One way to ease stress is to travel and thankfully, there was a long weekend this month. It was the opportunity we've been waiting for to escape from work's pressure and Tokyo's fast-paced life. We found ourselves heading to Gifu Prefecture.
Gifu prefecture is exactly the opposite of Tokyo, it was quiet, slow-paced and fresher. Ah, I could live it here. One of the reasons why we chose to go to Gifu was to see the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, both were UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
a dreamlike design
stands test of changing eras
I heard a lot of this village before so it felt surreal to be finally in this place. The place, with lots of farmhouses, appears to be like in another dimension, or another era that could only be replicated in movies most of the time. It is unreal. Good thing that everything is still preserved for younger generations to see and embrace.
If you look closely on the details of the huts / houses, you can't help but to admire the architecture, the hardwork of all people involved, considering how limited the technology before was. These architecture style are known as gassho-zukuri
Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer", as the farmhouses' steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style developed over many generations and is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms. more hereIt is also pretty obvious that farming is one of the main sources of Gifu economy. The place made me missed my life in the province. It is so laid-back, peaceful and relaxing.
Two days were not enough to appreciate fully this place. If given another chance, I will go back here, preferably during winter season. I definitely agree that this is one of the beautiful villages in the world.
And for a couple of days, this was our house in the woods. I am really thankful for my officemates for tagging me along. It was another chapter of my Japan life that I won't forget. Too bad that the trip needed to be cut short because of a scheduled business trip. We headed back to Japan refreshed and stress-free.
I owe all of you a long drive. On the next trip, I'll drive, whether you like or not. Or whether I'll understand the signs / navigation or not.
Ang ganda ninong! Go back this winter, and bring us with you! let's have your birthday shoot there. Dun ka sa tuktok ng bubong na puno ng snow :PReplyDelete
I'll try. still thinking where to do my birthday shoot haha :-)Delete
awesome macro photos and also haikuReplyDelete
Thanks Gillena :-)Delete
A very enjoyable read my friend & what rich colors in these photos!ReplyDelete
.. when is your birthday?
You are soooo lucky to have the opportunity to travel. A great way to unwind. What an interesting scene this is.ReplyDelete
Make that sceneS !!!ReplyDelete
Just lucky to have crazy officemates. :-) Thanks GeraldineDelete
how wonderful you can see an ancient town still operating as it always did.....so magical and pristine...really enjoyed your photos and commentary....always love to learn something newReplyDelete
My pleasure joanne. I've been enjoying Japan latelyDelete
love the village, it is like a village set in heaven.ReplyDelete
at first i thought it's from the movie Signs hahaDelete
I can see why you are so drawn to this peaceful place. Beauty is so soothing. I hope you get your halcyon days there.ReplyDelete
i had. maybe too short but it was enough to be refreshed. thanks LisaDelete
Natsukashiiiiii. I went to Takayama in winter, when everything was filled with snow. It's indeed a beautiful place, regardless of the season.ReplyDelete
And I love where you stayed for a couple of days. Great pics! :)
so are you saying i need to go back there this winter? hahaDelete
Hmmm, sabi nila ideal winter tourist spot daw yun. Here's my post on my solitary trip to Takayama. http://kikitavenue.blogspot.com/2010/03/takayama-wonderland_09.html (Sorry for the free advertisement!)Delete
hi kit, will read your blog later. thanks for sharing. yup, that's what i heard too. ideal sa winter :-)Delete
is this the same village where they use fire trucks to douse water to the houses on summers para di cia prone sa pagkasunog? the ritual is a tourism spectacle. if it is, the village was featured on david celdran's executive class.ReplyDelete
I am not sure if it's the same village. when there few weeks ago and didn't see any fire trucks.Delete
Ang ganda naman. :) Hope I could visit Japan someday. :)ReplyDelete
I think Japan is a good place to visit :-)Delete
Wow..looks like a truly magical place..JaeReplyDelete
yeah, magical indeedDelete
thank you for the awesome photos, you have capture this week's prompt!!! i think i love the photo with the "bridge"ReplyDelete
thanks ms pie. my pleasure in sharing this experienceDelete
That is a dreamlike landscape, to be sure.ReplyDelete
it is :-)Delete
7th photo from the top is my fave.ReplyDelete
pinabilang mo pa ako a lolDelete
haha smart? lolDelete
gotta love that fern picture. ganda