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Quiet beauty,Hagi city,Yamaguchi


In this article,I’ll introduce Hagi city,Yamaguchi prefecture.
Hagi is a town that conserve old cityscape.
These are shops in Hagi.

Cityscape,Hagi,Yamaguch,Japan
Cityscape,Hagi,Yamaguch,Japan
Cityscape,Hagi,Yamaguch,Japan
Cityscape,Hagi,Yamaguch,Japan

Next photo is replica of Kosatsu(高札).
This was used to inform people information.For example,about law.

Replica of Kosatsu,,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Replica of Kosatsu,,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

In Edo period(1601-1867,Mohri clan governed Hagi.
So Hagi developed under Mohri clan as Choshuhan.
The word “Han” is administrative division in Edo period.
So it is similer to prefecture in contemporary word.
But area is different from now.

Choshuhan made effort to educate youth.
So they made Hankou(藩校 means Han school).
In Edo period,a lot of han made hankou.
Childlen of Samurai class studied at hankou.
The other class children studied at Terakoya(寺子屋).

These photos are former Meirin primary school.
Before Meirin primary school,here was hankou.
Its name was Meirinkan.
Meirin primary school has moved other place in April 2014.
Here is going to use another purpose.
Now,NHK Taiga drama “Hanamoyu” exhibition is held.
Because one of main location place of Hanamoyu is Hagi.

Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Former Meirinkan cite,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

I was surprised that this architecture had been used till March 2014 as primary school.
I felt Hagi’s thought that respect for tradition.
I think, if children learn here,they will become person who have appreciation heart.

And,Let’s move to Jokamachi(城下町 means Castle town).
Here are many small beautiful streets.
And here are many historic cites.I introduce only a few cites.

Castle town,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Castle town,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

Here is born place of Takayoshi Kido(former name is Kogoro Katsura).
He played important role during Meiji Restoration.

Gate of born place of Takayoshi Kido,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Gate of born place of Takayoshi Kido,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Born place of Takayoshi Kido,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Born place of Takayoshi Kido,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Born place of Takayoshi Kido,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Born place of Takayoshi Kido,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Born place of Takayoshi Kido,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Born place of Takayoshi Kido,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

And here is Onarimichi street.(御成り道 means road for Daimyou(means locak lord in Edo period))
This street used for,for example Sankinkoutai.
Sankinkoutai(参勤交代) is special rule for Daimyou in Edo period made by Bakuhu.
Daimyou had to go Edo and stay and return own Han repeatedly.

Onarimichi,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Onarimichi,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

Along Onarimichi street,there is Kikuya family residence.
Kikuya family is merchant for Choshuhan.
This architecture was built in early Edo period.

Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

Beautiful ceiling! Amazing technique!!

Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

Beautiful Tatami room and garden.

Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

When you watch Japanese style garden,you should watch with window flame.
It’s like flame for art!There will be different view.

Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya Family Residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

Opposite side of Kikuya family residence(right),there is Kubota family residence(left).
Kubota family was also merchant.They managed clothes and liquor.
This architecture was built in late Edo period.

Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

Here is Doma(土間 means ground area.used as kitchen).
Three cube object in front is Kamado(竈).These are used for cooking with fire.

Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

Ceiling of Doma.

Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kubota family residence,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

And Onarimichi street is crossing Kikuya street.
Here is selected 100 Japanese beautiful streets.Here is photogenic!

Kikuya street,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Kikuya street,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

In castle town,there are many precious places.
If you go many places,you might be better to buy a one day pass ticket.
But,some places can’t use that ticket in castle town area.Cites are very near,so you can go on foot.

Additional information
I think Hagi Uragami Museum is one of best museum about Ukiyoe and Japanese art in Japan.
My favorite Ukiyoe art is located here.
Kuniyoshi Utagawa,Mikakewakowaigatondaiihitoda(みかけはこわいがとんだいい人だ means He looks scary at a glance,but nice man)I love Kuniyoshi very much!!

Hagi Uragami Museum,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Hagi Uragami Museum,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

Last photo is Hagiyaki(Hagi ware).I took this photo at castle town.Hagiyaki is sold everywhere at Hagi.
These are suit for souvenir.

Hagi ware,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan
Hagi ware,Hagi,Yamaguchi,Japan

Hagi is quiet,beautiful,historical place.
There are many many other places to go in Hagi,but I couldn’t go.
One day in the future,I’ll go Hagi again!!

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