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Posts tagged takayama

Soy Sauce Ice Cream (しょうゆソフトクリーム)

飛騨高山 soy sauce ice cream

しょうゆソフトクリーム in 飛騨高山

Walking the streets of Takayama during rainy season can be charming.

This wasn’t the first time I saw strange ice cream flavors in Japan.

Sakurayama Hachimangu in Takayama

桜山八幡宮 sakurayama hachimangu takayama shrine japan

桜山八幡宮

There are two walking courses in Takayama. You want to take them both. I took the first (Higashiyama Walking Course) with the family on the day we arrived. On the second day, I set out early on the Kitayama Walking Course and enjoyed the most wonderful walk in the rain that I think I have ever experienced. Along the way I stopped in at this shrine.

Hida Takayama’s long-legged giant statue (Ashinaga Zo 足長像)

Ashinagazo in Hida Takayama, Japan

Yesterday’s companion is this snappy fellow. These two are supposed to appear when it is raining or the weather is otherwise turning for the worse. I believe it. Rain fell on us most of the time we were in Takayama. Of course, it was rainy season at the time, but I’m sure the rain had more to do with the presence of these two giants.

Takayama’s long arm statue (Tenagazo or 手長像)

tenaga zo

The long armed statue on Kajibashi Bridge in Hida Takayama - 飛騨高山の鍛冶橋の手長像

This long-arm, giant fellow is a character in some Japanese folktales. He has a companion who I will show you tomorrow.

You can find this statue in the lovely, historical town of Hida Takayama.

Ancient Japanese Robot (karakuri or からくり)

In the lovely town of Takayama, Japan you can find this karakuri or Japanese automaton from a few hundred years ago. The puppet/robot is situated over the water drain that runs down the street so that during a rain storm the water rushing under this device will bring the puppet to life. It is essentially a water-powered robot.

The signs below the puppet say “Please don’t touch, even if it isn’t moving.” and “This karakuri runs on water so it is rare that it is actually moving.” The sign above the puppet says it is from the Edo Jidai (江戸時代 or 1603-1868).

Matsumoto

view out bus from shinjuku to takayama window

Our trip to Takayama, Shirakawago, and Kanazawa included four bus trips. The first three were all during the day and featured great views. The last leg (Kanazawa to Shinjuku) was a night bus–something I hope to never experience again.

Today’s pic, out our moving bus’s window, is from Matsumoto (松本市), a castle town in Nagano Prefecture. It was our second time through Matsumoto, the first time being on our trip to Hakuba last fall, but I have yet to see the castle. Soon after I took this picture heavy rain began to fall in places, turning the great views into other worldly views. The bus took us through countless tunnels and down roads with steep mountains on one or both sides. Temporary waterfalls formed down these green slopes as I rode on with my jaw on the bottom of the window seal in awe.