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Sunday, September 24, 2017

The temple of Hase was built during the the Hei'an period right outside the Yamato, in the "less civilized" Uda region, to provide the court nobles with a relatively near yet secluded "vacation resort" of the times.

As nobles moved with their escorts and servants, this created immediately the need for an infrastructure of services that the local people of the town in Uda was eager to provide. The temple complex created a small but rich set of satellite activities hosted in the otherwise hostile valley behind the Miwa mount. The Hase village still lives of the tourism and pilgrimage activity generated by the temple and the nearby shrines, and the micro-shops grabbing on the narrow valley sides must look much alike they looked like one thousand years ago:

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