Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Fire buckets in Gujo-Hachiman

fire buckets in old, Japanese town Gujo-hachiman

fire alarm bell in old, Japanese town Gujo-hachiman

The risk of fire in old Japanese towns with mainly wooden houses like Gujo-Hachiman is considerable and always present. As a precaution, around the town wells each family keeps fire buckets to be able to quickly extinguish any starting fire. At strategic corners in the neighbourhood, bells are mounted at corners so that the alarm can be raised quickly.

Camera: Pentax MZ-S, lens: Sigma 28-300mm - 1:3.5-6.3