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... do what we had acutally planned (to rent a bicycle and ride to some sort of temple district), instead we just went to the center again. Fortunately Beni realized that the reservation we had for our train was for the 5th of September, so we had to hurry up to go to the train station and make a new one. Luckily there was no problem about this and we decided to take an earlier train to go back to Tokyo, because on a rainy day there is not really much to do in Takayama.
... two villages with very old traditional gassho-style houses. Gassho means "praying hands". The two villages where very cute but also very very touristic. I will notice that I really like rice fields (I you haven't already noticed that from pictures earlier this trip) and I felt in love with Japanese temples, houses and gardens. I hope I don't bore you with my pictues ...
... separated only by sliding paper doors. Very atmospheric. Afterwards Anna and I wandered around town, having a lazy lunch and visiting a couple of art and history museums and an old government building from the 17th century. You can just imagine the officials in their ceremonial robes going about their business, especially in the interrogation room where they extracted confessions through some pretty gruesome methods like making ...
... elaborate eye makeup. These "art" forms developed several centuries ago when there was no electricity and the only way to make the audience see their expressions was with the aid of white make up and eye emphasis. The tradition has simply carried on. The meal was a bit over the top for us. Most of us can handle some sashimi, but this was quite a lot including raw prawns and miniscule gelatinous fish with eyes clearly looking out. For the squeamish (most of us) it was a bit ...
... seasons or with particular food. We joined a volunteer group of diners for a Hida beef dinner at a specialty restaurant. Our guide, Yumi joined us and helped us understand what to order and how to handle it. Again, we realized that on our own we could never have this experience. Finding the restaurant would be unlikely, but if we had wandered into it, we would have had no idea how to go about ordering. Paying the bill also required Yumi's intervention. All tables ...
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