Flowers and Foliage at Shirakawago


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Shirakawago is a famous world heritage site in Japan - I went there this weekend and I just loved not only the houses with the thatched roof style, but the whole setup there. It's a village where people actually still live - and the flowers there are magnificent! :)







Just a quick glimpse - I wont upload too many pictures but I hope you enjoy the few I shared! :)
 
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Very nice pictures, these types of pictures help to give a different idea of what Japan looks like. I always think of those little rice huts you see in the movies.
 
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Beautiful spot amelia88. And interesting to see the quite wild looking garden, not something we generally associate with Japanese gardens.
 
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I love the photos @amelia88 (y) It really is charming. Is it in the mountains? I am surprised to see the beautiful cosmos growing and i see that those scary scarecrows haven't much bothered the bee. I wouldn't mind seeing more pics :)
 
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Beautiful spot amelia88. And interesting to see the quite wild looking garden, not something we generally associate with Japanese gardens.
I think that's one reason I loved it so much - I adore wildflowers growing like that, so it was very pleasant!!
 
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I love the photos @amelia88 (y) It really is charming. Is it in the mountains? I am surprised to see the beautiful cosmos growing and i see that those scary scarecrows haven't much bothered the bee. I wouldn't mind seeing more pics :)
Yes!! :) Up in the mountains, the prefecture it's located in is very mountainous, so even the drive there is rather charming!

I'll have to upload some more. It really was a lovely place to visit and the fact that it is still a working village where people live is so neat. They all help each other re-thatch the rooves when it's required - a real team spirit kind of town!
 
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Looks absolutely stunning, so beautiful I hope I can make something like this someday in the near future, I'm gonna be uploading pictures when I have one.
 
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Looks absolutely stunning, so beautiful I hope I can make something like this someday in the near future, I'm gonna be uploading pictures when I have one.
I think Japan has been such a wonderful eye opener for me in terms of flowers, especially - they have so many wonderful festivals and things seem to grow quite effortlessly here, since the soil is so fertile!

I tell everyone I know now that they simply MUST visit Japan!
 
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Here was another pretty part of the area, it was a view from a window out of one of the thatched houses you could walk through.

I love this style of Japanese inspired garden, and in my dream house someday I would like something similar! You have to remember as well this is not a 'preserved' garden but it's literally someone's yard, so it is all the more special if you ask me :)
 
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Here was another pretty part of the area, it was a view from a window out of one of the thatched houses you could walk through.

I love this style of Japanese inspired garden, and in my dream house someday I would like something similar! You have to remember as well this is not a 'preserved' garden but it's literally someone's yard, so it is all the more special if you ask me :)
If we wanted that back yard we could pay a fortune to a landscaper to bring in the rocks, dig a stream, plant the oriental trees, lay a path etc. It is lovely. You are right, amelia, it's amazing that it's someone's backyard.
 
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