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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posted by masahisa at 16:26 | Suburbs of Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2013年10月12日

The original pictures, rough animation drawings and other related materials of Fujiko F Fujio, who is a well-known cartoonist for many mangas such as 'doraemon' and 'perman', are on display in Fujiko F Fujio Museum in Kawasaki City.

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The cartoonist Fujiko Fujio is a pen name, made up of two artists Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko. These two comic artists happened to meet each other as classmates at an elementary school in Toyama Prefecture, which triggered them to collaborate on comic books. Being influenced by Osamu Tezuka, the greatest manga master in Japan, they went to Tokyo to start full-fledged creative activity by the name of Fujiko Fujio.
Thanks to the first big hit 'obake-no-q-taro' followed by 'perman', 'ninja-hattori-kun' and 'kaibutsu-kun', their joint pen name gradually became stable.
However, after dissolving the partnership in 1987, they individually started their own lives of cartoonist respectively, as Fujiko F Fujio and Fujiko Fujio A. Even though Fujiko F Fujio passed away in 1996, when he was 62, his valuable manga-related goods are on display in the Fujiko F Fujio Museum in Kawasaki City near Shinjuku, where he long lived for his work.

Licensed tour guide/travel asssistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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posted by masahisa at 09:14 | Suburbs of Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2013年09月20日

Mt.Takao, known as a holy mountain from the Edo period, is one of the best outing places for Tokyoites, since it is very favorably located for transport.

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Being reached in 60 minutes by train from the heart of Tokyo, Mt. Takao, which is listed in the Michelin Green Guides, has long been known as a sacred mountain, as well as a place rich in flora and fauna. Because it was designated as a sanctuary by then government in the 19-20th century. Easy access from the Tokyo city center, the nature trails to the mountantop and the cable car/lift make it possible to go up this mountain even for aged people and children.
Particularly in winter, when it is blessed with a run of fine days, the distant view of Mt.Fuji can be seen from the top.
The picture show one of the trails on this mountain and the Yakuo-in temple on the way to the summit.
The climbers can also enjoy a picnic at one of the buckwheat noodle restaurants, which is a local special dish, standing around the place from which the ascent is made.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:41 | Suburbs of Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする