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Sep 28, 2015 - Shirakawago

Spent the morning checking out the markets. Having fun with stall holders with our virtually non existent Japanese and ditto for their English. A few had electronic translators which gave us names for some things. Lots of laughs were had by all. Lots of very fresh foods. Vegetables still with all their greens attached. Ones that we would remove, but which the Japanese cook. THE other stall were arts and crafts. Some amazingly intricate. Teeny Origami with hundreds of folds one special one was a cricket with all details shown. Some...

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Oct 8, 2009 - The Last Samurai

In the Last Samurai, Tom Cruise ends up in this rural area with a bunch of samurai. I was very keen to go to Shirakawa-go because it sounded a bit like the place in the film, old style (gassho) houses in forested country. The latest typhoon was still doing its stuff, though the wind and rain subsided as we went by bus to Takayama, our base for the next two nights. We are here for the town itself, Shirakawa-go and the Festival that starts tomorrow. Despite trying dozens of places, we could only get accomodation for tonight, but on arrival...

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