Friday, April 3, 2020

April (1)




The coronavirus is raging across the world.
I hope we will be able to overcome this difficult time and the outbreak will end someday in the near future. 


                  Akashi Strait ┼îhashi is a 3,911-meter long suspension bridge, which connects the city of Kobe on the main island of Japan to Iwaya Village on Awaji Island.
                  Since last autumn, my mother-in-law, who lives with my husband and me, has started staying at a nursing home two nights every month.
                 When this happens, my husband and I travel to Awaji Island, where he goes fishing and I enjoy walking around the fishing villages on the island.
                 The villages we visit aren't famous tourist destinations, but there are many old-fashioned buildings preserved in good condition today and
                  we enjoy a special atmosphere every time we go there. Let me show you some from my archive.
                
                                                                                                                   






This is a public bath in Iwaya on Awaji Island.
Even though it is located in such a quiet fishing village, many people come to visit the retro-inspired public bath from various parts of Japan.




                                                                                                  


                            There was at least one in every neighborhood in Edo period(1638-1868). Public houses are not just places where you go to wash yourself clean.
                           It was a kind of community place where local people could get together.The difference between hot spring and pablic bath is that

                           hot spring uses natural water while public bath uses boiled water.

                                                                       The owner is getting ready to open the place by preparing the bath.





                                                                                                 It looks like this used to be a bed for changing babies' clothes.








                                                                                                                        These photos are all permitted to post.
         
                                                                 

                                                                                              You can see many cats here and there in the fishing village.






                                                                                                                                   Thank you for visit.
           
                                                                                                                                            Tomoko