2018年09月09日

Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu City, located in the northeast of Fukuoka Prefecture, used to prosper as Japan's largest coal shipping port.

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Wakamatsu-ku originally was Wakamatsu City established in 1914. From the latter half of the 19th century, when Japan's modernization started, nearby 'Chikuho' coalfield had been rapidly developed and most of the coal was shipped from Wakamatsu to the major industrial zones and cities of the country. Wakamatsu, accordingly, showed great prosperity with large population from the latter half of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century. The adjacent five cities including Wakamatsu City were combined to form the then seventh largest city in Japan, Kitakyushu City, in 1963 though, this new megacity has been in its twilight since because of an energy revolution. Wakamatsu area is a typical example of this obsolete city featuring a smokestack industry.
Two pictures show some reminders.
First picture: Former Wakamatsu branch building of 'Furukawa Co., Ltd' built in 1919, which still is one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Japan.
Second picture: 'Ryotei Kin-nabe' Japanese high-end restaurant built in 1896, which is still servicing.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:58 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年04月06日

'Tsuyazaki' tomb group in the north of Fukuoka Prefecture consists of 60 burial mounds built in the 5th to 7th century.

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In the north of Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, with the area of 7 kilometers from north to south and 2 kilometers from east to west, which faces the Sea of Genkai, 60 burial mounds are found. Most of them are round-shaped mounds or keyhole-shaped, and they are thought to be for the 'Munakata' clan, who were in charge of a religious service under the ancient imperial government. Tsuyazaki tomb group, to be more precise, is a general name of 7 sub-group burial mounds. Lots of decorative swords harnesses and the like, which are supposed to have been used for a religious service , were excavated from 'Miyajidake' mounds, one of 7 sub-groups. This mound is equipped with a big stone chamber with the total length of 23 meters. Accordingly, this mound is thought to be for a person of very high status, such as a close relative of the Emperor. These excavations are by far gorgeous, implying they were dedicated to a special person, so most of them are on display at Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu City after being designated as a national treasure. The picture shows the distance view of 'Shinbaru-Nuyama' mounds, which is the largest sub-group , made up of 41 ancient mounds.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:43 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年02月16日

'Kagetsu', a Japanese-style luxury restaurant, in 'Maruyama' Neighborhood in Nagasaki City, was the important venue for the strategy meeting to overthrow the old regime of Japan.

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Nagasaki City in Kyushu was the only one door for the foreign trade during the Edo Period in the 17th-19th century. The huge profit from international trade was accumulated here, so one of the busiest red-light districts was built in Maruyama, downtown Nagasaki. Kagetsu restaurant in the picture was founded around 1818 and is the only one original building in Maruyama neighborhood. This originates from the small restaurant built in the Japanese garden of 'Hikita-ya' brothel built in 1642. During the transition period toward Japan's modernization, many noted royal supporters gathered here to exchange the information about the revolutionary movement as well as fund-raising. The interior decoration features the compromise between Japanese, the Western and Chinese style. People enjoy 'Shippoku' cuisine, which is a local special dish of half-Japanese and half-Chinese cuisine, with the original Japanese garden view built at the end of the 17th century.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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