Showing posts with label kurashiki. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kurashiki. Show all posts

Monday, December 22, 2014

Some More Round Windows


My posts on the round windows of Japan have been popular, so here is a selection of ones I've found recently. This first one has to be one of my favorites. It is in an outbuilding in Henshoin Garden, in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture.


This one is in the Ohashi House, a wealthy merchants home in  Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture.


This one is in a shelter in the garden next to Fukuyama Castle in Hiroshima Prefecture.


Korakuen garden in  Okayama.


The Chinese garden Enchoen, on the shore of Togo Lake in Tottori.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Kurashiki Heron


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tenryo Maru

The Tenryo Maru is one of the many tour boats that ply the canals of the Bikan historic district of Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture.

Kurashiki is a fairly typical industrial city on the south coast, but the Bikan district is a little oasis of traditional streets and buildings that is a very popular tourist destination due in large part to the famous Ohara Museum of Art.

As with most of the major tourist destination in Japan I suggest exploring it very early in the morning. Japan doesnt use Daylight Savings Time in the summer so the days begin ridiculously early, but the tour buses and the hordes they bring don't usually arrive until 9

I found Kurashiki a little bit too touristy, a little bit too theme parkish. Most of the buildings are no longer in use except as tourist sites. Nearby Takahashi and Tomonoura I found to be more authentic.

Anyway, the combination of early morning light and still water makes for easy photography....