I’m in one of those dreamer-type moods. Maybe it’s because it’s past midnight. Anyway…
Someday…someday I’d like to travel here.
This is the small village that my MC Naomi is taken to in The Scarlet Daughter. I’m not sure if the river was lined with the cherry trees back in 1890, but it definitely had the cherry blossom line streets like this picture below shows:
The trees are a few hundred years old and the streets are set up in the former samurai quarter as they would’ve been when Naomi arrived. Of course it probably wasn’t paved and there probably weren’t as many people as this was a remote village, but it would’ve looked very similar.
And the houses of course, which would be similar to the one she was brought to:
Since I can’t make it there any time soon, I’ll have to console myself with pictures online. Ah, the wonders of the internet!
Of course I can’t forget the village I’ve used as inspiration for Miyuki’s home in Lady of the Snow.
The villages of Shirakawa-go in Gifu prefecture are still very remote today. Back in the 18th century, in the winter, they would’ve been cut off from the world until spring.
Seeing this picture below, it’s no wonder:
It’s pretty easy to picture her living in a village like this, with the steep roofs that are said to resemble praying hands. The roof style is unique to the area because of the amount of snow; villagers quickly learned the necessity of making a house like that.
Even in the springtime the character of the old village isn’t lost:
Someday…someday I’ll visit both these places. The inspiration for my book’s settings.
Now I’ll just have to dream about being there 🙂
This is why I could never come up with a fantasy world–there are too many places in the real world that are more beautiful than I could imagine.