Gifu

Mesmerising Gifu  迷惑人心的岐阜

Be seduced by a world of art, history and natural beauty of Central Japan

中部日本的藝術,歷史與自然美的誘惑

When people think of Japan they think Tokyo, Hokkaido, Kyoto and sometimes, of less frequency, Osaka. A large region, right in the centre of Japan, has slipped past the thoughts of many travellers. What Gifu Prefecture offers is a palpable sense of tradition that colours every aspect of its cities, towns and people. Its formidable mountains, gorgeous wheat fields and countless rivers will find its place in a traveller’s heart, and perhaps stay there for the longest time.

當人們想起日本時就會想到東京,北海道,京都以及比較少人想到的大阪。但是旅人們卻錯過了日本中部的一大片區域。岐阜縣提供遊人們一種傳統的臨場感,給那裡的城市,鄉鎮和居民增添了色彩。令人敬畏的山脈,美麗的稻田和無數的河流都會在遊客的心中找到落腳處,或也促使他們逗留得更久。

 

Nakatsugawa City  中津川市

Ji-kabuki is a traditional Japanese dance-drama, which can be found in this city. An amateur version of kabuki, one can catch an intriguing performance of Ji-kabuki at Tokiwa-za theatre house. Amateur actors have performed in this theatre house since 1891, attracting villagers to come—bringing their own futons—during cold winters and warm summers. This performance is easily recognized by the heavily painted faces and exaggerated movements of the actors on stage.

這個城市裡有日本的傳統歌舞劇,叫地芝居歌舞伎,可以在常盤座劇場內觀賞到有趣的業餘歌舞伎表演。業餘演員從1981年起就已經在這個劇場內表演,吸引村民在寒冬與盛夏時帶著自家的蒲團前來觀賞。這種表演很容易從台上演員臉上的濃妝和誇張的動作去分辨出來。

A short distance away, a tall precipitous rock wall hangs near the Osaka Falls, Nakatsugawa City’s notable waterfalls. The rock wall was formed by the solidification of magma that was erupted from the Ontake Mountain thousands of years ago. Now it stands tall and formidable, like a guardian to the gentle waterfalls. Beneath the wall lies a trail that leads one to different routes, which eventually take visitors to a series of waterfalls such as the Mitsudaki, Akaganetoyo and Karatanidaki. The Gandate Park Hiking Trail covers several trails, and is categorized into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. What visitors see at the end, is the rewarding sight of brilliant waterfalls surrounded by strong cliffs.

不遠處靠近大阪瀑布的地方掛了一面高大陡峭的石牆,那是中津川市著名的瀑布。這面石牆是幾千年前從禦嶽山爆發出來的岩漿凝固形成的岩壁,現在它就像這個溫柔的瀑布的守護人,聳立而堅不可摧。石壁下面有一條小徑可通往不同方向,最後會把訪客帶到一系列的瀑布如Mitsudaki,Akaganetoyo和Karatanidaki。巖立自然公園步道的小徑有好多條,分為初級,中級和高級水平。在路的盡頭,訪客會看到被堅固懸崖包圍住的壯觀瀑布,很值得一看。

 

Shirakawa-go  白川村

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a breathtaking scene in Ono District. As if pulled out from a postcard, neat and delicate wooden houses stand alongside green pastures, seemingly undisturbed by the current world’s turmoil of political instability and natural disasters. These wooded houses are called the Gassho-style houses, with its characteristic large thatched gable roof, built with dense layering of straw to a thickness of a metre. The construction of the house, including the roof, does not involve a single nail. Bound by ropes and tree barks, it is built in a way that would sway along with the wind but never collapses. These traditional houses are spread across Shirakawa-go, and one is able to spend a quiet afternoon here to enjoy its serene surroundings and appreciate the architectures that are so cleverly constructed.

這個聯合國教科文組織的世界遺產在小野區裡是一個令人屏息的地方,整潔又精緻的木屋建在綠茵之中,似乎不受到動盪不安的世界局勢和自然災害所干擾,彷彿是從明信片中脫穎而出。這些木屋叫Gassho-zukuri–合掌式房屋,特點是很大的坡狀牆屋頂,用厚達一米的稻草緊密重疊編制而成,而且,整個房子的建造,包括屋頂沒動用到任何一根鐵釘。由於是用繩索和樹皮來捆綁,房子可以隨風搖擺但從來都不倒塌。這類傳統房屋都散佈在白川村,每個人都可以在這裡度過一個寧靜的下午享受清幽的環境,欣賞如此巧妙的建築結構。

 

Hida City  飛騨市

The best way to enjoy Hida City is by cycling. Hida Satoyama Cycling Store is located in Hida Furukawa, and it offers good quality bicycles and experienced guides. Cycling through Hida City is a pleasant experience, regardless of seasons. Quaint shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, confectionary shops, rice stores stand along the street, all full of colours, contrasts and telling details. Ride pass wheat fields that stretch far beyond one’s sight, its wheat waiting to be harvested and made into delicious soba. Tomato farms and rice fields are common sights here. It is the perfect place for fans of rustic countryside and photography enthusiasts who appreciate nature as much as a simple bowl of soba.

享受飛騨市最好的方式就是騎自行車,飛驒佐藤小自行車店就位於飛驒古川,提供優質腳踏車和經驗豐富的導遊。在飛驒市裡騎腳踏車不論季節都是愉快的經驗,街道兩旁有古色古香的商店,咖啡廳,餐廳,酒吧,糕餅店,米店,都色彩繽紛,對比強烈,細節生動。在一望無際的稻田裡呼嘯而過,一邊觀賞等待收成的小麥準備製成可口的蕎麥麵,而番茄園和稻田在這裡舉目可見。對那些喜歡淳樸鄉村和攝影愛好者來說,這是個欣賞自然風光和品嚐一碗蕎麥麵的理想場所。

 

Gifu City  岐阜市

Cormorant fishing is a traditional and important culture in Gifu City. A respectable occupation sees only a few eligible fishermen become a cormorant fisherman. Using a cormorant, fishermen hunt for fishes along Nagara River.

鸕鶿捕魚是岐阜市傳統和重要的文化,而且是個受到尊敬的行業,只有少數合格的漁民可以成為鸕鶿漁夫,漁民們就在長良川上用鸕鶿捕魚。

Excellent fishermen themselves, the cormorants bob up and down the water, each time swallowing a couple of fishes and store it in their throats. The cormorant fishermen then extract the fishes by squeezing it out of the cormorant’s elastic throat. Visitors can watch cormorant fishing in action at an event called Ukai, from mid-May until October on selected evenings.

這些鸕鶿本身就是優秀的漁夫,每次下水再上船都吞進了幾條魚收在脖子裡,鸕鶿漁民就擠壓牠們的彈性脖子拿出魚兒。訪客們可以在一個叫Ukai-鵜飼的節日中觀賞這種鸕鶿捕魚的表演,在五月中到十月的晚上擇日舉辦。

Take a ride up Mount Kinka to the Gifu Castle, where one is able to view the landscape of the entire city. Gifu Castle, one of the main symbols of the city, was built in the 1200s by the Nikaido clan. Inside, a three-floor exhibition where the castle’s history, weapons and other artefacts are on display.

乘車到金華山頂上的岐阜堡就可以觀賞整個城市的地貌,岐阜堡是這個城市的主要標誌之一,由二階堂氏家族在13世紀建成,裡面有三層樓的展廳,展示了古堡的歷史,武器和其他文物。

 

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Source > The Travel Times Newsletter  旅遊時光報

Translated by > BlogHost

Word Count > approx. 700 words in English

 

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