2016年07月27日

'Uradome' sawtooth coast in the east of Tottori Prefecture, running for 15 kilometers from east to west, is a part of 'Sanin Kaigan' National Park.

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Sanin Kaigan National Park lies along the long coast line all the way from Kyoto Prefecture to Shimane Prefecture. This beautiful coast line is technically called a rias coast, which means sawtooth coast made up of sheer cliffs, reefs and caves. The angry waves and prevailing winds in winter have long formed this unique geographical feature. This coast was designated as a protected geologic formation in the 1930s, as it had been widely known as one of the most beautiful scenic spots since old days.
The transportation convenience is poor though, the nature trail is running along the coast line and the excursion boat is periodically in operation.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 13:54 | Chugoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2016年07月22日

'Tottori Sakyu' in Tottori Prefecture, lying along the coast of the Japan Sea, is one of the largest sand dunes in Japan.

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This sand dune has been created by the combination of the tide running toward the coast line with the sand on the seabed and the prevailing wind drifting the sand accumulated along the beach to further inland. 16 kilometers from east to west, 2.4 kilometers from north to south and the maximum difference of altitude is 90 meters. There run three ridges parallel along the coast, and a small grass area with springs is found in the bottom of this sand dune. As the locals in this neighborhood are growing 'rakkyo' scallions and yams, windbreaks are planted to prevent the sand dune from expanding though, the sand area is gradually growing recently. Making the most of the strong wind from the sea and the big difference of altitude, young people go hang gliding as well as paragliding. In addition, camels for riding are in service for the sightseers who want to feel as if they were in the Gobi Desert in Central Asia.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 15:55 | Chugoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2016年07月13日

'Tomioka Silk Mill' in Gunma Prefecture, built in 1872, was Japan's first full-scale mechanized silk reeling factory.

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Sericulture had long been Japan's traditional industry, however the quality was not good enough to export in the feudal years. The new government after Tokugawa feudal era implemented Japan's modernization in various fields late in the 19th century. The sericulture was appointed one of the most important key industries. Tomioka Silk Mill, built in 1872 following French technology, was a government-controlled model enterprise for silk manufacturing. Many elite female workers from educated families all over Japan gathered here to study the advanced techniques, and they made a great contribution to disseminate the results throughout the country after returning to their home towns. Japan's silk production exceeded China in 1909 to become No.1. This factory was privatized thereafter, and came to an end in 1987. As the original buildings built in 1872 remain almost intact, some of them are designated as national treasures and important cultural assets. The entire grounds of this factory and its related facilities are on the World Heritage List.
*The first picture shows one of the warehouses for dried cocoons.
*The second picture shows 'Arafune Fuketsu' natural fridge, which was used to slow down the growth of silk worms in order to get silk thread from cocoons several times a year.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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