2015年11月01日

"Chirihama Driveway" is the one and only sandy beach where cars and buses are allowed to to go around freely.

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On the west coast of the 'Noto Peninsula', the outskirts of Hakui City, Ishikawa Prefecture, the sand of the long beach of this area is tightened when wet in that this sand is very much fine. Accordingly cars and large-size vehicles can be driven without getting stuck. To be more precise, even bicycles and motorcycles can be ridden here. Anybody can enjoy with vehicles all year though, this coast is occasionally closed when a gale advisory is announced.
During summer vacation, interestingly, traffic signs are placed for the safety of the sea bathers as this beach is packed with many people and cars. This sandy beach, however, is gradually shrinking from 50 meters to 35 meters in width by encroachment. The local government started to tackle this issue with many counter measures.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2012年11月23日

"Gokayama" in Toyama Prefecture, where "gassho-zukuri" houses are well preserved, is on the World Heritage List together with "Shirakawa-go" in Gifu Prefecture.

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Unlike Shirakawa-go which can be easily accessed from Takayama, Gokayama has not been spoiled with too many sightseers as it is secluded. Both Gokayama and Shirakawa-go are located in a valley surrounded by high mountains, therefore these villages had nothing to do with the modernization after the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century.
The unique houses with steep roofs, what is called gassho-zukuri, are the distinctive feature in this area , because the steep roof works against the very heavy snow.
*Gassho-zukuri: A house with steep thatched rafter roof.
The picture shows the settlement in Ainokura, Gokayama.
As the settlements in Gokayama area lacked a flatland for rice and other cereal cultivation, saltpeter, which was used to make gunpowder, was the local special product in the feudal days.
In addition, this area is well known as the birthplace of Japanese folk songs, such as "kokiriko-bushi" and "mugiya-bushi".

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:42 | Nagoya and the central districts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2012年10月24日

There are many old wooden houses in "chaya" style dating back to the Edo period from the 18th to 19th century in "Higashiyama Higashi", also known as "Higashi-chayagai,in Kanazawa City.

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"Ochaya" or "chaya" means a traditional Japanese restaurant, where the guests enjoy lavish meals together with "geisha" or "geiko" in Kyoto, Kanazawa and its vicinity. In Tokyo and Eastern Japan, it is called "machiai".
The "Kaga" domain ruled by the "Maeda" family in the Edo period, which is one of the strongest feudal clans after the House of "Tokugawa-shogun", built several "chaya" districts in their castle town "Kanazawa".
The first picture shows the well preserved district, so-called "Higashi-chayagai".
Some one hundred wooden houses are standing roof by roof wrapped in the old atmosphere of the feudal days.
The second picture shows the "chaya" named "shima", which is designated as a national important cultural asset and is opened to the public. It is very interesting that its interior furnishings are colorful and showy as it is a place for the pleasure of eating and drinking with hostesses.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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