2017年05月22日

'Seikan Renrakusen' meaning the railway ferry operating on the Tsugaru Strait between Aomori City and Hakodate City discontinued its navigation in 1988.

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Seikan Renrakusen connecting Honshu main island and Hokkaido island went into service in 1908. It reached the golden age in 1972 making 30 round-trips a day though, the number of passengers and the quantity of freight gradually deceased thereafter due to the development of air transportation as well as the long distant ferry from Tokyo direct to Hokkaido. The completion of the 'Seikan Tunnel' running between the two islands terminated 80 year old Seikan Renrakusen in 1988. Two ferryboats are preserved for display purpose in Aomori Port and Hakodate Port respectively. The two pictures show the maneuvering room and freight room for railway vehicles of 'Hakkoda-Maru' ferryboat open to the public in Aomori Port.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:38 | Tohoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2017年05月18日

'Namahage' means a traditional event which is found in 'Oga' region in Akita Prefecture.

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On December 31th every year, the young men over the 'Oga Peninsla' in Akita Prefecture, wearing a monster mask and straw clothes, visit the local familes to exorcise an evil spirit. Being regarded as a mesengers, they enter the houses of the villagers with a big fake nife or hatchet in their hand. The locals dress up to meet them to apologize for their family members' wrongdoing of the year. The young men with the mask are well treated even with 'Sake' rice wine. This unique annual event is also regarded as an educational method for little children of disobedience, as this event is a very fear experience for them. Namahage is widely known all over Japan as a leading event in Akita Prefecture. The picture shows the example of verious kinds of the masks and straw clothes, which are on display at ' Namahage Museum' in Oga Penisula. The masks are slightly different from village to village.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:09 | Tohoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2017年05月04日

‘Nunobiki’ water reservoir, built in 1900, is the first reservoir in Kobe.

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Nunobiki water reservoir is Japan’s first gravity dam. As Kobe was rapidly modernized with increasing population and the number of foreign ships entering Kobe Port, providing safe and clean water for them was a matter of urgency. An outbreak of cholera from 1890 to 1891, more than 1,000 people in Kobe died of this, made the construction work faster to complete the reservoir in 1900. The clean water filtered through the granite soil of Mt. Rokko was highly evaluated as ‘Not becoming foul even during a long cruise right on the equator’ In this connection, ‘Sake’ in ‘Nada’, which is a leading sake production center in Japan, is produced with the same water from Mt. Rokko. After ascending the promenade at the foot of Mt. Rokko on the north side of Shin-Kobe Station of ‘Shinkansen’ train, the mountain stream and waterfalls as shown in the two pictures come into our sight. Old waterworks of Nunobiki reservoir are designated as important cultural assets.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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