swift and dangerous and few are navigable more than a few miles inland.