No, sorry, it’s not Doctor Who (there’ll be a few of those later, and there’s a Dalegg on the site already). This journey back in time was made by my Dad, back in 1998, when he travelled to Shirakawa-go, a historic village in Gifu prefecture, Japan.
**I’m posting one of Dad’s eggs today because it’s his birthday. Happy birthday, Dad!**
Shirakawa-go was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. As a lovely coincidence, in 2013 my daughter, Beth, ended up living just around the corner in Hida-Takayama, for her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student (a great eggsperience!).
The village is made up of gasshō-zukuri style houses. According to Japan Guide:
Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer”, as the farmhouses’ steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer.
As he travelled, he wrote letters to all of us back at home, sharing his fascinating tales. He’s a wonderful storyteller. When he got back he collected them all back from us – instant diary!