Kitayama, Kyoto, Japan

Kitayama are the north mountains of Kyoto. Kitayama Sugi (cedar) is used for traditional Japanese teahouse and tearoom construction and the tokonoma alcove’s main column is usually Kitayama cedar. Kitayama Sugi is raised and processed based on the aesthetic ideals of tea master Sen-no-rikyu. Kitayama, Kyoto, Japan

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Mitake, Mie, Japan

Mitake (三多気) is a tiny village on a mountain near the border of Nara, located within the Tsu outlands, that is well-known throughout the prefecture for being beautiful during the cherry blossom season. There are a lot of cherry blossoms scattered all over the Mitake area, with arguably the most picturesque being a hilly area with a mixture of tiered rice fields and yama zakura trees. There are some buildings and a small temple in the area as well.

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25 Magical Cottages Taken Straight From A Fairy Tale

It’s often said that home is where the heart is, but I’m sure that most of us would easily fall in love with these fairytale cottages and leave our old homes behind in a heartbeat.

What goes in to making a fairytale cottage? First of all, it’s clear that you need a rural setting, preferably a forest with witches and wolves or fairies and elves hiding behind every tree and rock.In fact they might as well have been taken directly off the pages of a The Brothers Grimm book, they are so true to the magical realms they are created after.

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