►The rustic views of Takayama village are still there – four centuries later. The ancestral Takayama village is in the background.
No wonder the mother of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon — Maria Takayama — insisted on being buried in the old Takayama village — when she died in Kanazawa in 1596. The gravesite of Maria Takayama still draws domestic tourists today to the ancestral Takayama Village in Toyono-cho. (Photo from the office of Maria Leona D. Nepomuceno, of the Philippine Department of Tourism-Osaka)
For this commemorative procession during the ‘Ukon Festival’ (Oct. 1, 2017), the villagers wear — NOT everyday street wear – but traditional apparel worn on special occasions.
Commemoration of Ukon’s wedding at the ‘Ukon Festival.’
The terraced paddies of Takayama village at dusk