July and August I spent on traveling here and there. Within that time I visited some villages in different parts of Japan, like Hida, Aizukougen, Hinoemata...etc.
Here you can see, mainly in the open air museums, how the village life looked like long time ago.
The traditional architecture, arts&crafts so different from the image of gorgeous shrines of Kyoto or Nara for example.
The life-style, the way it is presented, makes you think, how close to nature the life was in the past. Using natural sources, in accordance with the climate, in harmony with the surroundings, organized in the rhythm of changing seasons.
Cultivating the rice in Spring and Summer and making washi(Japanese paper)
or weaving and dying for instance in the Winter.
Making wooden&paper hauses aproprite for humid and hot Summer.
Using the abundance of wood for beautiful crafts, learning to use its best features.
Wasting nothing - drying the food, using the rice straw to warm up in the Winter.
Years made the learn how to use the nature's gifts in the best way.
Little to look for in the Nowaday picture of Japan, covered with glass and cement.
But there are still places where people live in an order resembling the traditional way.