Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3580 W: 114 N: 6323] (28618)
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