Takayama in cool fragrant breeze


sannmachi1 Hida 飛騨 lies at the foot of, and to the west of the Japan Alps amid beautiful trees and brilliant water.
The principal town of this district is TAKAYAMA 高山.
Along beautiful rivers, you can get to Takayama, the main city of a mountainous province, by train (Takayama-line) or by car (Rout 41,or Toukai-Hokuriku High Way) from both sides the Pacific Ocean and the Japan Sea.
Takayama is 683 meters above sea level, and has a population of 93000(in 2010).

About the year 1600, Kanamori Nagachika 金森長近 came to Hida by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi 豊臣秀吉 (The Imperial Adviser-Taiko) and built the Takayama-castle on Mt.Shiroyama.
This is the beginning of Hida-Takayama city. Unfortunately this castle is not existing now. Takayama experienced Kyoto-Culture in the regime of the Kanamori Family for about 100 years, and after that the city became one of the territories under controlled of the TOKUGAWA Shogunate (Tokugawa-Bakufu 徳川幕府).
These territories were called   “tenryo 天領”. In those days the capital city of Japan was Edo 江戸 (Tokyo was called Edo during Edo era.).
In this way, culture of Kyoto was mixed with that of Edo. In addition, great skills in the craft of the talented people who were born in this district were added to this mixed culture. We call these people “Hida no Takumi” 飛騨の匠.
The Yamato Chotei 大和朝廷(Imperial Court) ordered them to work as carpenters or sculptors instead of payment of taxes. This work continued for about 600 years. Every year about 130 people with excellent skills in the craft had worked hard this work.
Although they left their families behind in home town, they were delighted to do their work, I think.  They were very proud of their working.  Therefore Takayama has kept an
original culture.

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photos: Kamisannomachi 上三之町 and  Floats of Takayama Festival and a marionette 高山祭り屋台

Takayama Tourism Association official website (English) This website is written in many other languages.

Youtube: Video Movies      
1.  Kusakabe & Yoshijima Houses 1
2. Kusakabe & Yoshijima Houses 2
3. Old fashioned streets

T-shirtTaka2 I’ve just  made this T-shirt!!   Please tell me if you want to get this T-shirt.

New Bridal costume in Japanese dress  (和装花嫁衣裳)  by  CUCURU  in Tokyo


Some items my daughter Mica made are shown in CUCURU shop. Would you enjoy trying in  Japanese bridal hair ornaments?    And a new Project with SHIROMUKUYA will start soon.

Makie(蒔絵):KARAFURU kiku(double) -2

This Japanese lacquer work of art is really quite a piece of work with all its splendid craftsmanship.  Lacquer art is painted on a pearl. These works are handcrafted in Kyoto.   Tsuishitsu (堆漆ついしつ) : MIYABICA urushi7

This is a technology that is called “Tsuishitsu” of traditional technology that an artist recoats the natural lacquer 200 or 300 times. She is currently absorbed in production and sales are closed.