Hi all, today I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful site aimed at introducing people to the wonders and beauty of Japan: Nippon Archives!
As you may or may not have noticed, I have posted the above banner to that site’s Gifu Prefecture feature page on the right-hand menu of this blog. While the site itself is all in Japanese, the small collection of videos featuring Gifu are of exceptional, professional quality and are absolutely gorgeous, allowing them to transcend the language barrier!
Among the several sections of the Nippon Archives site is the 美しき日本 (“Utsukushiki Nippon”), or “Beautiful Japan” section, which aims to introduce people to places and things in Japan that they were previously unfamiliar with.
From the natural scenery of the year’s four seasons to traditional culture, festivals, and more, the archive attempts to unravel the source of Japan’s charm through the power of video. Ultimately, the Nippon Archives were begun with the goals of becoming an entry point through which people can more deeply understand Japan and showcasing places that allow visitors to feel or experience something new and unique.
With regard to Gifu Prefecture, “Beautiful Japan” currently offers three stunning videos, of UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, Ena City and the Iwamura Castle Ruins, and Ena Valley (Ena City). The crystal-clear resolution and vivid colors really give you a sense of the beauty of each of these locales in-person, and I hope that watching them makes you want to visit (even if you have been there before)!!
You can click any of the above screenshots to link to that particular video, and once you are on that site you can also switch between Gifu videos by clicking on any of the three buttons located below the video player.
Well then, happy watching!