Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Up in the mountains not far from here is the Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Site, and the village of Omori is a large part of it.
Pretty much just one long street in the narrow valley below the mine, Omori is where the samurai, bureaucrats, and merchants lived.
The slaves who worked and died in the mine lived in hovels up on the mountain.
Omori is a pretty good showcase of Edo Period buildings, most of which have been restored, and to make it pretty for the throngs of tourists many property owners put small displays of flowers in front of their properties.
All these photos were taken in a one hour walk along the main street one day in May.
They are real flowers, not plastic. You need to check. I was very impressed with the flowers at Mitaki Dera until I looked closely and saw they were plastic.