Travel Blogs from Katashina-mura
... nature. In many places, especially sacred
spaces, the trees are given supports instead of cutting them down. Some
temples are even designed to not impact the nature which already existed
there. Sometimes, instead of leveling the ground, the japanese simply curve
the temple upwards along the hill. In modern times, even here in Tokyo,
many people maintian their connection with nature by keeping small gardens
and potted ...
So up and at 'em again this morning, we decide to head to the little town of Nikko to see Toshogu Shrine, the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. For you older folks, he's the Shogun in James Clavell's novel and mini-series called Shogun. That series made me fall in love with Richard Chamberlain-sigh-one of the many gay guys I have had a crush on in my ...
... rooms, they didn't just change the sheets.
They straightened our things, and even took loose change and arranged it by
The sense of space and arrangement is very prominat here. I was speaking to
one of the translators and he told me about how everyone had their own
potted plants or small garden because how cramped the city is, and how that
is how they keep a sense of nature.
Today we will be doing a washi workshop and the sumi ...
... even have little plastic flowers inside of them to make them more attractive. The light poles normally have some kind of decoration or chandelier.
We were recommended to eat breakfast in the basement of a store called Mega. It is the largest store in Kiryu, and is kind of like their version of Walmart, but nicer. We wondered through it, noticing normally ordinary things but presented in a new way. The people must have thought ...
... Japanese (sliding paper doors and silk edged tatami mats) influences. The painted cedar doors were especially beautiful in my opinion. One thing that really surprised us was the billiards room! It seemed so out of place with its green table top and art deco lights next to the paper doors and walls. The villa truly celebrated traditional Japanese craftsmanship. We strolled through the gardens for a little while before heading back ...