Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken in the Kuragano town near Takasaki of Gumma Prefecture in winter of three years ago. Kuragano is the town where the Edo period prospered as the inn town in Nakasendō, and an important place of land and water. It was a relay point which uses Karasu river of the Tone River system, carries rice collected as land tax, lumber, a soybean, silk, etc. to Edo from this riverbank, and carries salt, tea, etc. with a flat boat from Edo, and it carries to Gumma, Nagano, and Niigata. I got down from the JR station and came out to old Nakasendō at the lower left of a photograph. From there, I went to the Kuragano green tract of land. From here, Mount Asama covered with snow in the distance rose high over it beautifully as seen lower center of photograph. For a while, I walked the pastoral land (photograph:upper left) along Karasu river. Rice reaping is already finished, and vegetables such as a Welsh onion had grown into some places in the agricultural field (photograph:upper right). From here, the inside of Takasaki could be seen in the distance. When this pastoral land was passed, I appeared in the wide street. An elderly gentleman spoke to me at street when I'm walking the street. He seems to notice that I hang a camera. I did the light chat with him. Seemingly he is a man who was doing the cameraman's work when young and who changed his house around here now. He kindly guided me to the natural woodland in the reverse side of street. At there, I saw many Trichosanthes cucumeroides (Karasuuri) which had the red fruit (photograph:lower right).

The Nakasendō:
The Nakasendō was one of the five routes of the Edo period, and one of the two that connected Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Kyoto in Japan. There were 69 stations between Edo and Kyoto, crossing through Musashi, Kōzuke, Shinano, Mino and Ōmi provinces. In addition to Tokyo and Kyoto, the Nakasendō runs through the modern-day prefectures of Saitama, Gunma, Nagano, Gifu and Shiga, with a total distance of approximately 534 km.

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