Why was a fountain village built in Japan (4 photos + 1 video)

16 May 2024

Not a fountain statue, don't be confused. This is an entire fountain village in Japan called Miyama, where there is no escape from the jets of water. It will pour and wet everyone. And why do this at all, what kind of strange water park is this?





This is actually a very ingenious method of protecting a historical village. Surely you know that in medieval Japan, ordinary poor people covered the roofs of their houses with sheaves of straw.

And in order to preserve it in its original form for history, they tried a lot of different fire systems. But straw literally burns like a match, and if houses are located nearby, then such villages burn out literally in an hour.



The only way to protect such a densely built village was to install sprinklers in literally every corner of the village.

In total, the village in Kayabuki no Sato has 40 ancient houses, which attracts a lot of tourists from all over Japan all year round (especially in summer). Here one house has even been converted into an old hotel, if you come from afar.

Turning an entire village into a fountain is quite an expensive thing. They really didn’t want to introduce her; there was no money. But in 2000, the archival center here burned down in a fire. It turned out to be more expensive to restore the archive center...



Take a closer look at how huge the roofs are, and they are all made simply from dry straw!

So, after spending twice, 62 sprinklers were built into the village - along the edges and in every sensitive point of the village. Their location was specially calculated so that LITERALLY EVERYTHING would get wet. That is, there is no hiding from the water between the streams.

Is it possible to take a walk in the fountain town?

Twice a year open testing of the fire system is carried out. In October and May, all sprinklers are turned on at once. Jets of water soar into the air above the rooftops, turning the city into a huge fountain; there is no such complex in size even in Peterhof.





In general, the village is surrounded by greenery and stands next to a forest, historical films should be shot in it, it’s beautiful

People from all over the country come to see it. Therefore, very quickly a simple check turned into another local festival. The Japanese simply love festivals; they turn any event into one.

One of my favorites is when they set the mountain on fire and watch it burn to the top in the dark. In general, if you travel around Japan, you can go from festival to festival and spend a whole year without rest.



Of course, next to the traditional village there are traditional rice fields - everything is authentic

It’s amazing how the Japanese, with their pace of life, still have time to come and take a look at them.

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