JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Due to COVID-19, traveling to and within Japan is currently being discouraged.

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Sugawara house from Tsuruoka city, Yamagata Prefecture. In heavy snow, the front window was used as the door.
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Ceiling
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Kitamura house brought from Hadano, Kanagawa
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Kitamura house
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Nihon Minkaen is an outdoor museum of traditional farm and merchant houses with thatched roofs. They have 25 homes from around Japan many were donated to the museum for preservation.
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Thatched roof
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Water nozzles aimed at the house. No smoking.
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Yamada house
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Emukai house brought from Nanto, Toyama. In the gasshi-zukuri style with steep roof. Kawasaki Nihon Minkaen
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
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Inside Emukai house
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
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Toilet
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The museum park has 25 homes from around Japan many were donated to the museum for preservation. Near Mukogaoka-yuen Station on the Odakyu Line. Closed Mon. Admission 500 yen.
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Water mill
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Inside water mill
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Hydrangea
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Scenery along the route to the Omi Merchant Museum 15 min. walk away.
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Flower farm
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JR Hotaka Station is the nearest station to the Daio Wasabi Farm.
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One of Japan's largest wasabi farms is a tourist attraction. Clean water from the mountains provide an ideal environment to grow wasabi.Entrance to Daio Wasabi Farm. Open: 9:00 am–5:20 pm (closes at 4:30 pm during Nov. to Feb.). Free admission
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Map of Daio Wasabi Farm. It is quite expansive.Address: 〒399-8303長野県安曇野市穂高3640
3640 Hotaka, Azumino, Nagano
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Wasabi for sale. It's a root plant.
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You can walk around the wasabi fields which look quite vast. They are shaded in the warmer months.
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Clean water flows through the fields.
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Wasabi plants
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You can sample the farm's cold spring water.
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Busts of the wasabi farm's founding pioneers.
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Daio Wasabi Farm's founding pioneers. The founder was Fukazawa Yuichi (1886-1941).
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Daio Wasabi Farm's water originates from snow melt from the Northern Alps. It flows from a spring within the farm.
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A little factory where they process wasabi plants.
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Processing wasabi plants, cutting off the leaves, etc.
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The wasabi plants are shaded with black netting to block sunlight and prevent the water temperature from rising above 15 C.
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A restaurant on the farm served soba noodles with wasabi.
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Near the entrance/exit is a souvenir shop.
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Ice cream time
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Wasabi soft-serve ice cream. Quite good.
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Other wasabi-flavored things to eat.
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Wasabi beer
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Wasabi-colored benches.
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Wasabi karinto
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Wasabi snack
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Wasabi furikake
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Wasabi Mascot
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Taxi ride back to Hotaka Station from Daio Wasabi Farm.
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JR Hotaka Station
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Rear of rice transplanter.
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Closeup of Rice transplanter. When one arm goes down to plant, the other goes up to pick another seedling.
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About the rice transplanter.
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Combine to harvest rice.
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This is a farmhouse lodge (農家民宿) where we stayed in the city of Ayabe. It fronts rice paddies. The farmhouse lodge owner can pick you up at JR Ayabe Station.
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Farmhouse lodge (農家民宿) named Pokapoka Noen. It has two main buildings.
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This is the main lodge where the kitchen, dining, and bath facilities are. It also has one guest room with twin beds. It is a traditional farmhouse with a thatched roof protected by a corrugated tin.Farm house in Ayabe, Kyoto Prefecture.
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Uner the corrugated tin, you can see the thatched roof edge.
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The 42-year-old owner, Kushida Kampei (櫛田寒平) moved to Ayabe from Tokyo seven years ago. He has his own rice paddies and other plots to grow his own rice and vegetables.
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He also grows sesame seeds.
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Garlic.
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His rice paddies.
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Entrance to the main lodge.
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Kitchen and dining room. Totally renovated and modern on the inside, with a modern kitchen, toilet, and bath.
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Guest room with twin beds.
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Our dinner included the rice and vegetables that he grew. (This was just the first serving.) It cost only ¥7,000 per night including dinner and breakfast.
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This was just the first serving.
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The other building was the guest house which was originally for the farmer's kids or relatives to stay when they returned to their hometown.
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The guest room in the guest house was Japanese-style with twin futon.
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Very nice guest room.
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Breakfast.
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Entrance to Samegai Trout Farm (Yosonjo). Established in 1878 and operated by Shiga Prefecture, the Samegai Trout Farm is Asia's largest trout farm with many trout ponds. 醒井養鱒場
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The Samegai Trout Farm raises trout species, perpetuates breeding techniques, researches trout species, and serves as a tourist attraction.
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Trout at Samegai Trout Farm (Yosonjo). The water flows from the Suzuka mountains and it's quite cold which is good for the fish.
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Trout-catching pond. Kids can freely catch a big trout.
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Look! I caught one!
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Poor fish... Also see the video at YouTube.
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Trout fishing for a fee
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Well-known trout restaurant in Samegai Trout Farm called Mimasu.
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Masu trout sushi at Mimasu in Samegai Trout Farm, Shiga Prefecture.
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This is the Ishitera area of Wazuka (pop. 4,226 as of Feb. 2016), a small town in southern Kyoto with about 301 Uji tea farmers.
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Blessed with rolling hills and clear streams, Wazuka produces about 40 percent of Kyoto's Uji tea production. Wazuka is most suited for tea cultivation because there is a large temperature difference between night and day.
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Fog thereby forms over the tea plants to shade them from the strong sunlight. Tea plants also grow best in well-drained soil, hence the tea plants on sloping land.
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