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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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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2017年04月27日

'Sannai Maruyama' archaeological site in the suburbs of Aomori City is a leading archaeological site of the 'Jomon' period in Japan.

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It was known even in the 17th century that an archaeological site existed here, as many old document and records, referring to the ancient clay figures as well as potteries which appeared here, are found. A full-scale excavation work was tardily started in 1992, and the entire area of this site has gradually unveiled to be pretty big. The investigation reaching 40 hectares has been finished so far though, this site seems to be expanding more and more. It is imaginable that the first settlers in this site was around 5,500 years ago, then it reached the zenith with 100 houses and the population of 500, 4,500 years ago. It is thought that they cultivated chestnuts as well as walnuts, and caught small animals like hares. The first picture shows a strange structure made up of 6 columns, from the spaces of each wooden parts of which we can know that all buildings of this site are made based on a unit of 35cm in length. The second picture shows the interior of the largest house with a width of 10 meters.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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