2016年02月05日

'Uchiko', located 40 kilometers in the southwest of Matsuyama City, a prefectural capital of Ehime Prefecture, is known for the old townscape flourished as 'mokuro' Japan wax production and trading center.

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Japanese candles had been indispensable until electric lights appeared late in the 19th century. The main material of Japanese candles is wax tree nuts in the western part of Japan, or varnish tree nuts in the eastern part of Japan. Compared with Western candles made from paraffin, Japanese candles are inferior to them brightness wise, but Japanese traditional candles are still used mainly for family alters in Japan because of less soot and beautiful orange flames with flickers.
Uchiko in the picture was one of the major production as well as trading centers of wax tree nuts for Japanese candles. The main old road running for 600 meters is flanked with well preserved buildings with white wall dating back to the 18th-19th century. This kind of townscape preservation district can be found in other places in Japan though, Uchiko is first class in the scale and quality. It is comfortable to walk along the lonesome street in a carefree manner, since this place is far from Tokyo and Osaka.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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