Japan Hour: Road Trip on Akechi Tetsudo (Part 2)

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Japan Hour: Road Trip on Akechi Tetsudo (Part 2)

Local lines Trains travel through beautiful places of Japan, making us feel nostalgic Season by season, we enquire local residents to find breathtaking scenery, delicious cuisine, and wonderful accommodations It’s a journey to uncover recommendations only the locals know All aboard to find the home in our hearts This time, the journey takes place on Akechi Line, Gifu Prefecture It’s a local line with scenic views Outside of the train windows spreads peaceful rural landscape -I feel like I’m the operator -Me too Hidden spots with breathtaking views only discovered by enquiring the locals -That sounds nice -Here it goes Our travellers devour local delicacy Here it is The noodles are transparent They find exquisite yet healthy ramen noodles Very smooth Heartwarming interaction with people on the local line It smells great I used to do ice skating -Did you really? -Yeah -Were you fast? -Yeah, a bit -He’s a gold medallist -What? -Of the Olympics -What? Our travellers are also amazed by the treasures they find Geta skates? -What is it? -It’s something new -You wear tabi socks with them -What? However I think I made a mistake Are there any restaurants or anything? There’s nothing around here On top of that What? A clipper? -Finding entries doesn’t go so smoothly -Really? Does this really have anything to do with our journey? An unpredictable two-day journey filled with excitement and surprises And a miraculous encounter! Let’s get started All aboard our journey of enquiry and discovery! -What’s that? -Here’s your loach Wow, I wasn’t expecting it to look like this -Deep fried loach? -Yes -You cooked them as is -Yes -What? -I’ve never eaten them this way (Deep fried loach 580 yen) Is it good? -It has a good aroma -Oh, yeah? It’s a bit bitter, too I personally love this Especially the bitterness -A complex taste? -Yeah It’s sweet at first, and gets bitter after that (Raw horse meat 1,080 yen) Our duo also orders raw horse meat, and grilled aubergine They are very happy with what they got The fifth entry in the guidebook, a unique pub in the castle town, Izakaya Tono -Thank you very much -Thank you very much -Thank you very much -Thank you With their stomachs full, they go back to the guest house What will our rooms look like? I’m excited to see it -I’m quite excited, too -Me too (8:10 pm) We’re back -We’re back -We’re back -We’re back -Hi -We had dinner -Welcome back -Thank you -Mr Shimizu, Yes? there’s something I’d love to show you, which I just remembered -What is it? -Over here What is it? -What is this? -Skates made of bamboo? I mean, geta (Japanese sandals) skates -Geta skates? -What is that? It’s from pre-war -Pre-war? -Right These are the skate blades These are from pre-war. No way How come you have these here? I love skating a lot In this area, there’s nothing else to do So you used these? They wore these in old times -With tabi socks -What’s that? It’s locked now Look So skates were like this in the old times? Yes, I’ve only seen them in books You knew about it? Yes -You own these, Mr Fuji? -Yes You skated like that? I’ve always wanted to skate like this In the early Showa period, Mr Fuji had a blacksmith in town build these skates There wasn’t much entertainment back then, so they poured water in rice fields and let it freeze and everyone went skating on the ice I’m happy that I was able to show this to you

That’s great -This is great -Amazing I’m happy That’s great He says now he can go to heaven in peace -So interesting -Can we see our rooms? -Yes, this is your room -Great It’s very spacious I’ll move the table and put a mattress there -I’ll do that -Great -You’ll have a room on the second floor -Sure Can I take a look, too? Sure -Follow me -I’m excited Mr Shimizu will have two tatami rooms Through the paper sliding door called Satori no Mado, there’s a view of their charming garden Here’s Ms Nishioka’s room Wow, it’s made of wood It looks nice -It’s real wood -So spacious Placed on the floor It looks wonderful Thank you very much We built this room for my daughter We have a daughter, and we talked about me getting retired We changed to wooden floor to bring a bed in Yes The room has some traditional elements while it also has new elements added little by little The bamboo beam was already here when we bought this place I see You use them very nicely They also have a bath made with Japanese cypress that keeps you warm (Japanese cypress is used for the walls) The sixth entry in the guidebook, Tojiya A heartwarming guest house -Let’s talk about tomorrow -Yeah, what should we do? Let’s think about it Let’s go take a look at the town a bit more -Let’s do that -So we’ll take a train later Sure, what time should we start? What about 10:45 am? What do you think? I think that would be perfect -Shall we leave here around 10 am? -That sounds good As for the entries, including this guest house, -we have six -Six -That’s good -It is good It’s going very well We have four entries left to find, and four stations It’d be great if we could find one entry at each station -So we’ll get off at each stop? -Sure -Let’s do that -I hope tomorrow will go smoothly, too -I’m sure it will -Yeah (Gifu Prefecture) On the journey on Akechi Line, Gifu Prefecture, our duo found six entries on the first day Let’s keep up the good work tomorrow (The second day) -Thank you very much -Thank you very much Thank you Thank you very much -Can she? -Bye Thank you very much Thank you very much The two were 100 percent happy with the guest house As they still have time until the train arrives, they decided to make a little detour They sell castella cakes there Where? Here I want to try that -Castella cakes for breakfast sounds nice -Right? I wonder if it’s open? -Oh, it’s an automatic door -Yeah -Good morning -Hi there -It smells sweet -It does -Sorry, can we film this store? -Sure Great Is this area known for castella cakes? It’s our shop Two hundred years ago, there was a castle in Iwamura There was a doctor named Untaku Kamiya at the castle He went to Nagasaki to learn medicine there The famous Doctor Siebold not only taught him medicine, but also told him that castella cakes are good for health He then taught my ancestors eight generations ago to make them We’ve been making them ever since Eight generations ago? -Yes -You’re the eighth? Yes, I’m the eighth generation This Japanese confectionery store has 200 years of history Castella cake was introduced at the end of Edo period (Castella cake 480 yen) They still use the name and recipe from the time period and continue making it the same way I’ll buy some for gifts -Yes, for gifts -Thank you -We’ll eat it on the train -Can I shake hands with you? I used to be a skater Really? This is a town of skaters It’s popular in Gifu Prefecture Do you speed skate? -Yes, I did speed skating -Really? He was in a national competition Seriously? Where did you compete in? I went to Kushiro, Hokkaido, and Iwate -Really? -So you were shocked to see him? -Yes, I worship him -He’s the legend Can you strike the starting pose? -I’d love to see it -That’d be embarrassing -Why not? -Let’s do it together That’s the starting pose? Amazing

-I also did 500-metre races -Really? -Great -Thank you so much I want to take a photo Sorry Should I strike the pose, too? How do I do that? -Do the same as me -Okay I’m so happy Thank you very much Sorry, we don’t have time Thank you very much Thank you That was very moving Thank you very much -I’m glad we stopped by -Me too -It’s a miracle -How amazing We should have asked them for recommendations Yeah, we should have I want to do that Only 15 minutes left until the train departs. Let’s hurry This isn’t good I see the train track We barely made it in time We’re back The second day starts at Iwamura Station Next station, please Hanashiro-Onsen Hanashiro? -How many? -Two There are four stations left and four entries to find Their plan for today is to get off at each station like yesterday The time limit of the journey is 5 pm You’re going to Akechi? We’re going to Hanashiro-Onsen Hanashiro? The second day of enquiry and discovery begins now (10:45 am) Did you have breakfast? -Not yet -No, right? I didn’t either Should we eat at the next stop? -Let’s do that -Okay Akechi Line connects Ena Station to Akechi Station in the southeastern part of Gifu There are 11 stations total and the total distance is 25.1 km It’s a short local line that runs through the peaceful rural landscape Their goal is to get recommendations from local residents and create an original travel guide with 10 entries Let’s go to the front to see the scenery Yeah, let’s admire the scenery Okay, this looks great -It’s nice to stand here -Let me see It’s right in front of us It’s impressive So dynamic Don’t you think? This is the best seat I feel like I’m operating the train Me too. I feel like a kid again It’s only a six-minute ride to their first stop of the day, Hanashiro-Onsen Hopefully, they can find a hot spring We’re arriving -I think so -That was so quick We’re here What will this town be like? Wait a minute What did you find? Hanashiro-Onsen? He’s already found something In front of the station? Is this it? It says “hot spring” -What? -The building in front of the station? Oh, you’re right (10:51 am) We’re here Yes, we’re here Good morning Are you going to the hot spring? Hot spring? Are you from here? -Hot spring? -Are you going there? To the hot spring? Yes, I’m from this town You can go to the hot spring -Can we? -Yes The hot spring has been here for a long time and it’s a wonderful place -You should try it -Okay For me, I had an agar jelly shop -Agar jelly? -Yes Is agar jelly popular in this area? -Yes -I see I used to make it in my shop You used to make it? Yes, I did -Now too? -Not anymore -Pot -Pot? The pot I used to use is here The pot you used to make jelly with is here? -It’s right here -I want to see it Can we go with you? This is it -Let me see -Here -There it is -This? I used to use that -You had that at your place? -Yes -Really? -Why is it placed by the station? They asked, -so I gave it to them -Okay -You gave it to them? Such a big pot -Yes, I did -It says big agar jelly pot bath -Yes -It’s very deep -Let me see Wow, amazing You used to own this? It used to be yours? Yes, it was ours We used it, but now that my husband is gone,

I gave it to them You used to put jelly in it No, plants Plants? Agar plants? Agar plants We made jelly by boiling the plants Yamaoka Town is a leading producer of agar jelly where they have a share of 80% At the beginning of the Showa period, people started to make it in winter when they couldn’t farm The temperature drops a lot at night in this area, which is perfect for making agar jelly Where can we go to taste it? -Jelly? -Yes -You can try it here -Where? -Here? -Here? -The hot spring joint makes it? -Yes They don’t make it here, but you can eat it They have agar jelly ramen -Jelly ramen? -They have that? -Is it good? -Yes. You should try it You can eat it here Take care, ma’am Thank you very much -Keep it up -Thank you Before tasting jelly ramen, they check the timetable for the next train 11:55 am? That’s -That’s too rush -Yes When is the next one? 1:03 pm But this is an express train -Is that so? -Yes, it has a star -Let’s take that one, then -Okay Let’s have breakfast Our duo decides to spend two hours at this station -We can eat jelly at the hot spring -Yeah -But we need to ask for permission to film -Oh, yeah -Hello -Good morning -They said, “Okay” -What a relief! -Great -Yes (Hanashiro-Onsen) I’m glad This way, please Thank you very much -There’s a terrace, too -Oh, yeah The hot spring facility in front of the station opened after a renovation in 2009 Inside, there’s a restaurant where local speciality dishes are served (Restaurant Hanashiro Chaya) We want some agar jelly Sure The dish that has the most jelly is the jelly ramen here We use noodles made of agar jelly Noodles made of agar jelly? On the journey on Akechi Line, our duo visits a hot spring facility with a restaurant by the station We want some agar jelly The dish that has the most jelly is the jelly ramen here We use noodles made of agar jelly Noodles made of agar jelly? What flavour is it? It’s Baitan -Baitan? -It’s white -Chicken broth, right? -Exactly What other jelly dish do you have? The vegetable salad here has some agar jelly placed on top Also, we have a parfait made with it -Okay -Or -You like it? -Sure What’s in the parfait? We’ll get two of that Great, thank you Dishes made with Yamaoka’s speciality, agar jelly It’s very exciting Thank you very much Thank you for waiting -What’s that? -It looks great The transparent noodles are agar jelly? Yes, these are the noodles I see The noodles are made 100 percent from agar jelly It goes very well with the light chicken Baitan soup On top of that There’s a lot of agar jelly on top of this -It looks healthy -I’ll get you some plates -Look at all of these skinny agar jelly -Yeah Great -Let’s eat. Thank you -Thank you for it I’ve never had ramen with agar jelly before It’s very rare to have that Here it is The noodles are transparent They’re cut in small pieces That’s right. Thank you for it -It’s very smooth -I like the sound it makes It goes down my throat smoothly It’s good. They’re melting a little So the surface is a bit sticky It’s delicious It has a lot of jelly Doesn’t it have a great texture? It’s crunchy Yeah, that’s it It’s heathy, so I can eat a lot without feeling guilty -Here it is -Thank you for waiting -Here it is -The parfait? That’s it

Where’s the jelly? It’s inside, in the middle I see it Look. This is it, right? Yes, that’s the agar jelly You can use it for desserts, too? What a surprise How can I get it out? It’s in this layer Can I take it out? Here I go -Look -Nice A lot of jelly Yeah Can I eat it in one bite? Let’s try It’s good, very jelly-like Let’s try it You’re right It’s a completely different texture It matches with the ice cream When I eat sweet things, I worry about the calories But this is healthy It’s a nice balance Yamaoka’s agar jelly is a registered local trademark brand of Gifu Prefecture Their jelly contains a lot of fibres and low calories. Therefore, it’s healthy It’s now used in various popular products After the meal, they take a hot spring bath which they have been looking forward to (12:00 pm) Hanashiro hot spring is a famous medicine bath that started in the Edo period In the old times when there was an epidemic, many people were healed after taking a hot spring here, according to a legend It warms me up to the core of my body The seventh entry in the guidebook, Hanashiro-Onsen, where they serve agar jelly dishes and hot spring baths are possible -It was a great bath -Right? We’re full, too This is a paradise I think so, too We have three stations left -Let’s get off at the next stop, too -Sure -Let’s do that -Next is Yamaoka -The next one? -Yes, here It sounds like there are only mountains there On the second day, they continue to get off at each station Next, they will go to Yamaoka Station, one stop away Four… three train cars Three of them! That’s quite long -I see many people aboard -Is that a dining car? They’re having lunch -Can’t we go there? -What’s this train? -I’m jealous -Can we get on? It’s me again. Hi there -Is this the fourth time we met? -Maybe What’s that car? That’s our dining car -You have a dining car? -We do Can we go look? Sure Excuse us Hi there -Great -This looks fun -Hi there -Look at them It smells great What are you all eating? Goheimochi Goheimochi! So that’s what I’m smelling Nice, roasted soy sauce smell I want to see it -We already finished -You did? Too bad Akechi Line has a gourmet train car A dining car is attached to the express train where seasonal course meals are served On this day, they had Goheimochi and a lunchbox with seasonal ingredients This looks fun Thank you very much So cute Thank you very much We’re getting off here Thank you very much Thank you very much After spending four minutes together with the lively guests, our duo arrives at Yamaoka Station (Yamaoka Station) -Have a nice trip, everyone -Have a nice trip Thank you very much (1:07 pm) That looked fun Where’s the timetable? Here it is This station is quite new -It looks nice -It does Okay? Now it’s 1:15 pm The next one is at 2:24 pm -So we have about an hour -Yes, about an hour They look for people to enquire Over there Where are you from? Are you from Tokyo? I’m from Hokkaido -Yes -I see

Are you on a trip? I’m the president of the residents association -The president? -Yes -Really? -Yes We want to walk around this town -If that’s the case, you can go there -What’s there? Iwakura Park -Iwakura Park? -Yes Iwakura Park is actually there, you see a fire watchtower, right? Oh, yeah, I see it Below the watchtower, we have a rice field art Rice field art? So we can see from there? -No, not during the winter -I see In spring, we use seven different colours -Of rice plants? -Yes, rice plant colours We then make a design So there’s no rice field art now, but we can see -the entire town from there? -Yes This isn’t really a town -Thank you -Thank you Sorry to bother you Don’t worry, I don’t expect you to pay me to be on TV -Thank you very much -He’ll charge us a lot To be on TV Our duo heads to the observatory platform in the park How should we get up there? Over there? From the right? Why don’t we eat our castella cakes up there? Yeah, let’s do that They walk up the mountain from the park entrance for about five minutes I feel it’s the end of winter as well as the beginning of spring -Here we are -Yeah -I see it -Great Wait Let’s try not to see the scenery until we climb up to the watchtower Sounds good I’m not looking -Just look down at your feet -Okay -Let’s climb up -Okay How’s the scenery? It looks incredible -Amazing -What a wonderful view The journey of enquiry and discovery on Akechi Line Our duo is at the observatory platform near Yamaoka Station How’s the scenery? It looks incredible -Amazing -What a wonderful view We can see the entire town -Right? -Great I can see the train track in the far background We can see the Akechi Line And a river, too -I see a river flowing -Yeah They also do rice field art here Maybe they use the rice field in front of us for that I love this It’s beautiful Rice field art started four years ago as a part of town revitalisation project June is the perfect season to see it, as the rice plants grow Let’s eat the castella cakes -Let’s eat it -Yeah, let’s eat our castella cakes -This looks amazing -It does They bought this at Iwamura Station this morning That looks great It looks good It’s spongy -It’s chewy -Great -You’ve got a big piece -I love sweet stuff This is incredible And this view -It’s amazing -Very good You ate that much just by yourself? I ate a lot I only had a bite There’s not much left now -There’s nothing left -Look You said we’d share -I hear the railway crossing alarm -I hear it, too The train is approaching? Where? Isn’t that it? -That’s it -Here it comes -Here it is -I’m happy we got to see it Here comes the Akechi Line! It’s so cute! -I love the sound -They did that for us They made the sound for us This is such a beautiful view of Yamaoka Town That train was the centre of attention It passed at the perfect timing I’m glad that we got to see it Yay! I’m impressed We’re lucky

The eighth entry in the guidebook, an incredible scenic spot in Iwakura Park I’m full now You ate too much -We have until 5 pm, right? -Right It’s past 2 pm now, so we have less than three hours now What’s next? -Okay -We have two stations left Next is this Noshi and Akechi, so two stations -Two stations left -We’ll get off at Noshi, right? -Definitely -Yeah, let’s get off -Okay, let’s go to Noshi -Let’s do that There are only two stations left now Our duo heads to Noshi, the next stop, just to be safe -Here it is -Yeah -Here’s our train -We saw it from above -Yeah, but it was in a different colour -True Hi there We’re getting close The journey is ending soon We don’t have many stops left now They have found eight entries so far They have two more to go to accomplish their goal There are no houses No There are houses here and there They arrive at Noshi Station in seven minutes, but Not yet This might be a bit tough Are we getting off? What should we do? -We should go to Akechi -You sure? -We’ll get off here? -Will we? -What? -Will we or not? We could keep going -You mean to Akechi? -Yeah -So we won’t get off? -No -We’re not going? -You want to? Should we go? -Are we getting off? -Are we or not? Wait They cannot decide even when the train arrives at the station They decide to get off after all -There’s nothing here? -Nothing -Can I go back in? -This is risky -Can we stay on board? -Sure -Are you sure? -Yeah -Let’s hurry -Okay, sorry They’re so indecisive They pull themselves together and will try to find something at Akechi Station, their final destination (2:31 pm) Will this turn out to be a good call or a bad call? -This is the last time we’re taking this train -You’re right Right? When I thought that, I wanted to stay a bit longer Don’t you feel that way? Well, yes They said that Akechi is the terminal Will the train arrive soon? Akechi, the terminal station There are more houses now Yeah, more houses This will be a lot different We’re arriving. This is a big station It’s the terminal, after all In three minutes, they finally arrive at Akechi Station, the terminal I’m going to miss this Yeah (Akechi Station) -I almost don’t want to get off -Me, either -Thank you very much -Thank you Thank you We’re here We made it -We’re at our destination -We are All right Yeah! Two hours or so left until the time limit Two entries left to find to accomplish the goal There’s a lot going on here -You’re right -What’s this? -It smells great -It’s grilled sweet potatoes They’re grilling them right now Station manager’s sweet potatoes What does that mean? There’s a station manager here? We only saw unmanned stations -Let’s go meet the manager -Sure What? Manager? Excuse me Are you the station manager? -Hello there -How can I help you? Are you the one who’s grilling the sweet potatoes? Yes, that’s me Are you the one grilling them? I just started grilling them, so they are not cooked yet How do you grill them? -Something like this -Do you use kerosene? Well This thing is made of wood -You mean pellet? -Yes, pellet We use that It’s wood powder smashed together You make money from this? -Of course not -Oh, okay The company takes it The company takes the proceeds I see -Hello -Hello

-Manager! -It’ll take another 30 minutes -Another 30 minutes -Unfortunately I see Where did you buy those green onions? Right there -This was 100 yen -That’s so cheap -Welcome -Hi there Welcome Are you going to the town? We are asking for some recommendations around this area -Recommendations? -Yes, from the local residents -How do you get around? -By walking Mitsuhide Akechi is now a big trend Below the store named Romantei over there, they sell various products that are related to Mitsuhide Akechi They’re coming out with new products Romantei is popular now Next year, NHK will broadcast a series about Mitsuhide Akechi -It takes place here? -Yes Anyone from this area? -Come over here -Or can we go in? -Can we go in? Thank you -Sure, come in They will ask for more recommendations What about that old traditional house? -A traditional house? -Yes What about it? -Miyake House -Miyake House? -Yes -What is it? It’s a house where the village headman lived They transferred the house to here They rebuilt the house -Now, it’s a place for us -What do you mean? It’s now a famous attraction of the town I’m sure the person who’s making a fire will explain more to you Making a fire? There’ll be an old man -In the house? -At the gate This is the house They found two recommendations, Romantei with Mitsuhide Akechi products, and the traditional Miyake House They were kind enough to show those spots on the map -Thank you very much -Thank you -Have fun -Bye They first head to Romantei, where they sell Mitsuhide Akechi products -They said it’s called Romantei -They did. Do you see it? -I see it there -Oh, yeah -It looks like a famous place -It’s a big building -This must be Romantei -It’s huge We’ll go get filming permission first -Nobody is here -Why? Hello? On the journey on Akechi Line, our duo visits Romantei at the terminal station We’ll go get filming permission first -Nobody is here -Why? Hello? What did they say? All together now They said, “Okay.” I’m relieved They sell different kinds of souvenirs You’re right Great place to visit They have malted rice Various local products And vegetables, too -Hello -Hello -Hello -Welcome You even have Akechi soy sauce? That’s right -Yeah -We have many Mitsuhide Akechi products -I see -True This is a famous tourist attraction opened in 2016 after a renovation Miso paste produced in Gifu Prefecture, fresh vegetables from farmers, various kinds of souvenirs, are sold along with 1,000 other products There’s also a restaurant attached Their most popular products are products related to Mitsuhide Akechi There are several places believed to be the birthplace of Mitsuhide and Akechi Town in Ena City is one of them In the town, there’s a well that was used for Mitsuhide’s first bath It is believed that he spent the first 30 years of his life in this town NHK will also have a drama series about the life of Mitsuhide next year, so people of the town are very excited -Try that -What is it? It’s called Mitsuhide Tamatebako Mitsuhide Tamatebako? It’s very interesting You open it, and these come out It’s so cute If you put the lid on, you can use it as a small cabinet Isn’t this interesting? Mitsuhide Tamatebako was one of the very first Mitsuhide products that were launched last year Inside, there are speciality local products Here, we have Mitsuhide soy sauce This one We have a package that looks like a fire inspired by Honnoji Incident It’s quite spicy There’s an entire hot pepper mixed in So it’s spicy soy sauce It’s good with tofu or with a hotpot Or you could use it with pickles, too This would be a great gift Isn’t this interesting? It is interesting, but I can’t decide what to get All of these unique Mitsuhide products were invented by Ms Nakamura

who works for the town’s Tourist Division This is a preserved food that was carried by warriors during wars which was reproduced with rice flour They also sell towels and pencils with Akechi family crest as well as Mitsuhide’s lunch It includes croquettes and miso soup made with local products that are very Mitsuhide-like (Bellflower jelly-shaped like the Akechi Family Crest) Here’s their most popular Mitsuhide product -Mitsuhide pudding? -This is it It’s called Mitsuhide Pudding It’s made with ingredients found during Sengoku period It’s soy milk with arrowroot starch, and agar It’s soymilk You can sprinkle soybean flour and molasses to your liking (Mitsuhide pudding 250 yen) -That looks good -Yeah, it does -Can we get this, and eat somewhere? -Sure -Let’s do that -Sure -We’ll take these -Thank you -All of these? -No, just for two -That’s funny -You’re skilled Sorry There are so many things Aren’t they interesting? You say that a lot The way you say it sounds like a TV show You think so? Sure -Thank you very much -Thank you (Store hours 9:00 am – 5:30 pm) Let’s try this Soymilk pudding The soymilk colour It’s called Mitsuhide Pudding, right? -I’ll try it as is first -Go for it Since its launch, more than 2,500 of them were sold It’s very rich Even if you don’t like soymilk, you’d love this It’s not very sweet I like the smell, too I’ll pour this A lot of them Here it is -It’s like agar jelly -Thank you for it -It’s so soft -It is It melted away I didn’t need to bite and it just melted It’s very good with soybean flour and molasses mixed in -I like the texture -Me too The ninth entry in the guidebook, Taisho Romantei with Mitsuhide products Only one entry to go to accomplish the goal (Miyake House) Next, Ms Nakamura showed the two how to get to the old Miyake House Did she say to pass this narrow path? It’s a path from the Taisho period It looks nice -It’s pretty -Is it? It is pretty. Look It’s a straight path Look at this path (Taisho Roji) It’s from a different time period So interesting. So retro Stone pavement continues This is great for a walk The old house that they’re looking for is on the other side of this path This is interesting They continue walking for about 15 minutes -I see it there -There it is -It’s huge -It is I’ve never seen a thatched roof that’s this big There are large trees in the back, too It looks impressive It looks so different It’s huge This is it, the old Miyake House -We’re here -Yes I want to get closer Please ask them for permission Hello They ask for permission to film What did they say? They said, “Okay.” What a relief Hello -Thank you for having us -Thank you It’s so dark It’s dark, but very spacious It’s spacious and has a very high ceiling There’s a massive column It’s all black What’s this house? It was moved here in 1992 From where? In the east side, there’s a district called Baki which is about three to four kilometres away It’s a district This house was moved from there in 1992 It’s an old house of a wealthy farmer from the Edo period It has a Gasho-style thatched roof Having a completely preserved farmer’s house from the time period is quite rare for any part of Japan Local volunteers are managing the house now

What’s that fire place about? Yes, I build fires here -To protect the house -And smoke? There’s a bit of fire left I’ll build a fire for you -Are you sure? -Really? That’d be great Thank you very much -This has such a great atmosphere -I like it What are those you’re holding? Cedar leaves From cedar trees I love this -It’s so warm -It is It feels amazing Right? I love having conversations around a fire Me too When you manage this house, is building a fire part of it? Yes, and opening up the windows That way, we will have fresh air coming through to make sure the house won’t be damaged What do you build the fire for? -The thatched roof -For the roof? To protect the roof from warms Covering it with soot also helps preserving the house longer Soot helps it? Yes, it works as coating It’s coating It protects the house? -That’s right -Building a fire protects the house -Right? -Exactly The 10th entry in the guidebook, Miyake House from the Edo period Now, the goal is accomplished -They’ve found all 10 entries, -How late is it open? so why are they in such a rush? Station manager! -We’re back -We’re back Are the potatoes done? They’re just finished now Great -I’ll give you the best one -Great This one looks great Look at that -Here’s 200 yen -Thank you very much -Thank you very much -Thank you very much Look! (Station manager’s sweet potato, 200 yen) Wow, look at the colour It’s so hot That looks delicious! To our goal Cheers! -So hot -Hot -So sweet -So hot It’s very moist Time flies I had a lot of fun The locals generously shared their spring joys with us For me, I think of trains as something modern But there’s a lot of history to it I felt like I was travelling through time between now and the old times -That’s how I felt about this line -You’re right -Thank you -Thank you -I hope to see you soon -You too Finding new places through new meetings With those many meetings, we made so many warm memories To everyone who helped us on this heartwarming journey, thank you very much!