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A Day in the Country

Written on July 10, 2009

I just returned from two-and-a-half weeks in Japan on a buying trip, which was wonderful: I found incredible treasures which I’ll start posting to my website soon.

On one day during my Japan sojourn, several friends and I piled into a car and headed out from Kyoto city to the northernmost part of Kyoto Prefecture, to a place called Tango which is situated on the Sea of Japan.

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From the sea, we drove high into a mountain village; we were there to have a look at some of the recent harvest of mountain wisteria, which is still being hand-made into yarns to create fuji fu, or cloth made from wisteria yarn.  Our host, the former curator of the local museum, is involved in fuji fu research, so he gave us a look at some of the recent threads.  He also took  us to his village, whose photos are shown here.  He wanted to show us the organic rice fields he planted himself, by hand.  Quite amazing!

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All over the Japanese countryside, bunches of onions were hanging out to dry, usually under the eaves of the roofs of local houses.  In this case, below, you can see onions behind a corrugated, clear plastic door.  I liked the way it looked.

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I loved this house, shown above and below.  You’ll see that this is a traditional, stuccoed home that has been retrofitted with a skin of corrugated metal.  Just lovely.

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…and more posts coming soon!

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  1. Comment by Velma:

    how wonderful! what were the threads like? will you show some? the photos are just so beautiful. i can’t imagine the amount of work went into planting that rice by hand…it looks like a pretty large field.

    July 13, 2009 @ 5:12 pm