There aren't too many places left in Japan where one can step back in time and literally feel what it was like to live in these exciting yet dangerous times in Japan where the Samurai yielded ultimate power and demanded total respect. The houses are basic and it is evident that living was quite antiquated and very traditional. The kitchen too was very rudimentary and of course a lot on ingenuity was needed to cook and prepare the food for the huge number of immediate family as well as extended family, guest and of course acquaintances that visited the house every now and then.
The canal was used by all of the district and the water source was controlled and looked after communally. A great example of group dynamics where everyone within the community helped each other unlike today's society that is built on greed, destroying the natural resources around us and lacking compassion of our fellow man. Sometimes i think it wouldn't have been too bad to live in these feudal times especially when comparing to the issues that we face today.
Check out the Shimabara Samurai Street Nagasaki on a map:
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|A restored Samurai House|
|Traditional Samurai setting|
|Natural Spring water running the length of the street|