|The reconstructed rural idyll|
|The real 21st century thing|
|That's a little cemetery in the background, at a crossroads.|
In the end the biggest risk wasn't getting lost, but getting distracted by the many interesting detours I could have taken on the way to the museum. I am thinking that although Japan is surely THE most expensive of Asian countries this is surely related to the fact that you can potter around in it without getting hassled to death. That's quite a big compensation for doing without a bunch of things.
|This is a burial mound I passed on the way. It turns out there are about 100 in the immediate area but this is one of the largest|
The boso no mura museum isn't exactly on the international tourist trail. It's the kind of place where you find school field trips in the week and family outings at the weekend. You can get tea and cakes there, see how your great-granny lived, just after a really thorough spring clean anyway, and go for a woodland walk among the ancient burial mounds afterwards. Still, it's the ideal place for tourists who are usually interested to see the traditional lifestyles of the country they're visiting while having a good time.
|Looking towards the reconstructed merchant's street at boso no mura.|
|The farmhouse kitchen with views into the living area and workroom|
|View across the living room towards one of the tatami rooms, in what I imagine was quite a fancy family house.|
|Altogether different and much older style of accomodation built in a sunken pit with a tent of thatch over it.|
|Miniature terracotta army outside one of the burial mounds. After seeing the big one in Xian it was an interesting association.|