The topic for today's Weekend Linky Party is Museums/University/Library but I'm going to concentrate mostly on the first part of it.
In Japan, there are many old buildings, many of which are preserved and open to view. I hope you will allow me to count some of these buildings as Museums. They may not be exactly the kind of places that many of you are used to calling Museums, but they do provide a window to the past.
The first card would have been a good entry to last week's topic of Authors, but I forgot that I had the card. A friend sent it to me a few weeks ago and I hadn't had time to scan it before last week. This card shows Aomori-born author Osamu Dazai in front of a museum dedicated to his life. He lived in the town for some of his childhood, and the building was built by his father. This is the Osamu Dazai Memorial Museum.
Below you see a Gotochi Card for Ouchi-Juku in Fukushima. I was actually there this week! The village is nestled near the top of a mountain and due to the remoteness was allowed to remain as it was for centuries. All the buildings have thatched roofs and it is an interesting, if touristy place to visit. There is an actual museum set up there, the Ouchi-Juku Pavilion. This is a rebuilt inn that shows what life was like for visitors and workers alike in olden days. I'm not sure which building it would be on the card, but I'm sure it is in there somewhere!
Another view of the town is below, from a postcard that I sent today!
I hope that you have enjoyed looking at these "museums" as much as I have. Please visit the other members of the Weekend Linky Party and see what great cards they feature.