This photograph is taken in the Kuragano town near Takasaki of Gumma Prefecture in winter of three years ago. Kuragano is the town where the Edo period prospered as the inn town in Nakasendō, and an important place of land and water. It was a relay point which uses Karasu river of the Tone River system, carries rice collected as land tax, lumber, a soybean, silk, etc. to Edo from this riverbank, and carries salt, tea, etc. with a flat boat from Edo, and it carries to Gumma, Nagano, and Niigata. I got down from the JR station and came out to old Nakasendō at the lower left of a photograph. From there, I went to the Kuragano green tract of land. From here, Mount Asama covered with snow in the distance rose high over it beautifully as seen lower center of photograph. For a while, I walked the pastoral land (photograph:upper left) along Karasu river. Rice reaping is already finished, and vegetables such as a Welsh onion had grown into some places in the agricultural field (photograph:upper right). From here, the inside of Takasaki could be seen in the distance. When this pastoral land was passed, I appeared in the wide street. An elderly gentleman spoke to me at street when I'm walking the street. He seems to notice that I hang a camera. I did the light chat with him. Seemingly he is a man who was doing the cameraman's work when young and who changed his house around here now. He kindly guided me to the natural woodland in the reverse side of street. At there, I saw many Trichosanthes cucumeroides (Karasuuri) which had the red fruit (photograph:lower right).
The Nakasendō was one of the five routes of the Edo period, and one of the two that connected Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Kyoto in Japan. There were 69 stations between Edo and Kyoto, crossing through Musashi, Kōzuke, Shinano, Mino and Ōmi provinces. In addition to Tokyo and Kyoto, the Nakasendō runs through the modern-day prefectures of Saitama, Gunma, Nagano, Gifu and Shiga, with a total distance of approximately 534 km.
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pajaran (41681) 2013-10-11 12:22
Interesantan tekst sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto.
Dobra ideja i realizacija lepim fotografijama.
Sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
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Nice view ...
Good work, nice place shown.
Good idea and realization of beautiful photos.
All the best for the weekend, good luck.
daddo (20639) 2013-10-11 15:56
Dear Mikio, this is a lovely collage once again showing a range of topography and natural beauty. Your note reminded me of the book I have read by Ikku Jippensha about the Tokaido section of Hizakurige.The town of Kuragano is my type of town where I could happily spend a long time walking, enjoying the changes in season and the local food and customs. Regards. Klaudio.
ikeharel (43975) 2013-10-12 0:52
The big picture show well the rural country-road, while the lower-left is in great contrast on the subject.
Nicely mounted to one image, different subjects as the river and fruits.
Good technical details collected.
Have a nice weekend,
holmertz (31260) 2013-10-12 2:27
Today you take us for an interesting walk in and around the suburb. It is a very pleasant collection of photos showing countryside and city life. Every picture has a strength and beauty of its own. I think I like the most the largest one with the nicely curving road, where the woman walking her dog provides a fine foreground. The view of Mount Asama is also very beautiful and the red fruits bring us a nice, bright colour.
mcmtanyel (5219) 2013-10-17 16:48
Your collages look like postcards where every little photo is a beauty all by itself. What caught my eye in your note is the name Karasu for the river. There are quite a few rivers named Karasu in the world, almost all due to Turkic people. (Kara = black, su = water) Now does Karasu mean anything in Japanese or did Turks go all the way to Japan to name this river? Wikipedia has this list of Karasu Rivers:
in Central Asia
Karasu River (Iran), a small river in northeast Iran feeding into the southeast corner of the Caspian Sea
Karasu River (Central Asia), a right tributary of the Naryn River in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
Karasu (Euphrates), the western of the two major sources of the Euphrates in Eastern Anatolia
Karasu (Hatay), a tributary of the Orontes River (formerly of Lake Amik) in Hatay Province, southeastern Turkey, bordering Syria
A small river in northwest Anatolia, a tributary of the Sakarya River
in the Balkans
A former name of the Struma River (Struma Karasu) in Bulgaria and Thrace, northern Greece
A former name of the Mesta River (Mesta Karasu) in Bulgaria and northern Greece, forming the border between Greek Macedonia and Thrace
A former name of the Haliacmon (İnce Karasu) in western Macedonia, northern Greece
Karasu River (Gunma) in Gunma Prefecture, Japan
I can account for the Turkish influence for every one of them except the one in Japan!