Friday, 5 August 2011

A Trip Back In Time

That's how I felt when we arrived Bessho Onsen in Nagano. The hotel that we stayed in and the train station there evoke a kind of feeling of going back to another time in the past. It's quite romantic, that I have to say.
A rotary dial telephone! My dear Son doesn't know how to use them. Do you?
Old magazines and guest books. Flipping through the guest book, I saw entries made in the 1980s there! Wow!
A moss covered waterwheel, spinning ever so slowly.

Along the way to a temple. Old scooter in an alleyway. Why did it feel so nostalgic for me?

And lastly, the almost deserted Bessho Onsen train station.

41 comments:

  1. A blast from the past! I love the beautiful waterwheel :)

    Japan Australia

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  2. I love those kind of places. :-)

    Concerning your son and the phone, this reminds me of a Canadian video (I can't find it anymore) where 6 year olds were presented with such objects (VHS tape, audio tapes, and other objects that were ubiquitous in the 70's and 80's and are now gone). This was very interesting and a good reminder of how those things evolve so fast.

    (there was also another video made by the same people where 90 years old were presented with internet tablets, usb keys and such).

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  3. A rotary dial telephone! Regretted didnt keep our old phone but then Bananaz too young to realise the treasure haha. Yah at times when urgent the rotary dial is so slow need to assist by turning it back with the finger..those were the days nice nostalgic feelings.

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  4. In my country, the Philippines, there's a province called Vigan where old ancestral homes were preserved and converted into hotels for tourists. The contents of the homes were also intact, like some rotary phones, and when we went there last summer, my kids also asked me about those phones and they were also wondering how to use them. Their comment was, "Mom, it takes a lot of effort just to dial a number!"

    I really love places like these, it makes me remember my heritage.

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  5. Love the moss covered waterwheel. Remember those days Mama used the charcoal iron? Have misplaced and dunno where I kept it. Probably gone for good.

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  6. I love the waterwheel. Can I borrow this particular photo and put it in my blog?

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  7. Dial telephone is amazing.I often used it when I was a child.It requires for long time to call.:)

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  8. @Japan Australia,
    Thanks. I do too. :)

    Pity that I dont have a close-up shot of it.

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  9. @David,
    Its nice to be able to visit a place that reminds us of the past or a place that time seemed to stood still. ^^

    That show must be interesting. You mentioning it reminds me of a BBC program where a family was put through a month of going back to the past, starting from the 1950/1960s and change decade each week. It was interesting to see how the kids adapted to the old technology. (and the parents too, for that matter).

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  10. @Bananaz,
    Yalah, who would have think to keep the JT (Jabatan Telekom) dial phone ah? xD Maybe SK did have one in his safekeeping? LOL

    Using that phone, lucky those times phones numbers werent that many. Dial one, wait for the dial to turn all the way up again, the dial another number! Haiz! We die in frustation now if have to do that again! So slow. I never remember peoples phone numbers now. Everything on speed dial. ;p

    Im too young to experience charcoal iron. Hihihi
    You shouldve kept one and use it for decor. xD

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  11. @Pearl,
    Thats good. Its a way for the younger generation to have a glimpse of the past. :)

    Yup, using the old phone - it did take us a long time to dial all the numbers! How did we stay patient? XD

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  12. @clara,
    sure. But dont forget to give a link back and credit. ^^

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  13. @cocomino,
    I did use it a lot too when I was a child. Now, everyhting is on speed dial for me. ;p

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  14. Ha! Your son also might not have heard of "operator" too lah.
    Last time, when you wanted to make international calls, you must talk to Telekom operators first. They then sambung your line.

    1980s entry? When you're still 5 years old huh?!

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  15. @London Caller,
    Hahaha... yeah I remember! Cannot easily call overseas last time (not that I do that anyway). ;p

    Yalar.... means an entry in a book that is more than 30 years old! Still intact and kept in a guest room. Cool or not?

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  16. Wow! Looks haunted here haha!!

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  17. But I think I will love this place! It's quite charming. Well, as long as it is not haunted! : D

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  18. I wonder if I still know how to dial that old phone. Now even worse, using touch screen on my iPhone, pressing a real button on the phone also feel kind of funny to me haha!

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  19. Nice combination with the black and white pictures.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  20. @foong,
    You and your "hantu" XD Yes, charming place. And lucky for me, no supernatural encounters experienced there. ;p

    Oooo now got iPhone, feel weird using phones with keypads ah?

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  21. We had the same phone when we were kids. It looks like a lovely little town.

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  22. @Lisa,
    And our phone was in mustard colour, if I remember correctly. XD

    It is a lovely little town. Quiet and very relaxing. There are plenty of interesting sites to visit there too. I would love to come back and visit someday. :)

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  23. Funny, I like the smell of old books!
    Maybe I should give that guestbook a sniff!

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  24. I know it! I know it! Haha! :D That type of telephone is lovely!!!!!! There was used to be one in my grandma's place! Fun to play with! :D

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  25. @London Caller,
    No smell. I sniffed. xD (Or maybe the smell wasn't that obvious) ^^ kakaka

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  26. @ristinw,
    Yeah, it's fun to play with but annoying when one is in a hurry to make a call. ;p

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  27. Yeah, I heard the Jap actually practice leaving msg or simple comments in some motel or onsen, interesting!

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  28. Haha.. I think we have one of those phones (black color) in the attic! :D I used to love playing with it when I was younger.. Reminds me of old P. Ramlee movie (in 3 Abdul.. LOL)

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  29. Looks like you've done some time traveling. I have not seen a rotary phone in awhile. Having to redial a number was always a hassle. We are so spoiled now with a "redial" button or voice dial.

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  30. this place is charming. reminds me of the 40s jus after the 2nd world war. not seen this type of phone for a long time now

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  31. @Alice,
    Really?

    I thought guest books like that are pretty normal all around the world esp at B&Bs, though haven't seen much of it in Malaysia. :)

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  32. @Bella,
    Yours is black ka? Hahaha ye ye ye. 3 Abdul. Berapa banyak phone Ismet Ulam Raja ye? Hihihi

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  33. @AVCr8teur,
    True. I'd be so impatient to redial nowadays. Dialling or re-dialling now is just a button away. :)

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  34. @Bengbeng,
    And in that time, only the rich can afford a phone. Your family had one ah? Kaya. xD

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  35. They make me very nostalgic feeling. When I was a boy. We could see these things around us.

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  36. @minor,
    Maybe you can visit the place and feel young again. :)

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  37. Really great photos & captions. I did chuckle. Arigatou.

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  38. @Dan
    Good to know I made you chuckle. :)

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