2013/02/01

Field Training at Usuki city

Four BFGC members explored Usuki city on January 16, 2013 for a field training. Main sites of the training were Usuki Sekibutsu (stone Buddhas), one of the national important cultural assets, and the downtown around the ruin of Usuki castle.

Participants of the field training
 
 It takes a little over an hour from JR Beppu station to the Usuki Stone Buddhas by JR and local bus. The Usuki Stone Buddhas are a set of beautiful statues carved from hardened volcanic ash. 59 statues were designated as a national treasure in 1995. It is believed that they were created in the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1185-1333) periods, however it is unknown who made them or for what purpose . Much remains a mystery. Admission is 530 yen for adult.


A part of the ruin of Usuki castle

Usuki castle was built in 1556 by Otomo Sorin, a christian daimyo.
A street with white walls in Usuki city
A private houses and a back street
An old  samurai house

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