スペイン植民地時代の香り漂う街、ビガン / Nostalgic Vigan, with Spanish colonial architectures

Historic Town of Vigan Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.(refer to : whc.unesco.org/en/) Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines November 2015, Olympus OM-D E-M1 フィリピンの植民地時代の建築様式を色濃く残す、フィリピン・ビガン歴史地区。 かつてフィリピンには同様の町並みが数多く残されていたのですが、太平洋戦争の戦禍により失われ、ここビガンが遺された数少ない町並みだそうです。 非常にアクセスが困難な辺境にあり、訪問した人々の評判としては、労多くして・・・という不満も聞かれますが、フィリピン様式とスペイン様式が合体した建物群・・・・石造りのコロニアルな1階部分と木造の2階部分など・・は非常に興味深く、楽しむことができました。 外国人の姿をほぼ見かけない、フィリピンの方々が憧れて押し寄せる観光地となっています。 フィリピン、イロコス・スル州、ビガン 2015年11月撮影、Olympus OM-D E-M1

大晦日の雑踏に面喰って…チュニス / The hustle and bustle of Tunis

Tunis (Arabic: تونس‎ ) is the capital of Tunisia. It is Tunisia’s largest city. The medina is found at the centre of the city: a dense agglomeration of alleys and covered passages, full of intense scents and colours, boisterous and active trade, and a surfeit of goods on offer ranging from leather to plastic, tin to the finest filigree, tourist souvenirs to the works of tiny crafts shops. Just through the Sea Gate (also known as the Bab el Bahr and the Porte de France) begins the modern city, or Ville Nouvelle, transversed by the grand Avenue Habib Bourguiba (often referred to by popular press and travel guides as “the […]

” サヘルの真珠 ” スースのメディナ / Sousse, called “the Pearl of the Sahel”

石見銀山の繁栄を偲ぶ大森のまちなみ / Omori-machi, the vestige of the prosperity of Iwami Ginzan

Iwami Ginzan (silver mine) enjoyed a long history before it closed in 1923. Silver was said to have been discovered there in 1526. In 1533, innovative refining techniques were introduced from South Korea, and with them the production of silver dramatically increased. The vestige of the prosperity of Iwami Ginzan is reflected in the view of Omori-machi. About one kilometer from the magistrate’s office, there still remain merchants’ houses, inns, samurai residences and other structures in the area, once bustled as the center of the silver mine administration. This sight alone is enough to give you an idea how well Iwami Ginzan prospered. ( * citations : Japan National Tourism […]

荘厳なボロブドゥールを擁するジョグジャカルタ / Yogyakarta, Borobudur & Prambanan

Borobudur Prambanan Markets in the center of Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta, Indonesia November 2013 Olympus OM-D/E-M1 インドネシア共和国 ジョグジャカルタ市 2013年11月 Olympus OM-D/E-M1

バクタブル,カトマンズ郊外の世界遺産の町 / Bhaktapur (Kathmandu), the World Heritage

  Bhaktapur (Nepali: भक्तपुर Bhaktapur ), also Bhadgaon or Khwopa (Nepal Bhasa: ख्वप Khwopa), is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. It is located in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. Bhaktapur is famous for special type of curd called “Ju Ju dhau”.It is experienced by the curd makers that the taste of curd prepared in this location cannot be found elsewhere all over Nepal. Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage Site by […]

パタン、カトマンズ郊外の世界遺産の村 / Patan ( Kathmandu), the World Heritage

Patan (Sanskrit: पाटन Pātan, Nepal Bhasa: यल Yala), officially Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, is one of the major cities of Nepal located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley. Patan is also known as Manigal. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. It is called city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue. Lalitpur is believed to have been founded in the third century BC by the Kirat dynasty and later expanded by Licchavis in the sixth century. It was further expanded by the Mallas during the medieval period. There are many legends about its […]

カトマンズ,荘厳な遺跡と雑踏と / Kathmandu, Solemn remains and crowds

Kathmandu (Nepali: काठमाडौं) is the capital and largest urban agglomerate of Nepal. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country, and is home to about a twelfth of Nepal’s population. Historically, the Kathmandu Valley and adjoining areas were known as Nepal Mandala. Until the 15th century, Bhaktapur was its capital when two other capitals, Kathmandu and Lalitpur, were established.During Rana and Shah eras, British historians called the […]

信仰の地・厳島 / Itsukushima, the Shrine Island

                      Itsukushima is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. It is popularly known as Miyajima, the Shrine Island. Itsukushima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to records, the shrine was established in the time of Empress Suiko. The warrior-courtier Taira no Kiyomori gave the shrine its present form. May 2013, Itsukushima, Hatsukaichi-city,Hiroshima Prefecture,Japan. Olympus OM-D/E-M5 厳島,通称宮島(安芸の宮島)は,古くから島そのものが信仰の対象となっていた景勝地です。また,海上交通の拠点としての役割も果たしていました。 厳島の中心,厳島神社は,海上に浮かぶ朱の大鳥居と社殿で知られていますが(生憎,訪問時は干潮でした)、平安時代末期に平清盛が厚く庇護したことによって大きく発展しました。厳島神社は,弥山(みせん)の原始林とともに、1996年にユネスコの世界遺産に登録されており,多くの観光客で賑わっています。 2013年5月,広島県廿日市市宮島町,厳島 Olympus OM-D/E-M5

白川郷の秋の表情 / Shirakawago, in autumn.

白川郷は、庄川流域に拡がっており、白川郷の萩野地区では合掌建築で知られています。 かつては、平家の落人の里として、秘境として知られていましたが、今やすぐそばに高速道の白川ICも進出し、週末には大勢の人でごった返します。 趣が失われつつあること、土産物屋が目立つこと等々、今となっては極めて残念なまちなみです。 Shirakawa mountain village lies along the basin of the great river, and it’s Ogino – area is well-known for the koyagumi (roof truss or framework) of the Gassho-zukuri. In the past,the village is famous as the hiding villages of the Heike no Ochiudo, however,now, Shirakawa-go Interchange became accessible,so a lot of tourists visit there. The streets are lined with souvenir shops. I ‘m disappointed at it.

マラケシュ・フナ広場, 世界遺産の活気 / The Jemaa el-Fnaa,Marrakesh,so fantastic evening scenery

                            The Jemaa el-Fnaa or Djemaa el Fna, in the Medina of Marrakesh ( the old town,? surrounded by walls). It is one of the most famous squares in all of Africa and is the centre of city activity and trade. It has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. Today the square attracts people from a diversity of social and ethnic backgrounds and tourists from all around the world. Snake charmers, acrobats, magicians, mystics, musicians, monkey trainers, herb sellers, story-tellers, dentists, pickpockets, and entertainers in medieval garb still populate the square. モロッコ王国,マラケシュの城壁に囲まれた旧市街(メディナ)の中心地,フナ広場の夕景です。 この広場は,アフリカ有数の,いえ,世界有数の有名な広場であり,活気ある市場でもあります。 […]

タリン・夢見るような中世の街 / Tallinn,Estonia – dreaming city

エストニアの首都であるタリンは,フィンランド湾の南岸に位置しており,ヘルシンキから僅か70キロメートルしか離れておりません。 中世の歴史的都市の中心は「トームペア」と呼ばれる高台部分で,中世の街並みを随所に見ることができます。 下町の「ローワータウン」は「トームペア」の高台の麓に広がっており,現在もなお,城壁の遺構に囲まれて保存されております。 旧市街は,中世の街並みが非常に良く保存されており,1997年にユネスコ世界遺産に登録されました。 特に夏季は(私も8月に訪れたのですが),旧市街は観光客や,ヘルシンキからの日帰り旅行客で旧市街は溢れかえります。 Tallin, the capital of Estonia, lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, only 70 km? south of Helsinki. At the historical and medieval heart of the city is the hill of “Toompea”, covered in cobbled streets and filled with medieval houses and alleyways. The lower town spreads out from the foot of the hill, still protected by the remnants of a city wall. The city’s old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. Especially in summer, the Old Town is packed with tourists, and with the daytrippers from? Helsinki.

ブルージュ – 時間が止まった美しい死都 / Brugge,Belgium…breathtaking beauty

「死都ブルージュ」,「水の都ブルージュ」で知られる,世界遺産都市(小さな町ですが)ブルージュです。中世の可愛らしい造りの家並み,のんびりと流れる運河・・・街角全てが絵になります。 Brugge (Bruges), called “the City of Waterways”, “Bruges-la-Morte”, is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. The scenery, anywhere in the city, will make a good picture. Brugge,Belgium World Heritage (Historic Centre of Brugge,2000)

福建土楼の家並み / Fujian Tulou (Huaan)

 中国、福建省の,福建土楼群の1つ,華安土楼です。 世界遺産となった福建土楼の1つ,華安土楼は、厦門から日帰りで訪れることができます。 土楼は,客家などの人々による独特の巨大な建築物で、 厚い土塀と木の骨格から構成されており、外部からの防御の役割を果たすほか、内部には数十家族が共同生活を営んでおり、生活感がたっぷりです♪ (四角い建物も土楼だそうです) These are Huuan Tulou, which forms a part of “Fujian Tulou”. Fujian Tulou is a type of Chinese rural huge dwellings of the Hakka people,etc. A tulou is usually a large, enclosed and fortified earth building, with very thick load-bearing rammed earth walls and housing scores of families. Branches, strips of wood and bamboo chips are often laid in the wall as additional reinforcement. Many families still live there today. Fujian Tulou (Huuan), Fujian, China

秘境・五箇山集落の表情 / “Gokayama” ・・・an unexplored village

五箇山の相倉集落の一表情です。 五箇山は、平家の落人が住み着いたと伝えられている秘境で、 江戸時代は加賀藩の流刑地とされたそうです。 世界的にも有数の豪雪地帯であり、急傾斜の独特な屋根を持つ合掌造り(茅葺き)の家々が多く保存され、1995年には白川郷とともに世界遺産に登録されました。 Ainokura (Gokayama), Nanto City, mountain village. Examples of the hiding villages of the Heike no Ochiudo include Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture. In the Edo period, Gokayama had? been a place of banishment of the Kaga clan. The place is also known for one of the heaviest snowfall in the world. The koyagumi (roof truss or framework) of the Gassho-zukuri in Gokayama has become famous, but this structure was previously widely used in Japanese private houses. The group of buildings in the villages of Shirakawago and Gokayama are registered as a World Heritage site (Cultural Heritage) by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Aikura, […]