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Gifu(Takayama)

Said to be one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan, the Sanno or Takayama Matsuri is held each April. The festival is located in Takayama, a rather unassuming town near Kanazawa. The festival uses floats, called yatai, made from centuries-old structures that have been decorated with silk, lacquer and carvings. Because of the delicacy of the yatai, the festival can only take place when the weather is good in order to protect these...

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November 01– November 10, 2013                   (Day 1) Going to NRT(Tokyo) transited to NGO(Nagoya) with ANA. B767 is still good condition! (Day 2) Arrived to NGO. It’s chilly, yes it’s Autumn tour and our group is from warm place Hawaii. No wonder. ANA has such a nice wheelchair service....

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Deep in the mountains of Takayama, visitors can partake in the traditional craft of paper-making. The process of making paper from natural materials begins long before arriving. Long strands are taken from reed plants, flattened, and laid out on the snow to be bleached by the sun. The dried, white woody material is then combined with a natural “glue” made of the root of the same plant, and mixed with water in a giant tub....

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                            Unlike Shirakawa-go which can be easily accessed from Takayama, Gokayama has not been spoiled with too many sightseers as it is secluded.  Both Gokayama and Shirakawa-go are located in a valley surrounded by high mountains, therefore these villages had nothing to do with the modernization after the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century....

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Hoshigaki is made not only in Japan but also in China, Korea and Taiwan.  This is eaten as a preserved dessert in winter in Japan. On the other hand, the people in the other three countries make it mainly for a medicine or tea. This sweet is widely produced throughout Japan, especially in Gifu and Yamanashi Prefecture.  Many hoshigaki dangling from the eaves of farmhouses are familiar rural scenery early in winter, as shown in the...

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the defacto ruler in Japan of the day, passed away in 1598, which triggered the confrontation between Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was one of the most powerful ‘daimyos’ feudal lords, and Ishida Mitsunari, the leading able bureaucrat serving the Toyotomi family. The Battle of Sekigahara is very well known among Japanese people as the most decisive battle in history.  The battle was fought between the army of...

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