Tag Archives: Hida Takayama

Bear Warning Signs

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When you walk in the woods in Hida-Takayama, you’ll often come across bear warning signs with an image of the black bear. Meanwhile, I’ll just note it down here that we have not sighted a single bear in all three times that we’ve wandered in the woods.

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Featuring the Snow Shovel

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At past the peak of winter snowing in Hida Region around March, one can notice plainly the handy snow shovels in different shapes, sizes, and colors, in front of homes, shops, and shrines, in standby mode.

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Find the shovel

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Delivery Tin Box

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Attaché-like case with wooden handle is used by restaurants in Hida-Takayama presumably for their food delivery.

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Walk for Sake

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No alcoholic drinks to anyone who comes to this restaurant by car

A restaurant’s own way of campaigning ‘don’t drink and drive’ on its alcoholic drinks menu.

Of Japan’s Winter and Kerosene Heater

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To maximize the heat at the top, use it to warm some water

Kerosene heater is the most endearing winter necessity in Japan. It’s a pretty common space heating device in homes and shops other than the kotatsu.

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Most common kerosene heater design

Throughout my temple stay in Hida-Takayama and mountain village stay in Gokayama in Japan Alps, multiple kerosene heaters are the primary source of heat indoors where outside temperature ranges from -1°C to -7°C.

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Kerosene heater + kotatsu = Japan winter survival

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