Hida Folk Museum

As the markets came to a close in Takayama we started the 1.9 km walk out to the adjoining town of Hida. Our aim was to visit the reputed Hida Folk Museum. It was a steady uphill walk as we came into the foothills where the museum was located.

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As we entered, three of our senses were immediately heightened. The smell of food was pretty strong but we had just eaten lunch. Visually it was a knockout of Autumn colours around the small lake

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and our ears could certainly hear drums beating.

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One of the ladies on the nearby food stall alerted us to the fact it was a children’s procession going up to one of the shrines here and we should follow it to have a good look. The only problem was all the kids’ parents had the same intention. As the path was quite narrow we decided to look at some of the many traditional houses that have been transported here from the surrounding villages. Each with a focus of a family with a different occupation. The first one we came to was this little one.

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At the next house there was a man working with wood to make bowls.

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The next one was unusual because it had side attic windows.

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We could look inside some of the buildings if we removed our shoes.

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The next one had belonged to the village headman of a town in southern Hilda district in the early 1800s. It was unusual because it had an exterior hallway (verandah). In this area near Takayama this would not be the case due to the snow, so buildings would normally have had interior passageways.

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Most had steep rooves because of the snow.

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We even accessed one of the attics of these buildings. Note the massive roped beams.

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In time we came to another house where a craftswoman was weaving.

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Another building had the side of the roof removed. Apparently it had belonged to a family with silkworms and this allowed more light inside.

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At the far end of the village we came to the shrine where the children’s festival parade had come to conduct their ceremony.

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Next we came upon a waterwheel.

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From there we made our  way back along the lake with the trees in their autumn glory.

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It was not only a beautiful scene but it had been an interesting and informative museum giving us a good insight into Japanese country life in previous times.

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