On my first day in the countryside out of Izumo it was my friend Yoshi who took me on a little tour of his neighbourhood.
On the land above his paternal home I saw bamboo groves where the family harvests bamboo shoots (which his mum turns into delicious food). I saw old wooden frames on which his dad grew shitake mushrooms. Then further along the path that skirted the hill, I saw tombstones on his neighbour's land. It was explained to me that some families in the countryside still bury the ashes of their relatives on the ancestral land. It must be a comforting thing to know that as long as the family tree survives, so will the memory of someone who has been there before.
Most people are buried (post cremation) on land belonging to the local shrine, of which there are many dotting the landscape.
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mumek (20198) 2010-06-01 5:59
Interesting and beautiful view at the burial land from Izumo. Nice capture of the tombstones and bamboo trees. I like very much play of light and colours.Thanks for sharing
Vasa (16760) 2010-06-01 16:43
Vrlo vredna tematska slika, Dado. Ne znam odakle mi to, ali ja stavljam u stranu tu tematiku i mogu ti reći da je vrlo zanimljivo porediti ambijente i detalje od zemlje do zemlje. Hvala ti za izbor i pazi se, dolazi zima.
mozzy27 (2) 2010-06-02 23:24
Interesting family burial site in the bamboo forest and more interesting note. TFS
ellelloo (6570) 2010-07-03 6:16
The title of your travelogue "Unforgetable Japan" fits well to your many fine contributions, which describe the interesting traditions of Japanese people. This is not an exception. A really amazing tradition of the countryside, even that it's not any more a common one. Thanks for the good note too.
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (23821)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-11-02
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2010-06-01 3:45