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Gigantic baby mobile？？👶🍼
Displayed in Echigo Yuzawa station.
Known as “Tsurushibina” each of these hanging objects have a meaning.
The flower bears the wish of “blossoming into a pretty girl like a flower.” Not sure about these wishes as it seems a little outdated for this day in age, but as a whole, it’s wishing for a prosperous life for girls as it is Girl’s Day on March 3rd.
So will just go with the flow, and just enjoy the impact and beauty of this mobile as an art piece, and not be so gender sensitive.
The gassho-zukuri houses are unique to the Shirakawago area of Japan. The name translates as 'praying hands' or 'hands in prayer' as the steep roof resembles two hands joined together in prayer. 🙏 They have been built this way to withstand the heavy snowfall that arrives each winter in this area (on average 1.5-2 metres) because the steep roof means the snow will slide off more easily. Shirakawago is the largest of the 3 villages with these style houses, with a total of 114. The villages have been declared World Heritage sites.
This was quickly snapped with my phone camera, better photos from my camera to be uploaded shortly 😀
Gift giving has quite the tradition in Japan, and often people gift food from their home prefecture, so for every trip we make a point to bring some delicious New Zealand treats for our hosts - this year we have an assortment of @whittakersnz artisan chocolates 🍫
I also decided to give an original peice of art, inspired by the local volcanic mountain cluster to our hosts as an extra thanks for all their hospitality 🗻💖❄