Japan

Takayama, Japan

Hida-Takayama has preserved the feeling of a castle town, and is famous for its Sanno-machi historic district.

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Furui Machinami (Old Private House)

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It literally is filled with every Japanese items or souvenir imaginable.

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Its mascot is sarubobo, which is faceless baby monkey dolls

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It’s traditionally red colored and were made by grandparents  to bring happiness and good luck to their grandchildren. Today, you can see it in variety of colors, sizes, and presentations.

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There used to be 60 regional headquarters during the Edo period in Japan. Now, Takayama Jinya, a historical government house, is the only original one existing today.

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I do suggest to visit here during winter when snow are powdering the area.

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More of these snows later. πŸ˜‰

I ended the trip to this are with a delicious Hida-Takayama ramen noodles. πŸ™‚

Last Calls…

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  1. The Opening snow pics are magical – esp as the holiday approaches!
    And the one of the street with the pink coat person is another fav!
    But of course I loved the art too! And faceless monkeys? Hm

  2. I was about to say I love those snowy photos in the beginning and I wanna see more until I reached at the end of your article where you said more of snowy photos will be coming later πŸ˜‰ so rest assured I’ll be waiting for them patiently!

  3. I so enjoyed a walk down this historic street, Rommel. The snow was atmospheric, the shop items were fascinating especially the faceless baby monkey dolls, and the ramen at the end was perfect. I enjoyed every single photo for its expression of Japanese culture, especially the bicycle photo.

  4. Glorious images, Rommel. I really honor the way you make a real effort to protect the privacy of people which is a rare trait these days. I avoid photographing people. LOVE LOVE the history you sited here and the peeks into a culture I know little about are so very appreciated. Thank YOU! ❀

  5. This post buzzes with excitement, Rommel. Your street photography is wonderful. I was captive from that opening shot with the youngster looking up. Wishing you a joyful festive season, wherever you might be spending it. πŸ™‚

  6. It’s been so long Rommel ! I’ve been rather hopeless with blogging I’m afraid this year , and very slow to connect again . BUT .. this is such a great post to find on returning to Rommel’s world . As everyone has commented alreadyb .. magical and atmospheric … How neatly everything is arranged , even the snow blankets on the trees . More snow ? yes please !!

  7. OMG, I want those dolls! They are so kawaii. ❀
    Loved all the photographs.
    Ah the beautiful snow in Japan!
    Thank you for this heartwarming post. πŸ™‚

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