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2009.09.27 Feel the history on your feet

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Here is the national treasure, Zuiryu-ji temple 瑞龍寺 in Toyama 富山 prefecture. More than 300years have passed since the temple was built by Maeda Toshitsune, who'se families were the famous feudal lords in Japan.
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Can you see the family crest of Maeda family on the gate? It is for the plum blossom.
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It is amazing that a single nail is not used for the building.
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The quiet atmosphere.
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The nice contrast of the green with the building.
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I recommend you to walk barefoot in the main building.
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It is rare that you can walk around freely inside the national trasure.
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Feel the history on your feet! It's a warm, historic touch. There is a clear difference between the old wood and the new one.
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The nice green from the window of the national treasure building.
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Zuiryu-ji temple 瑞龍寺
Address: 35 Sekihonmachi, Takaoka-city, Toyama prefecture, Japan MAP
Open: 9:00~16:30
Fee: 500yen
Website: Zuiryu-ji

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  1. 2009/09/07(月) 07:06:21|
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2009.09.05 Gassho-style houses part2

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This is the Iwase's house, one of the oldest house in this area.
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It was build 300 years ago, which means that all the wood used for the house were far older.
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The walls have never painted, but the smoke of the fireplace has permeated them for a long, long time to make them turn deep brown.
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If you visit the house, the master will welcome you and serve a tea. Thanks to the structure of the house, it's comfortably cool inside without airconditioner, although it's hot outside. That's a real ecological house.
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Iwaseke 岩瀬家
Address: Nishiakao-cho, Nanto-city, Toyama prefecture, Japan MAP


  1. 2009/09/05(土) 21:16:26|
  2. Toyama 富山
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2009.09.04 Gassho-style houses part1

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Here is Gokayama 五箇山 village in Toyama Prefecture, one of the World Heritage Sites.
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There are Gassho-style合掌造り houses which are made of wood, without a single nail used in their structure.
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They are living now, here in the World Heritage Site.
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Green rice paddies spread out surrounded by high mountains.
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The foggy river is running near the village.
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Gokayama village 五箇山
Address:Suganuma, Nanto city, Toyama prefecture, Japan MAP
Website: Gokayama

  1. 2009/09/04(金) 08:08:37|
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