Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Old Man and the Log

I'm so sorry that it's taking me so long to upload these pictures!! I think that this was the first building that we went into at the Hida Village. The old man in the picture on the left is splitting logs to make into shingles (the shingles are in the photo on the right). You can see that he's drying the logs over a fire in front of him before splitting them. This guy was a master, too. He seemed to be deaf as a doornail, but managed to communicate that he was eighty years old and had been doing this for sixty-some years. Wow! There was a newspaper picture of him on the wall (you can see it in the left corner behind the standing man) doing the same thing when the emperor and empress visited back in 1991 or so.



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