This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Little Kyoto Vol1

Mio’s next journey took her to Johana, known as the “Little Kyoto” of Nanto City in Toyama Prefecture. Johana is famous for its traditional charm and cultural heritage.

Upon arriving in Johana, Mio first explored the old town area. The traditional wooden buildings and narrow streets gave the town a nostalgic feel. As she walked through the historical streets, she learned about Johana’s significance as a cultural center during the Edo period.

Next, Mio visited Zuisenji Temple, one of Johana’s most famous temples. The beautiful gardens and tranquil atmosphere of the temple provided a peaceful retreat. She admired the intricate architecture and historical artifacts, learning about Johana’s rich spiritual heritage through the temple’s exhibits.

After that, Mio visited the Johana Hikiyama Kaikan. This museum showcases the floats and other artifacts used in the annual Johana Hikiyama Festival. Mio was fascinated by the elaborate designs of the festival floats and the vibrant cultural traditions associated with the festival.

Furthermore, Mio explored the Johana Machiya Street. This street is lined with traditional townhouses, and she visited well-preserved houses to learn about the lives and crafts of the people from that era. She was impressed by the craftsmanship and attention to detail in the townhouses.

Throughout her visit, Mio was captivated by the history, culture, and natural beauty of Johana. The town’s traditional architecture, lively festivals, and serene temples left a deep impression on her. This journey deepened her understanding of Japan’s cultural diversity and inspired her future artistic projects.

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