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    Posted: 17 February 2019 at 10:43
Previously we were in Matsumoto. After our night there we picked up a hire car to get to Takayama and Hida.

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Utilitarian
Right opposite our hotel, this structure fascinated me by its sheer ugliness. Not far away, by contrast

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Hida Kokubun-ji 3-storey pagoda
Nothing is quite what it seems. This temple dates from the C8 and as for the pagoda, "The 7-story pagoda also dates from the same period, burned down during the Ōei period and was reconstructed again in 1585. It was burned down again in the battles between Kanemori Nagachika and Anegakoji Yoritsuna and a 3-story pagoda was built in its place in 1615. This structure also burned down in 1791 and was rebuilt in 1820." I think the leaves are from a gingko tree that is claimed to be more than 1000 years old.

We turn a corner and an unplanned moment sweeps into view

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Infant delivery service

Further on we visited the Sanmachi conservation area

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Man with dog, shopping

At a restaurant we saw a flyer,

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Crazy Milk man wants Hida beef!
The Ukiyo-e print here is 'The actor Otani Oniji II as Yakko Edobei Sharaku'. We saw him appropriated in a bar in Asukasa to sing the virtues of Crazy Milk Nigori Sake, and now here he can't wait to get his hands on some fine Hida beef.

This was fortunate as the next day we were due to take a guided bike tour through the Hida district.

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Hida is a village not far from Takayama that can be said to embody traditional agricultural Japan. It's not particularly historic, but it's a flat valley bottom near the Japanese Alps and easy to tour.

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Hida koi carp
A small canal runs through the town teeming with carp. Every winter they are caught and taken to a nearby pond which is warmer, and come the spring they are all taken back to the canal.

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Tour stop
For an introduction to the rice fields of Hida.

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Ketawakamiya Shrine
The rural setting around Hida was used as inspiration for the rural parts of the anime film Your Name., which our tour guide highly commended (and was worth watching, on Netflix I think).

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Tea ceremony in a layby
The tea was made with water from a hillside well

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Hida allotments

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Once again thanks for looking and for your encouraging remarks on earlier posts.
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