Updated on 5 Oct, 2007
Excursion, banquet, and welcom reception are included in the registration fee.
|We are suggesting three impressive excursion programs
in the afternoon of October 31, Wednesday. Please apply your priority of 1 to 3 on your registration form. We will try to meet your preference. If an applied number is small to arrange a bus tour, its program will be canceled by the secretariat.
Ainokura "Gassho" (thatched gable roof)-style House Community
|As a community of over twenty households in Taira Village, Ainokura features its architectural structure known as "Gassho-zukuri" (a house with a thatched gable roof, so named because of its shape resembling hands clasped in prayer: "gassho"), steeply sloping at an angle of 60 degrees for protection against heavy snowfall in winter. The village community of these "Gassho-zukuri" houses was recognized for its historic value by the World Heritage Committee and added to the World Heritage List in 1995. The seasonal lifestyle of the households in this community remains unchanged from old times, allowing visitors to time-travel into the past.|
|Iwase Family residence|
|The Iwase Family residence was built about 300 years ago during the Edo period (1600-1868) by Fujii Chouemon, the head master of a powerful family who was entrusted by the Kaga clan to manage "ensho" (gunpowder material) produced in the area. This house's feature is its "Gassho-zukuri" (steep sloping gable roof) architecture, the largest of its style in the "Gokayama" district. With a large family of as many as 35 persons living in it at that time, this house also served as a place for manufacturing "ensho" (gunpowder mataerial) in the summer and "washi" (traditional Japanese paper) in the winter. Entirely constructed of "keyaki" (zelkova known as construction material of excellent surface beauty, strength, fine grain and durability), the house has various rooms including a "shoin-no-ma" (drawing room with an alcove) designed to receive officials from the Kaga clan.|
| Eiheiji, the "temple of
eternal peace" is one of Soto Zen's two head
temples. It is located deep in the mountains near the
rugged west coast of Japan, not far from Fukui City.
Dogen zenji, the founder of Eiheiji, was born in 1200 A.D. When he was 24, he went to China and devoted himself to true Zen practice under the strict guidance of Nyojo zenji at Mt.tendo. After having "dropped off both body and mind, "realizing the way of the Buddha, he returned home in 1228. He lived at Kenninji temple for 3 yers, then founded his first temple, Kosho-Horinji, in Uji, Kyoto.
In 1244 Dogen zenji and his followers visited Shii-no-sho in Echizen (now Fukui prefecture) to build a mountain temple. He was offered land and other help for this by Yoshisige Hatano, a samurai who was one of his most devoted lay followers. Dogen thus founded Eiheiji, where he devoted himself to training his followers in the perfection of Zen practice in every action of daily life.
He died on September 29, 1253, leaving a number of noted books including the Shobogenzo, Gakudo Yojinshu, and Eihei Dai Shingi.
Dogen zenji's authentic Zen has been scrupulously observed by his successors. Even today, both priests and lay people devote themselves to his practice of Shikan-taza ("just sitting").
|Noto Peninsula Quasi-National Park|
|This gently curving peninsula has 2 different faces. The outer seashore on the northwest side of Noto is characterized by spectacular rock formations made by wave erosion, while submerged shorelines can be seen on the inner (southeast) side. The rural scenery, old buildings, and unique festivals in Noto still preserves and maintains a traditional Japanese atmosphere which can be found nowhere else in Japan today.|
|Noto Kongo (Togi)|
|This beautiful stretch of coastline is sometimes described as male, because of its rugged, masculine cliffs and rock formations, and its fierce ocean waves. The name Kongo comes from a similarly beautiful and admired coastline in Korea. The Ganmon and Seki-no-hana rock formations are of particular interest.|
|Myoujoji temple (Hakui)|
|Most of the buildings in the precinct were made by the 3rd feudal lord Maeda, for his mother. Some of the buildings are designated as an important cultural property. The 5-story pagoda is the most famous among all the others in this temple and can be seen from a distance.|
|Chirihama Beach Drive (Nagisa Driveway) (Hakui)|
|Along the coast of the Noto Peninsula are many lovely beaches, and for the eight kilometers between Hakui and Oshimizu, the sand is so fine and so packed down that when it is damp even large buses can safely drive along it. Experience the thrill of speeding along the beach within meters of the waves, and enjoy the vibrant glowing sunsets.|