More pics from Kumamoto, Kyushu.

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Blog entry by Junji posted 02-27-2009 10:42 AM 1106 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are more pictures from Kumamoto, Kyushu.

This is another Soba reastaurant. You can see the roof/cealing is so high.


This is the room we are staying. The tradisional Japanese style. No beds. We put futon at night on the tatami mat.

And this is “Tokonoma”, where you suposed to display arts, but you see, they also puts TV and heater…


This is where I went today. Deep deep mountaion area, Itsuki village where the country tries to build a huge Dam. So the people who lived close to the river needed to move out. And a few years ago, the governer disagreed this dam project, so it’s stopped temporary.

A shrine next to this Inn here. The structure is very complex and beautiful.

These places I went yesterday and today, they are all much smaller cities, or village than Kobe, but it seems to me the people here is having a richer life in a way. Just start thinking how I can get out of huge cities, like Kobe or Osaka… It’s much easier for me to do woodworking here, but not my bussiness, music.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#1 posted 02-27-2009 11:04 AM

I,ve just put kyushu on my places to see before I die list. Thanks for the pics.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 02-27-2009 12:07 PM

nice pictures…it’s great to see the buildings and countryside.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 02-27-2009 01:08 PM

just amazing structures.
Interesting about the TV

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#4 posted 02-27-2009 03:21 PM

Thank you very much for this journey…..

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 02-27-2009 04:46 PM

Thank you for sharing your photos. The traditional Japanese woodwork is quite a treat. Years ago, my Dad made a covering for his pond using traditional Japanese wood working techniques and tools, no nails, just the dove tail type system (sorry, I don’t know the correct term), with 6” x 6” redwood posts. It was beautiful and stood up for a good 20 years before the weathering made it unstable. It has since been replaced by a contractor who used the common nail/screw system so it doesn’t have the character it once had.

Please share more photos of this beautiful town or other works.

I commend the Governor for being able to stop the construction of the dam, as China would not allow such democracy. Thus, many of the people who have lived on the side of the Yangtze river have had to relocate (with or without government help), and villages and temples that were centuries old are now underwater. I managed to visit this area before completely submerged and it was truly beautiful. The dam will provide electrical power, but alas, progress does not always help.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 02-27-2009 06:47 PM

Thanks for the tour, Junji. I love Japanese architecture. On my trips to Japan, I always went where ever I could to look at the older buildings and study the joinery. I’ve never been to Kyushu, but it’s a very beautiful place. Thanks again for the post.

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#7 posted 02-27-2009 09:51 PM

I really enjoyed the photos.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 02-27-2009 10:45 PM

I really enjoy seeing your area of the world. I have a strong interest in the traditional architecture, art, and design elements of Japan. These are wonderful images.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 02-28-2009 10:55 AM

Hi everybody.
Thank you for the comments. Of course there are lots of interesting architecture in Japan, but before I get into woodworking, I didn’t care much about it. Now I see these houses or temples, I see how great those carpenters were, and I admire what they could.

Yes you should go there before you die, since it’s not far from where you are.

Yes, the Dam can do something good in a way, but the main problem is the government just didn’t care or talk to the local people. There are lots to save, like life, culture, fishes and flowers, and of course the forest. I think there are more to get if you try hard to save them. Centuries of culture and lifes shouldn’t be vanished in years.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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