|Reconstructed Imperial Gatehouse|
|Traditional house interior|
|erstwhile modern kitchen|
I might not have considered trekking the distance from our downtownish B&B to the Palace site if I had not been alerted to the scale and importance of the UNESCO world heritage site by a energetic pair of globetrotting Canadian ladies.
My firsthand experience with the Nara Palace Historical Park is that it is long term project that is comparable to the ambitions embarked upon by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, multiphase project to reinterpret the past in terms of material culture and traditional skills. The area that is referred to as the Heijo Palace Site is so large that a railway line cuts across it. A museum is located at the main entrance helps visitors understand what they are about to see while wandering over the still mostly empty landscape.
|Map of the historic landscape|
|Interactive Joinery display|
One of the Canadian ladies who has also written on her weblog about their travels through Japan and Nara shared with me the photos that she took on the previous day.
|Foundation and covered construction site|
|workman with adze|
|Movable workspace covering|
|Completed Audience hall|
|Audience Hall interior|
|Audience Hall closeup|
|Historic plinths and elevated foundations|
|Reconstructed rammed earth perimeter wall and gateway|
|Reconstructed secondary buildings|
|Ridgebeam and rafters|
|Eave detail of reconstructed secondary buildings|
|Whichever direction leads to the destination|
|Campers on the bank of the Nunobiki stream passing under the Shiinkansen viaduct at the Kobe station|
|Adult class in progress|
|Junior level projects|
|Reproduction teahouse wall section|
|Bellows and forge|
|Files and scrapers|
|Imported tools, too!|
|Layout and marking tools|
|No nails in Japanese carpentry. Never|
And of course lots of tools.
|Riving timber with gluts|
And how tools get used and a few interactive displays.
|Dougong roof display|
I was only disappointed by the lack of an English version of their museum book.
|Mugged in Nara by Sika|