While boarding the train to Takayama,
I tripped and landed upon my poor Coolpix camera, and apparently broke
it, because this is the kind of photo I was getting - weird, eh?
Then a day or two later, I decided to
try my camera again & can you believe it? It had cured itself!
This is the inside of our garden room at a monestary in Takayama.
Cardiff is enjoying his futon on the tatami mats.
Meanwhile, Gaetan and Nicolai
assemble some of the Gundam models they bought in Kyoto.
Sightseeing: a zen sand sculpture in
the Takayama Jinya, the former local government offices.
This is something in the Takayama Jinya,
the former local government offices, but Gaetan will have to add the
caption because I didn't make it over there!
Again, something in the Takayama Jinya,
the former local government offices.
Gardens at the Takayama Jinya.
I think these are former instruments
of torture on display in the Takayama Jinya.
The Miyagawa runs through Takayama. "Gawa"
or "kawa" = "river","taka" = "high"
& "yama" ="mountain". Takayama is a gateway
to the Japan Alps. It is more traditional than the big cities
of Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka.
Takayama is situated in the mountainous
Hida region of Gifu Prefecture; it has a lot of old-style houses &
preserves many traditional practices, such as the annual parade of floats.
One of the many wonderful restaurants. Hida
beef is one of the most famous products of the region, and we sampled
it as often as we could! Sometimes it was presented raw in
sushi form, sometimes sliced thin for teppan-yaki (i.e., do-it-yourself
grilling at the table), and sometimes in stews with vegetables and rich
The mountains in the distance give velocity
to the Miyagawa.
A Takayama shrine.
A wonderful age-spotted lion statue.
A horse statue with a chrysanthemum stirrup.
Another Takayama photo that Gaetan will
have to annotate.
Japanese are master model builders.
One entire museum is devoted to a model of the famous shrines
at Nikko, north of Tokyo.
The models include a 5-story
pagoda built by a lord of Obama. Does this mean our president
has some Japanese ancestry, too?
Another fine model.
The models are variously lit
as if going through a day of sunlight followed by twilight, night, and
Takayama is surrounded by mountains