Having just stepped off of the plane from Tokyo, warming my bones again, wanted to share this first shot of Takayama, in the Japanese aalps. Much snow and -11 degrees, but a lovely old town. The region is agricultural, and every day vegetables and fruit are brought by local farmers to the morning market. The surrounding forests provide fine timber for building traditional houses and for the simple utensils and lacquer ware that have been made in Takayama for hundreds of years.
The history of the town begins with its carpenters. The skillful carpenters of Hida (as this region is called) are said to have built the Imperial Palace in Kyoto and many temples in that city, as well as in Nara. At the end of the 16th century, Takayama Castle was established by the Kanamori clan and this was the origin of the present town and its culture.
During the three hundred years when Takayama was governed by a samurai family, many unique traditions evolved here. And due to the town's location, a remarkable number of old traditions have been preserved.
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Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-02-07 4:37
Hello Elaine, I meant o write you an e-mail before you went, but well, you know how thing work smetimes.
At least you have the feel of a good winter, now. Which is better yhan in the Netherlands ;-)
Nice view on these houses along the canal, colors are nicely subdued this way.
how long will you stay here?
naxius (16685) 2005-02-07 5:06
Very good compo, with that river that leads our eyes through the photo.
sn00zie (2384) 2005-02-08 7:37
a beautiful capture Elaine. i like how the color of the houses adds to the otherwise gray-white feel.
Flavia (10352) 2013-01-17 5:39
very nice picture with the correct white balance to well capture the heavy snow. will be going there any tips?
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14361)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-02
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 70, AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-02-07 4:31