Tag Archives: Japan Alps

Snow Country Measures

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Life in the snow country of Japan

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Constant manual removal of snow from the rooftops

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Shoveling snow into the snow gutter (beside the lady)

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Plastic shovel for fluffy fresh snow while metal shovel for hard old snow

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Avalanche barriers

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More roadside avalanche barriers

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Like an irrigation system but its purpose is to de-ice this parking lot

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Roadside waterways for depositing and de-icing while shoveling snow. The waterways will then be used for rice paddy irrigation

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Houses with triangular roof so that the snow can easily slide off. Triangular roof also prevents thick accumulation of snow

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Man using snow scoop in Shirakawa-go

Off Duty Scarecrows

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Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture

Meanwhile, it’s off duty for these scarecrows in the winter. So they’re out of the rice paddies and hibernating in the farmhouse.

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

Winter Walk in Hida-Takayama

Some aimless unhurried walking late in the afternoon on the first day of calendar year 2015 in Hida-Takayama, a traditional city in Japan Alps.

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Graveyard

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I appreciate the English translation

Shirakawa-go Farmhouses at Winter

Deep in the valley of Northern Japan Alps lies this mountain village where farmhouses have equilateral triangle thatched roof. This traditional house design known as gassho-style allows snow to slide off easily from the roof.

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To access the Shirakawa-go village is to cross this footbridge

 

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Gassho-style farmhouse

 

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Winter is so beautiful in this village

 

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