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... br> The houses have a very distinctive A-framed shape. They are called "Gassho-zukuri" which means 'praying hands' because of the 60 degree slope of the thatched gable roofs. The sharp shape is a way of dealing with the heavy snowfall in this area, given it is a small valley surrounded by mountains. The size of the houses relates to the multi-generational family living. It was surprising just how large they were inside, comprising several ...
... and culture of the Japanese Edo period. The park historically reenacts the life during the days of the Shogun, from 1603 to 1867. All the staff are suitably attired and there are replicas of old shops and wares. Now it is a little kitch, but no more than others of its kind. We enjoyed a very exciting Ninja battle, where the stealth warriors of Japan were in pursuit of their target. There was a lot of jumping, hiding, ...
... the public to go up the metal stairs currently being used by the workers to view the construction work that is being done on the restoration of the temple. We were up in what will be the roof when it is finished, and it was interesting to see the wooden construction being replaced/restored. It was about 7-storeys high.
We then walked over to the very lovely Taiyuin-Reibyo, which contains the remains of a 3rd shogun, tokugawa Iemitsu, who ...
... it's an hour long wait now, imagine nice weather!
One thing you'll notice here in winter: scorching hot heating in stores and trains, feels like you're being cooked alive, then painfully arctic cold outside. The constant temperature changes all the time make you feel loopy and whoozy, I find it makes me feel extra burnt out by the end of the day. Looking forward to visiting in spring or summer next time!!
Highlights for me:
-Disney's Haunted ...
... where I looked offered a new visual experience and exploration.
Stop #3 was Futarasan Shrine which is located right beside next to Toshogu. We stumbled upon this shrine by accident and weren't really sure what to look at here. We ended up entering the paid fair garden instead of checking out the free temple because we were unaware haha The grounds seemed to be much older then its lavish neighbour Toshogu, but still really majestic. The sun ...
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