Monday, December 12, 2011


A view of the Shikoku mountains in the Iya Valley region. Here, the Iya River makes a U-shaped bend in the shape of the character "hi" (ひ) in the hiragana syllabary hence the name "Hinoji." This is a place of steep-walled valleys and rugged mountain ridges, sparsely settled and "wild" in character.

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