岩木山を望む城下町,弘前 / Hirosaki, beautiful castle town

Hirosaki is a castle town and was the Tsugaru clan ruled the 100,000 koku tozama han Hirosaki Domain from Hirosaki Castle during the Edo period. The area around Hirosaki formed part of the domains of the Northern Fujiwara in the Heian period. Minamoto Yoritomo awarded it to the Nambu clan in the early Kamakura period after the defeat of the Northern Fujiwara (1189). During the Sengoku period, a local retainer of the Nambu, Ōura Tamenobu, declared his independence (1571) and seized local castles. He assisted Toyotomi Hideyoshi at the Battle of Odawara in 1590, and was confirmed in his holdings with revenues of 45,000 koku. He also changed his name […]

黒石の日本の道百選,こみせ通り / Kuroishi, traditional arcade streets

”Komise Streets” in merchant town, Kuroishi – City, Aomori – Prefecture, Japan. They have been selected as one of the 100 famous Japanese roads. Traditional residences, shops, and arcades still remain at they were in Edo period. Every year, Kuroishi has a lot of snow, and these arcades prevent heavy snow. Kuroishi – City, Aomori – Prefecture, Japan June 2014, Olympus OM-D E-M1 日本の道百選にも選ばれた,黒石市の商家街の小見世通りの表情です。 江戸時代からの伝統的建造物や長くせり出したひさしが,そのままの形で残されています。 冬には雪深い黒石で,このひさしは人々を吹雪や落雪から守ってくれています。 青森県黒石市小見世通り 2014年6月 Olympus OM-D E-M1

深緑鮮やかな武家屋敷,横手市羽黒町 / Yokote, the samurai residences make a beautiful contrast with the deep green leaves.

  The area of present-day Yokote was part of ancient Dewa Province and was the homeland of the Kiyohara clan of the Heian period Gosannen War. At the end of the Sengoku period, the area came under the control of the Onodera clan, who ruled from Yokote Castle. However, the Onodera sided against Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Battle of Sekigahara and the area came under the control of the Satake clan, who had been relocated to Kubota Domain from their former holdings in Hitachi Province. Kubota Domain was uncommon in that it contained more than one castle, despite the Tokugawa shogunate’s “one castle per domain” rule, and Yokote remained a […]

新緑に萌ゆる角館 / Kakunodate, verdant samurai residences

Kakunodate ( Kakunodate-machi) was a town located in Senboku District, Akita Prefecture, Japan. The town was famed for its well-preserved samurai houses and the proliferation of cherry trees. It was a popular destination for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. It was sometimes referred as ‘the little Kyoto of Tohoku’ (Michinoku no sho-Kyōto). I visited Kakunodate in early summer, verdant town, Kakunodate, was very veautiful. Kakunodate – town,  Senboku District, Akita Prefecture, Japan. June 2014 Olympus OM-D E-M1 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8 満開の枝垂桜がたんわりとしなだれ,道一面が花びらで赤く染まる春の角館は,JR東日本のポスターでも採用されている秀逸の美しさです。しかしその反面,観光客でごった返すのも事実。 そこで私は,初夏の時期に訪れてみました(再訪)。 みちのくの京都とも呼ばれているらしい角館,その名に恥じない,武家屋敷のまちなみの落ち着き,新緑からのこぼれ陽,なかなか美しかったです。 秋田県仙北市角館町 2014年6月再訪 Olympus OM-D E-M1 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8