Photographer's Note

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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