JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Mino in Gifu has a traditional townscape of "udatsu" homes. Udatsu is a decorative firewall on the side of the home's roof. Townscape is a rectangular area of residential streets lined with traditional homes. A few are open to the public.Near Minoshi Station on the Nagaragawa Railway. 重要伝統的建造物群保存地区
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Mino and this townscape was part of the Mino castle town developed by Daimyo Kanamori Nagachika (1524–1608) who lived in nearby Ogurayama Castle. You can park your car somewhere and walk around the area.National Important Traditional Townscape Preservation District.
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Mino basically developed as a merchant's town up to the late 19th century. Udatsu roof firewall in Mino, Gifu.
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Hirata Family residence 平田家
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Signboards explain in English the most significant homes. This is the Hirata Family residence.
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Inside Hirata Family residence
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Former Honjin lodge for VIPs. Suzuki Kohei residence.
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About Suzuki Kohei residence.
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Kosaka Family Residence of a sake brewing family. National Important Cultural Property. 小坂家住宅
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About Kosaka Family Residence. 小坂家住宅
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Inside Kosaka Family Residence is a sake shop.
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Kosaka Family Residence
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Udatsu roofs in Mino, Gifu Prefecture.
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Yoshida Kobo
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Yoshida Kobo
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Yoshida Kobo udatsu roof firewall.
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Former Imai Residence 旧今井家
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Former Imai Residence used as the Mino History Museum. Free admission.
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About Former Imai Residence. 旧今井家
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Tomiya
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Markers commemorating a visit by the Emperor and Empress and Crown Prince.
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Udatsu roof firewall in Mino, Gifu.
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Juroku Bank
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Sign about Sugihara Chiune who was born in Mino, Gifu near here. Sugihara is famous as the Japanese diplomat in Lithuania who gave transit visas to Jews fleeing the Holocast during World War II.
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Sign about Sugihara Chiune who was born in 1900 at Kyosenji Temple in Mino, Gifu near here. 杉原 千畝
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Little external shrine, Akiba-sama. 秋葉様
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Matsuhisa Eisuke paper store
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Mino Tourist information office has tourist pamphlets. 美濃市観光協会「番屋」
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Also visited Ogurayama Castle on a hilltop nearby. 小倉山城跡
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Ogurayama Castle on a hilltop. Originally built by Kanamori Nagachika (1524–1608) 金森長近 in 1605 as a retirement residence. Now part of Ogura Park in Mino, Gifu Prefecture. 小倉山城跡The turret is a reconstruction.
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Ogurayama Castle on a hilltop. Kanamori Nagachika (1524–1608) was a daimyo who developed the Mino castle town. 小倉山城跡
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Nagara River in Mino, Gifu.
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Mino Bridge over Nagara River. Until 1965, vehicles used to cross the bridge. 美濃橋
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Built in 1916, Mino Bridge is Japan's oldest surviving modern bridge and a National Important Cultural Property. It's now a pedestrian and bicycle bridge 113 meters long. 美濃橋
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Mino Bridge over Nagara River. It has a wooden floor. It's being renovated so we couldn't cross it in Jan. 2019. Jumping off this bridge into the river can be fatal. 美濃橋
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Mino Bridge over Nagara River. (Under renovation.) 美濃橋
   
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