|Funky country train ride, with a view of mountains and rice paddies.|
John's collaboration with Akita International University involves issues surrounding declining rural communities. It would appear that rural communities in Oregon face some of the identical problems.
|This is fellow-collaborator Kate, standing next to a giant paper mache explosive in a tiny fireworks shop.|
|These are ladies at a community center; they meet to share recipes and write a cookbook together.|
|These guys are hunted by the locals. All body parts have uses, but the gall bladder is especially prized as a cure for hangovers. Apparently just a little dab will do.|
Hillside cemeteries were a common sight.
Gorgeous (and expensive) thin wooden kitchen implements are made from Akita cedar.
We went to a small sake brewery & I was taken by some tools on the wall.
We visited an agricultural co-op. This worker is 70 years old.
Fava beans, ready to be shipped, at my feet. So tidy.
|At a hillside Shinto shrine in the countryside|
Every bundle is a thousand cranes.
|Also at the shrine|
|Stone sculptures honoring the dead|
Shrines and temples in Japan are just so beautiful. It was hard to stop photographing them.