2016年11月24日

'Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum' in Kobe, run by 'Takenaka Komuten' one of the largest general contractors in Japan, is the one and only museum focusing on carpenter's tools.

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Takenaka Komuten opened a unique museum featuring carpenter's tools in the heart of Kobe in 1984. For this major contractor, born in Nagoya as a group of temple carpenters in 1610, Kobe was a very important city. Because this company used to establish the headquarter in Kobe in the course of growing out of its old style.
As the first museum had become too small to house all the exhibits after 30 years duration, it was relocated to the present site, where the old headquarter building previously stood, in 2014. After passing through the Japanese style gate as shown in the first picture, there are three storied exhibition rooms, where more than 1,000 carpenter's tools, from ancient times up to now, are on display.
The details of the museum building itself are elaborate, traditional craftman's skills are found here and there. The second picture shows the skeleton replica of 'Minoan' tea house of 'Daitokuji Temple' in Kyoto, designated as an important cultural asset. This exhibit shows the structure of the traditional tea house in 'Sukiya Zukuri' style featuring simplicity.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.
通訳案内士 高木聖久

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2016年11月17日

'Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum' and 'Hakutsuru Art Museum' in Higashi-Nada-ku, Kobe, are leading private museums among many ones standing halfway between Osaka and Kobe.

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'Nada' district in Kobe, where many major sake makers are found , is Japan's largest sake brewing zone. Japan's greatest sake maker 'Hakutsuru Brewer' stands in this area, and has long contributed its effort to the promotion of local prosperity particularly in terms of culture, together with other major sake makers.
In other words, in the field of education and art. The first pictures show Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum opened in 1982, focusing on the sake brewing process.
An old factory built in 1910 was converted into this museum with affiliated wooden utensils and fittings to show the traditional process of sake making. The stately building in the third picture is Hakutsuru Art Museum built in 1934, which features the topflight collection of Chinese art.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2016年11月14日

'Ikuta Jinja' Shinto shrine standing in the very heart of Kobe is a legend-rich shrine and the name of Kobe derives from this.

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According to an ancient book in the 9th century, the whole area of present Chuo-ku, Kobe City was the precincts of Ikuta Jinja and was called 'Kanbe'. This old place name Kanbe had gradually changed to Kobe. The Honden main building in the picture was repeatedly damaged by floods, wars and earthquakes for longer than 1,000 years duration, however it was painstakingly reconstructed each time. The neighborhood of this shrine is dotted with many restaurants, bars and shops standing side by side each other, but a thick grove called 'Ikuta-no-Mori' spreads right behind this shrine. This grove is known as ancient battlefields in the 12th and 14th century, as well as a part of the temporary capital 'Fukuhara' in the 12th century. There are several affiliated shrines in this shrine grounds, among which 'Hocho-zuka' memorial mound for knives is found. This was built on behalf of nearby restaurant keepers, and is keeping watch over them for their business prosperities.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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