Hydrangeas in Miyama
The summer monsoon (aka "the rainy season" or "tsuyu") officially started in Kyoto yesterday (Sunday, June 5th), so it won't be long until hydrangeas reach their peak. The photo for today's blog is another one I took in Miyama-Kayabuki-no-Sato during the summer monsoon of 2014. I like this photo because not only does it have hydrangeas but also the Kayabuki (thatched roof houses) the area is famous for.
The thatched roof houses of the Miyama area are of a different design to the those found in Gifu and Toyama, which are known as Gasho-zukuri (praying hands houses). However, the roofs of both the Kayabuki and the Gasho-zukuri serve the same purpose and that is to prevent a build up of the wet heavy snow that that occurs in all of these locations. Without this kind of steep roof, the weight of the snow can crush houses.
When visiting Miyama be sure to try the local sweet river fish known as "ayu", especially good served with hot soba noddles. Another local product I always want to eat in Miyama is the famous Miyama soft serve ice cream, which is made from local milk. However, I'm not sure where the diaries are, because I've never seen any cows near the village or even along the 23km route from Hiyoshi.
See my previous BLOG "Hydrangeas and Traditional House" for detailed transport information on how to get to Miyama-Kayabuki-no-Sato.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2 lens. The following edits where applied to the image in DxO Optics Pro: Default camera and lens corrections; DxO Smart Lighting (25%); DxO ClearView (50%); Contrast (+25%); and Microcontrast (+25%).
P.S. Shout to my fellow smugmuggers, has anyone tried DxO Optics Pro version 11? Is it worth the cost of upgrading from version 10?