近江商人の繁栄を偲ぶ近江八幡 / Omihachiman.. a castle town with a nostalgic atmosphere.

Omihachiman is a castle town of Hachiman-yama-jo. The castle was built in 1585 on the eastern shore Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa. It is also known as a base town for Omi-shonin, or Omi merchants. The quaint streets with lattice windows, the pine trees stretching out from the gardens of private residence, ‘udatsu’ (roof of unusual shape) and the Hachiman-bori area that was the hub of ship transport all are listed and preserved as a national important preservation district for the group of historic buildings. In the Lake Nishinoko area, from Omihachiman to Azuchi, is Japan‘s largest waterfront area, regarded as one of the eight most beautiful spots of Lake […]

北国街道の宿場から養蚕の町へ、海野 / Unno – post station, and silkworm-raising town.

                                          Townscape of the Unno-juku.(post-town). Unno-juku used to be the post-town on the road of the Hokkoku-kaido road,which was posted by the Edo Shogunate in the early Edo period The main street is about 650 meters in length, and honjin (officially appointed inn), and waki honjin (sub-honjin) were established for court nobles and samurai to stay and rest along the street. Unno-juku thrived as a key point for transportation of the gold from the Sado Gold Mine to Edo (Tokyo) , as the stopping place of the travelers to visit […]

柳井・白漆喰の眩しいまちなみ / Yanai – the beauty of white mortar

日本・山口県柳井市、古市・金屋地区の白壁の商家の街並みです。 柳井は、岩国藩のお納戸として繁栄し、江戸時代の白漆喰・土蔵作りの商家の家並が約200メートルにわたり続き、国の重要伝統的建物群保存地区に指定されております。 私が訪れた時には雲一つ無い晴天に恵まれ、白漆喰の色と青空とのコントラストが見事でした♪ “Shirakabe”(white mortar) Street ,in Furuichi and Kanaya area, Yanai City, merchant town. In the Edo period, Yanai? flourished as “Onando (the closet) of Iwakuni Domein”,an important commercial city of the Domein. The main street, whose length is about 200m,is lined with the marchant houses and stonehouses wit the white stucco exterior walls. This area is designated as a Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. The contrast between the white plaster wall and the blue sky is very beautiful, I feel. 09/04/2005 Yanai-City, Yamaguchi-Prefecture, Japan.