2018年12月27日

'Ohya-ishi' stone is mainly used for building materials, as it is easy to cut and is resistant to fire.

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Ohya-ishi stone is formed from volcanic ashes settled on the bottom of the sea. It is reserved in Ohya town, Tochigi Prefecture, and 120 quarries were running in the golden age in the 1960s. However the number of them has dwindled now to one-tenth of that time. As shown in the first picture, open-cut mining is found there though, underground mining is the mainstream now to get the better quality of stones. The second picture shows the interior of the mine which already shut down the operation. These ruins are opened to the public as a museum named 'Ohya-shiryo-kan'. As the temperature deep inside the ruins is stable all the year, from 5 to10 degrees Celsius, it was used as a warehouse for rice, other cereals and fermented foods. In recent years, it has become a popular place for a filming location and event site.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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2018年08月24日

'Kakitagawa' spring group features the most amount of discharge among the uncountable number of springs at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

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Japan's tallest peak Mt. Fuji is a conical volcano, so the meltwater and rainwater sinking into the mountain gush out on the surroundings after 20-30 years. Kakitagawa spring group is the largest among them, with 100 tons of discharge a day, which is on a world-wide level. The spring water through the huge natural filter boasts of outstanding transparency and is the best drinking water. The temperature of it is stable all the year, 15-18 degrees. This spring water forms Kakitagawa river 1.2 km in length, which is one of the shortest rivers in Japan and joins other river to flow into the Pacific Ocean. An esplanade over the springs is well developed.
The picture shows one of the places where the springs are gushing out. Two circles, big and small, are the traces of water intake pipes for a bygone factory.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2018年06月02日

'Honjin' means the accommodations developed across the country for the people of high standing in the 'Edo period' in the 17th-19th century.

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Edo/Tokugawa feudal government ordered all the feudal lords in Japan to live in their domains and Edo (Tokyo) alternately in yearly shifts. More than 300 feudal lords periodically went and returned between their domains and Edo with many attendants according to their power, and this system was called 'Sankin-Kotai'. In order to support this system, the accommodations for them were prepared in the major post towns throughout Japan. These honjin accommodations were not for the common people but exclusively for the people of high standing. The private houses of the leading locals were generally used as honjin when they were needed. In the wake of weakening of the feudal government, Sankin-Kotai system was beginning to break down, and finally died at the end of the feudal years. Honjin accommodations were not needed anymore.
The picture shows 'Hino Honjin' in Hino City, Tokyo, which is one of the original honjin buildings still remaining in Japan, most of them are opened to the public.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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