Time to say farewell to Tokyo for now as my friend Yoshi and I catch the bus to his hometown of Izumo in the Shimane Prefecture. The bus journey was overnight and lasted twelve hours. I slept soundly in a large and very comfortable bus which had a curtain that separated the passengers from the bus driver’s section and stopped any light from oncoming traffic from disturbing our sleep.
In the morning, as we approached Izumo, I couldn’t help but notice the mountainous terrain and the wide riverbeds. One can see that during the wet season the volume of water must be intimidating and I would assume the same would happen with the melting snows in Spring.
“Izumo is a city in Shimane Prefecture, a small city of roughly 88,000 people situated in the very picture-esque prefecture of Shimane. Izumo is home to the tallest lighthouse in Asia (Hinomisaki), one of the largest wooden domes in Japan (the Izumo Dome) and most importantly Izumo-Taisha, home of the most important Shinto Shrine in Japan (and second oldest). Izumo is also located near Lake Shinji (the seventh largest lake in Japan). Izumo is famous for its soba noodles and special cloth dying process. Located near the capital city of Matsue, Izumo is the perfect blend of country city life and beautiful country views. Travelers feel welcomed here by the very hostpitable Izumo-ites. A definite must-see for any serious Japan traveler.
First formed as a market town, it has been a commercial centre for the surrounding agricultural and stock-raising area since the 18th century. The city has also served as a hub of railway and road transport since the arrival of a railway in 1910. Small-scale traditional industries include silk manufacture, woodworking, brewing, and food processing.”
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francio64 (39888) 2010-05-31 6:15
quando ho visto: "daddo" nella miniatura ho subito pensato... Australia :))
Invece vedo che qui siamo in Giappone.
Mi piace molto il POV, la pulizia dell'immagine e le tonalità di luce che tendono al monocromatismo.
Compliments! I like it!
lestans (17168) 2010-05-31 6:17
so you had a nice tour there!
What a lovely view, clouds and sea are gorgeous.
kato (11630) 2010-05-31 8:31
Well composed, a good soft color tone and a photograph with settled atmosphere!
And, some sand places draws out a good effect for the whole as well as the sky with thick cloud.
mozzy27 (2) 2010-05-31 17:58
Very picturesque landscape scene with winter atmosphere, looks very cold, but I suppose it was early in the morning. Good POV with the bridge and the river.
PS. You haven't posted the shot you promised with the hook or something you found on the beach!
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (26794)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-11-01
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-31 5:03