Hida

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Getting a little closer to the houses in Shirakawa-Go :)

Even if you remove the surrounding landscape the houses still look nice and humble :)
This is what makes for the charm of these houses they fit the environment they are in quite well but could be put in many other places and still look nice :3

Another thing I like about them is how graceful they age :)
Even the more used ones that clearly need some work looks nice and make me want to be the one to give them a new lease on life :)

It is also nice to see that the more modern buildings fit well in but I hope they won’t replace the old ones (^-^;)

I still like to dream about the day I spent there :3
It was hot humid and it rained several times still I took so many nice photos and so many nice memories home with me (o^-^o)

I like to remember everything of my trip :3
There are still so many photos I want to show and so many details I remember every time I’m writing an article :3
It makes me happy that I took so many photos and how they make me revisit the places and how writing these articles deepens my appreciation for what I was fortunate enough to experience (^-^)


Recently I’m wishing to write more articles but I also want to learn Japanese so please be patient for now :)
I need to make a better schedule (^-^;)
This weekend I’ll be visiting my parents :3

I want to improve my Japanese so I can communicate more easily on my next trip :)

This week I had a lot of things to do at work :)
This is not bad. I kind of prefer having something to do and not having too much time where I have nothing to do. It makes me feel need and like I’m not wasting my time (otherwise I can’t help but think “I could work on my English and my Japanese, get some work done on my workshop projects or go swimming (^-^;) I guess I’m very frugal with how I spend my time :D
Although I thoroughly enjoy relaxing and sleeping for a long time :3
I rarely feel bored but recently I’m feeling lonely sometimes (^-^;)

With this said, I wish everyone a great weekend with sweet dreams and the feeling that someone needs you (not like if you’re not around they’ll die but that they are happier with you being around :) (^-^)/

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As mentioned in my last article about Shirakawa-Go I’m writing an article about the tools displayed in the attics of these houses :)

I took those photos in 3 different attics and decided to post them together in one article because it makes sense to me to write about the tools I saw and then write about the other things in those attics in another article :)

The biggest tools I saw were made for the maintenance of the roofs of the houses :)
Most tools were actually meant to be used to make building materials for houses and tools for field work or tools for the maintenance, repair or fabrication of woodworking tools :)

One of the major differences between these houses and many other Japanese houses from the same period is that there was even less metal used during their construction :)
Many houses in cities used Metal parts for door pulls or nails or wire to fix the shingles to the roof but in these there is no need to fix shingle to the roof and while some door pulls are made from metal many aren’t. It was fascinating to me :3

The needles look like they were made by giants but it makes sense since the thread/rope used and the size/thickness of the thatch bundles makes it necessary to scale the needles to fit these :)

Most of the wood used in these homes was not finished or dimensioned to the same degree as homes in cities or other places in Japan but the wood in the places where the inhabitants spent most of their time was just as finely finished and dimensioned as in any other place in Japan :)
I think this selection was necessary due to the limited time and severe weather that would have punished the builders and future inhabitants by destroying or damaging the house before it was even finished.
I admire how they still made sure that the timber looked nice and doesn’t splinter :3
I think in some way these are pinnacles of both craftsmanship, logistics and architecture as they were built in the open or with a limited amount of covering from the elements, little resources and in a limited time :)

The tools are just as finely made as the tools found in the cities in Japan :)
I like how they store their tools with the other valuables to keep them away from moisture and ensure a good ventilation to prevent the handles from getting loose, rot, rust and bugs from eating the wooden parts of the tools :)

I wish I could write something like a catalogue that would list the exact tools used in the construction and maintenance of these houses but unfortunately I lack the time and resources to do so :/

This week was quite relaxed and nice :)
I did a lot of work on some woodworking project, made some waffles and went to the Hafengeburtstag in Hamburg :)
Tomorrow I’ll have a job interview :)
Recently I often wish I would have a girlfriend (-_-;)
I’m feeling lonely despite having some great friends who are very caring.

I will write an article about the Hafengeburtstag tomorrow and another one once I finish my current woodworking project :)

I wish everyone a great new week with nice friends and a person who loves you and who you cherish as well as sweet dreams (^-^)/

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Shirakawa-Go :)

I missed doing some woodworking and being in Japan so my mind travelled back to Shirakawa-Go and seeing some carpenters build a small shrine :)
It was nice to see it and to see them do some repairs on some of the houses :3

I miss the hot and humid air that bore the smell of cut wood and forests :3
It felt so nice to walk around while the hot summer rain came down on me and the houses :)
The rain was just falling sporadicly which made it nice and bearable :)

The aesthetics of these houses are quite fascinating because they were mainly made to be utilitarian and not as a representative home but somehow the surrounding area as well as the way they are arranged and build somehow came together to make for a scenery that is very pleasant to look at :)

These kind of things are kind of what fuels my curiosity for Japanese things :D

I stumbled on some photos I took in the attics of some of the houses and will write some articles on their contents soon :)

last week I was kind of busy preparing for my birthday party :)
I invited a few friends over and cooked some Yuki Nikudango, waffles, and Awayuki (kind of a wobbly creme with strawberries :)
It was a great day and I feel very happy to have such great friends :)

I made some progress on my woodworking projects but not too much since I spent most of the time cooking cleaning and buying groceries for the party :)
I managed to convince some friends that Belgian beer is better than German beer (^o^)

I wish everyone a great new week with sweet dreams and the feeling of having friends who appreciate you just the way you are (^-^)/