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Today I’m going to write a blog about Japanese buildings and architecture.

Japanese buildings are kind of beautiful! I’m sure there are a lot of impressions about Japanese architecture, such as “the image of being made of wood”, but I’ll explain a little bit about why this is the case. It’s up to you whether you believe me or not, as this article is my own opinion and prejudice.

First of all, when it comes to old Japanese buildings, there are two types of old buildings: castles and ordinary houses, but let’s look at ordinary houses by comparing them to ordinary houses in the West. Castles are special, that is, because they are built for war, that is.

 

The amount of wood… in the West, stone (bricks, etc.) in the East, wood in the East.

Structure….Western, clearly separates nature and inhabited space. In the Orient, nature and human space are not so clearly separated.

These pictures are of Western and Japanese buildings. Western buildings are made of stone, and they clearly separate nature and people. On the other hand, Japanese buildings have porches to let the sun in, and sliding doors that open wide to let the wind come in throughout the room.

What I think from this is that it was easier to live in nature in Japan because of the geographical features of the country. The temperature is just right, and there are few disasters. The West, on the other hand, had to live in a harsh environment. So they isolated nature and human space. If you look at religion, in Japan, stories are told in the context of nature, such as Shinto and Buddhism. On the other hand, Western religions are told in the context of an absolute God and his descendants, humans.

 

Well, I think it’s fun to visit tourist sites in Japan with this in mind. It’s even more interesting if you don’t just look at the petals and think they’re beautiful, but also look at the stems and roots of the flowers and think they’re interesting.

 

Therefore, I would like to recommend a village with many Gassho-zukuri buildings.

The buildings and life of a Japanese village of that time (early 19th century) have been recreated. The tools and smells of those days are recreated. To be honest, it’s a bit dirty. However, it’s fun to see and imagine what life in a Japanese village would have been like in those days.

You can eat gohei-mochi (a famous local rice cake) and dumplings here.

You can also try your hand at making ceramics.

You can also eat some soba noodles.

It’s a small village in terms of area, but it’s full of Japan.

Author: Atsushi Yabushita

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