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Hida-Furukawa tour

2015年5月23日 土曜日
7th generation of Handwork candle maker” Mishima” in Hida-Furukawa





Winter decoration in Takayama

2013年12月22日 日曜日

Straw ropes are winded around a used firework launcher tube as a decoration to ward off evil inTakayama. A launcher tube is made of a bamboo tube or a cardboard tube. Toyohashi city is well known for a tube  launcher firework. Tube launcher firework event in Takayama is taken place on August 9th every year. August 9th is pronounced ” Yaku” in Japanese meaning August 9th, which also means to ward off evil.

Hana-mochi literary means flower-like decoration of rice cakes. People in Takayama decorate short tree branches with white or ren and white rice cakes to compensate lack of flowers in winter. People bake or fry them and eat after January 15th.

JR Train from Kanazawa via Toyama to Takayama

2013年1月19日 土曜日

I took a local train at Kanazawa station around noon for Toyama on January 12, 2013, one day before Takayama tour guide for overseas customers. The train arrived at Toyama station after taking more than one hour. I changed the trains for Inotani around 2:00pm. It took more than one hour to get to Inotani.

The train arrived at Inotani station, and passengers change trains for Takayama. Inotani is the border station between JR West and JR Tokai.

The local train for Takayama is waiting for the passengers from Toyama. About 10 minutes later, The train started for Takayama.

Snow covered Jinya, administrative office of Tokugawa government in the Edo period was impressive. I guided overseas customers here on Jan.13, it was really fine day,and very much beautiful.

Iron chair displayed in front of a gadget shop draws strong attention from overseas customers.

Yew Tree Carving in Hida Takayama

2012年11月11日 日曜日

Yew Trees grow thick in the mountain area in Takayama. In England, Yew tree was used to make a bow. Yew tree bow was so strong and pliable that an arrow shot from Yew tree bow was able to penetrate iron armor of enemy soldiers. It is said why England defeated foreign army.

The seed cones are bright red berry-like fruits.

The end of the fruit is open.

This Ichi is designated as a preservation tree of Takayama city. Male strain and female strain, so dioecious plant. Some effort to find female strain was needed for me.

One of the old-established carving workshop, Tsuda chokoku which has a 170 year history and is situated near Takayama Jinya. Yew tree is called Ichii in Japanese.

Many differen types of chisels are used for carving.


Owl carvings. Fukuro is the name of the bird in Japanese,  and it means that hardship will not come to you. It is a good luck charm. As time passes, Yew tree carvings turn black. Newly caved yew tree is plain color.

Netsuke and other carvings.

Historic City of Hida Furukawa

2012年7月18日 水曜日

Colorful carps are swimming in the Seto River. White wall earthen storehouses are standing alone the river.

White earthen wall buildings are unique in Hida Furukawa.

Old-established sake brewery. Sugidama, a ball of Japanese cidar leaves is decorated as a sign of sake brewery.

Old-established Japanese candle workshop. The seventh generation explains visitors how to make Japanese candles. There are only a few workshops remain and do their traditional business throughout Japan.

The front of a Japanese candle shop, Mishima .

Work place for the artisan of Japaneses candle.

Yataigura, float storehouse for Furukawa festival.



Takayama Miyagawa River

2012年5月29日 火曜日

Extremely long-arm goblin, Tenaga and long-leg goblin, Ashi-naga are displayed on the railing of Kaji-bashi bridge.  Te-naga and Ashi-naga folklore is handed down in Japan, which represents the god of immortal.  There is another folk tale about the creature. This creature was regarded as a hobgoblin,a ghostly apparition, Yokai in Japanese. The creatures with their weird long arms and long legs are said to do wrong to people. So, two different traditions about Te-naga and Ashi-naga.  There is a shrine to dedicate the creatures in Nagano prefecture.

Ashi-naga and Miyagawa river.


Te-naga, long-arm goblin sits on the Kaji-bashi bridge railing.

Te-naga and Asi-naga sculptures were made by Yoroku Taniguchi, a sculptor of the late Edo Period.

Red colored Naka-bashi bridge crosses over the Miyagawa river.

The bridge has a decoration of Giboshi, which is modeled after the shape of onion flower.

Takayama Jinya, administrative office of Tokugawa goverment is over there. The bridge connected Jinya and old merchant town in the Edo Period.

Morning markets in Takayama

2012年5月27日 日曜日

Jinya-mae morning market started open about 200 years ago. The market opens every day morning until noon throughout a year selling vegetables,fruits,  flowers, processed food, pickles, souvenirs, etc.

Farmers’ wives sell long green onions called Negi wrapped with used newspaper, flowers, etc.

Rice cake called Tuki- Mochi, apple juice, pickles, etc. are sold on the stall.

Small shrine is located near Miyagawa morning market.

Miyagawa market is open along the Miyagawa river. The banner says Miyagawa morning market in Chinese characters.

Souvenirs are sold.


Hida-no-sato, Hida Folk Village

2011年4月22日 金曜日


The whole view of Hida-No-Sato, Hida Folk Village. Old farmhouses were moved from Hida Region and reconstructed here in order to preserve important cultural assets. This village was open to the public in 1971. 


Kurumada, circle method rice paddy is regarded as a sacred place, and the Gods are supposed to be at the center pole.


Wakayamake is a thatched-roof gassho farmhouse, which was first moved here from Shogawa village.


Inside the thatched roof. Straw ropes and Neso trees are used to bind the lumbers.


Rooms of Wakayamake farmhouse.


Taguchike was served as a village head in Kanayama 50 miles south of Takayama. The roof is shingled with Japanese cedar due to relatively mild winter.


Inside Taguchike farmhouse.


Yoshizaneke is a thatched roof farmhouse, built in the middle of 17th century at Kawai village. Thatched roof because of a heavy snow-fall region.


Two-forked trees are used as main pillars.


Curved beams are used to support a heavy thatched roof.

Takayama in spring

2011年4月22日 金曜日


Takayama Jinya, administrative office in the Edo period.


Sanshuyu, Japanese cornel blooms at the compound of Jinya.


Kami-Sannomachi, most beautiful rows of traditional houses.


Takayamagoshi, a characteristic feature of lattice windows.


Dozo, a sake brewery cellar.


Futagi-shuzo, old established sake brewery. This brewery is called”Kagaya”, too. The ancestor of this brewery moved to Takayama from Kaga, present Ishikawa Prefecture late 17 th century.


Dei, a guest room of the brewery.


An adjustable pothook at the back room of Dei.


Variety of sake is exhibited for sale.