Day 4 - Takayama Jinya

Takayama has many museums of interest, but we decided to select just one, the Takayama Jinya. This was the branch office of the Edo Bakufu (government) from 1692 to 1868, and is the only existing building of its kind in Japan.

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Maintaining the serenity of a Japanese garden requires a lot of hard work, but the results are spectacular.

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In the grounds of Takayama Jinya was a fascinating display of bonsais, but not the typical bonsai trees which we are familiar with, but bonsai chrysanthemum plants in full flower!

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Outside Takayama Jinya was this statue of a samurai, presuably one who had occupied this building at some time.

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The samurai sculpture contrasts sharply with statues of modern Japanese style:

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Still, put a Japanese maple tree anywhere, and beauty and harmony are restored!

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