Listen to the voice of nature at fairy tale village, Tono, Japan

Tono is fairy tale village.

Tono is fairy tale village.

After long and happy dinner with farmer’s family, I don’t remember what we talked and we almost lost track of time  in the dining room firewood burning so slowly. Fireplace keeps the entire thatched roof house warm whole day and night, big the 200-year history residence.
I think I was right to choose the Framers house stay not regular hotel.

house-made vegetable dish.

Mainly vegetable dishes are clean and fresh.

All food mainly vegetable was light-seasoning and elegant. Food was so friendly to my stomach tired with long flight, rail, car and irregular time eating of dinning-out.  I was surprised at the rice is served in Ohitsu, rice container made japanese ceder wood.
This wood rice jar is so traditional and appeared at end of dinner with miso soup with vegetable.  When I eat rice, I smell the ceder tree scent a little.

Ohitsu, Ceder wood Rice container

I heard the old wall clock struck ten.
During farmer’s family washing dishes, I was advised to take bath in  the authentic Japanese bathtub made of Japanese ceder tree.
The bathtub was filled with hot spring water  and smell peace of mind wood aroma. I was relaxed in deep  and trying hard not to nap.

Probably half hour past in the bath, house became tranquil.  The sound of wind came to my ear, wind sound like flowing mountain-top to bottom of this village.
Wind  was telling me not to nap, not to cool my body, leave bathroom and sleep well in the winter futon.

Following the voice of nature, I left bath to the soft, clean and warm futon, I start sleeping instantly.
At midnight, I woke up  with stronger sound of wind, but warm futon lured me back to sleep soon.

Cloudy morning sky at winter Tono village.

Tohoku, northern japan is winter district. Winter days sky is almost cloudy. Waiting for spring !

Next morning I opened my eyes early and left lovely futon and depart for rambling.
I opened the wood sliding door softly not to wake them up. And I looked up the sky.
Above the thick cloud, sunshine showed lights.

Tono village, Japan

Still cold but trees are ready for spring.

waiting for bloom

Early spring flower buds

farmers road to mountain

Small road to mountain. Last night strong wind took this route.

small shrine near farmers house

Even small village, you will find easy the red torii.

Around a hour, I walked around the house.
I sayed Ohayou-gozaimasu, good morning to early birds.
I was so happy.

farmers house in Tono village

Available to stay at Authentic Japanese Farmers House (roof is covered by tin-plates, but thatched-roof inside)

If you departed Tokyo at late morning by Tohoku Shinkansen, arrived Shin-Hanamaki Station at late lunchtime.
Rented a small car with english-speaking rent-a-car at Shin-Hanamaki Station, enjoyed about 1 hour ride to Tono, the village of folktale,
famous for Tono-monogatari (Folk Tales in Tono). Your smartphone tells you the traffic information you may need.
This kominka house is  for experience and learn the rural life not for commercial stay.
This house is located in the mountain area around half hour ride from JR Tono Station.



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