Kumamoto to Miyazaki

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Blog entry by Junji posted 02-28-2009 11:46 AM 1049 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everybody. Thank you so much for checking my blog, I am really glad/surprised that so many people sees my photos with interest.

This is a veiw from the room we were staying. You can hear the sound of Kuma river, the main stream of Hitoyoshi town.

Today, we finally needed to move to Miyazaki city for tomorrow’s concert. We could just choose the easiest way, the high way, that would be maybe 1.5 hours, but we wanted to see a place that they call “the last village in Japan”, Shiiba-village on the way.
We thought that would take another hour longer to drive through the village, because even if the road is not so good, it’s actually a short cut to Miyazaki, so we started to drive. After about 2 hours of driving, we figured out that maybe we shouldn’t choose this option. We were still so far from the village, and then knew that is the main reason, that they call the place “the last village”. The road is narrow and so winding. We almost decided to go back to Kumamoto, and then we saw this scenery.



A spectacular view of the whole village, and you may be able to see the little houses in this photo.

And another one hour driving let us take a lunch and some sight seeing.

This is the middle of the village, and made about 300 years ago. It’s just so amazing that they could build something like this 300 years ago, and it’s still there.


this is the main room of the house.

And now, I am sitting a hotel room in Miyazaki, and it was 5pm when we got here. That makes that it took about 7 hours to get here. Oh no!!! I am so tired of driving.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#1 posted 02-28-2009 03:16 PM

300 years old.. yah, that’s just amazing!
Our buildings don’t seem to last 10 years! :( How embarrassing.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 02-28-2009 03:41 PM

Thanks again for the tour, Junji. Japan is a very beautiful country. It has a very long history to explore. I used to love to travel around “sight seeing”. Always had to do it by train, so never really got to see any of these nice, off the beaten path, places.

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#3 posted 02-28-2009 03:59 PM

Amazing place, amazing building, please keep posting!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 02-28-2009 04:04 PM

Right, we should spend more money what lasts long. When I make something myself, that is one of the biggest point, “lasts long”. Hey, we can all do that!!!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 04:07 PM

Amazing is right. I toured Germany and France in 2000 and was amazed at the things that made the USA look ashamed…....... one of the things that struck me was that Germans recycle everything and the bath and kitchen sinks and toilets were out of this world. Thanks for the post and reminding us here across the seas to wake up. You have some amazing pictures here.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 02-28-2009 04:09 PM

The next time you come to Japan, you have a nice tour guide here!
But actually these places I went, I just didn’t know until I visit, and I think most Japanese don’t know them too. Japan is one of the most interesting countries to visit, I am glad that I live here, although the power tools are so expensive here…

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 04:14 PM

I will left here Kyushu tomorrow night, and not much to see tomorrow because I have to work finally, but I will put more pics from Kobe or Kyoto, maybe some amazing technics of woodworking I can find in daily life in Japan.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 04:21 PM

I believe most of the people here at LJ cares much about “Eco” or recycling, but the system or the society just doesn’t. Building something by your own hands means a lot. What we have to do is to do more projects which lasts long, and make other people wake up and think in the same way. We can do that, right?

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#9 posted 02-28-2009 07:29 PM

Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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