Beautiful Japan: Kurashiki’s historical district

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One of Japan’s many beautiful cities, Kurashiki, is about halfway between Hiroshima and Osaka, in Okayama Prefecture. Kurashiki, roughly translated as “city of storehouses”, was once a famous rice distribution centre. Today, it is better-known for its historical district, with gorgeous canals that date back to the Edo period.

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This serene district contrasts with the area immediately around Kurashiki station, an energetic hub of restaurants and shops frequented by uniform-clad students. Away from the neon signs so ubiquitous in this tech-savvy country, one can always find Japan’s zen side if they look hard enough.
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I even enjoyed one of many unexpected moments of kindness. I paused to admire pottery outside the storefront of a Turkish man importing goods from his home country. He invited me to enjoy a cup of tea, we chatted for some time, and eventually I was invited to come back that evening and share dinner with his family!

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Gorgeous handmade Turkish lamps.

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After the sun set (this was in the middle of Ramadan) we tucked into a flavourful salad and fresh sabasandos (baguette sandwiches with fried saba fish). These lovely people even advised me to follow a different route from what I’d initially planned, and heading south to visit Washuzan (dragon’s head mountain) and watch the sun set. IMG_6727 IMG_6712 IMG_6714 IMG_6716 IMG_6722

The next morning, I followed a cycling path that started inside an abandoned train station, passed through a scenic fishing village, and made its way towards ‘dragon’s head mountain’. But that’s a story for another time…

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A railway line converted into a bike trail, starting inside this station!

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