The Ohara Museum, located in the city of Kurashiki, was the first museum dedicated solely to Western art in Japan.
May 28, 2009
May 26, 2009
After Kyoto, we moved on to Kurashiki, a city in the Chugoku region of Japan on the Western end of the main island that lies on the shores of the Seto Inland Sea. It isn’t a very large city, but it’s famous for it’s western art museum, it’s canal and it’s history of folk crafts, such as toys. I took the following pictures while we were watching a boat go along the canal. (Of course, the canal is so short now that the boat isn’t needed to travel down the canal, but tourists can still ride these boats to get a taste of what Kurashiki was once like.)
May 15, 2009
While in Kyoto, I ran across this little shop selling sweets, including Mitarashi Dango (御手洗団子), Rice cakes covered in sweet soy sauce. We each bought a stick of the mitarashi dango and it was delicious.
May 12, 2009
I was at a kaiten-zushi (回転寿司 those restaurants where sushi passes in front of you on a converyor belt and you take whichever sushi you like and pay at the end based on the number of plates you have in front of you) place with some friends. I saw this piece of sushi that had soem grilled corn on top instead of fish and thought it was so interesting that I had to get it.
May 11, 2009
While in Takayama, we took a day trip to Shirakawago (白川郷), a small town up in the mountains famous for its gassho zukuri houses (合掌造り), which means ‘hands in prayer’ style. They’re a kind of wooden house with a steep rafter roof. That area of Japan is part of Snow Country (雪国), and gets some of the most snow in Japan. That’s a big reason why this style of architecture developed. It was common throughout the region, but now can only be seen in a few places, such as Shirakawago. I had wanted to visit during the winter, so I could see the gassho houses covered in snow, when they are supposed to be quite spectacular, but by the time we got there, the snow was mostly melted, only a few piles here and there in the shade.
May 10, 2009
I’m putting these pictures up kind of out of order, since I already put up pictures from Takayama, but these are some pictures from the train ride to Takayama, specifically between Nagoya and Takayama. We went to Nagoya from Tokyo by Shinkansen, Bullet Train, and then transferred to a limited express train. That ride went through mountains and past streams and was very pleasant. The following are some pictures from that trip.
May 9, 2009
Running through the center of Kyoto is the Kamogawa River (賀茂川). ‘Gawa’ actually means river so this translation is a redundancy. Anyway, this river runs through Kyoto and is a central part of the city. Lots of people hang out on the river banks. I’m told that groups of young people go there to get drunk (there’s no law against public drunkenness here). And lots of people bike along the river as well.
May 7, 2009
May 6, 2009
The Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷神社), while not one of Kyoto’s UNESCO world heritage sites, is another of the most photographed places in the city. It is particularly famous for the rows of orange gates, which happen to look great in pictures.
May 5, 2009
A continuation of my previous post. More photos from my visit to Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺).