Japanese traditional rural thatched house. From the book Japan Country Living: Spirit, Tradition, Style by Amy Sylvester Katoh, photographs by Shin Kimura, Charles E. Tuttle Company, Rutland Vermont and Tokyo, Japan, 1993. Kimura's work has also appeared in Met Home and Paris Vogue.
nagashi hiina, Kyoto. "Hina-nagashi (Floating hina-dolls down to the sea) - March 3 each year, at Awashima-jinja Shrine. Dolls dedicated from all over the country are taken to the shore in a plain-wood boat with colorful paper cranes in it, and floated down to the sea after the chief priest of the Shinto shrine exorcises the evil spirits.
HOW TO TRAVEL TO JAPAN ON A TIGHT BUDGET - While Japan isn’t cheap per say – especially if you compare it to countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam – it certainly can be done on a tight budget. We found Japan to be quite affordable and cheaper than London or even England. Here is a summary of what we spent and some advice on how to save money when travelling to Japan. - www.beautifullytravelled,com