2017年05月04日

‘Nunobiki’ water reservoir, built in 1900, is the first reservoir in Kobe.

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Nunobiki water reservoir is Japan’s first gravity dam. As Kobe was rapidly modernized with increasing population and the number of foreign ships entering Kobe Port, providing safe and clean water for them was a matter of urgency. An outbreak of cholera from 1890 to 1891, more than 1,000 people in Kobe died of this, made the construction work faster to complete the reservoir in 1900. The clean water filtered through the granite soil of Mt. Rokko was highly evaluated as ‘Not becoming foul even during a long cruise right on the equator’ In this connection, ‘Sake’ in ‘Nada’, which is a leading sake production center in Japan, is produced with the same water from Mt. Rokko. After ascending the promenade at the foot of Mt. Rokko on the north side of Shin-Kobe Station of ‘Shinkansen’ train, the mountain stream and waterfalls as shown in the two pictures come into our sight. Old waterworks of Nunobiki reservoir are designated as important cultural assets.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2016年11月24日

'Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum' in Kobe, run by 'Takenaka Komuten' one of the largest general contractors in Japan, is the one and only museum focusing on carpenter's tools.

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Takenaka Komuten opened a unique museum featuring carpenter's tools in the heart of Kobe in 1984. For this major contractor, born in Nagoya as a group of temple carpenters in 1610, Kobe was a very important city. Because this company used to establish the headquarter in Kobe in the course of growing out of its old style.
As the first museum had become too small to house all the exhibits after 30 years duration, it was relocated to the present site, where the old headquarter building previously stood, in 2014. After passing through the Japanese style gate as shown in the first picture, there are three storied exhibition rooms, where more than 1,000 carpenter's tools, from ancient times up to now, are on display.
The details of the museum building itself are elaborate, traditional craftman's skills are found here and there. The second picture shows the skeleton replica of 'Minoan' tea house of 'Daitokuji Temple' in Kyoto, designated as an important cultural asset. This exhibit shows the structure of the traditional tea house in 'Sukiya Zukuri' style featuring simplicity.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.
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2016年11月17日

'Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum' and 'Hakutsuru Art Museum' in Higashi-Nada-ku, Kobe, are leading private museums among many ones standing halfway between Osaka and Kobe.

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'Nada' district in Kobe, where many major sake makers are found , is Japan's largest sake brewing zone. Japan's greatest sake maker 'Hakutsuru Brewer' stands in this area, and has long contributed its effort to the promotion of local prosperity particularly in terms of culture, together with other major sake makers.
In other words, in the field of education and art. The first pictures show Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum opened in 1982, focusing on the sake brewing process.
An old factory built in 1910 was converted into this museum with affiliated wooden utensils and fittings to show the traditional process of sake making. The stately building in the third picture is Hakutsuru Art Museum built in 1934, which features the topflight collection of Chinese art.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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