Takayama Jinya Photo Drift

Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya

Despite its current incarnation as a calm, ascetic, not to say meditative museum and architectural landmark in the tourist mecca of Takayama, back in the day (like, the 17th century) Takayama Jinya served as an outpost of the Tokugawa shogunate in distant Edo. Apparently, the locals had prospered on the local timber trade as well as mining, and the government wanted to make sure it got its cut.
The governor’s office was in use until 1969: almost 400 years, if you’re counting. Today the building is open to the public – a ten minute walk from Takayama Station. As you can see in the pictures below, Takayama Jinya does a good job of presenting a tranquil face with its gravel gardens, tatami reed mat floors, sliding doors, and open views. Apparently there is also an interrogation room, but we were on a school trip and didn’t want things to turn morbid…

Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya

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