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

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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posted by masahisa at 11:14 | Tohoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2017年04月03日

'Kakunodate', located in the mountainous region of Akita Prefecture, is called 'Little Kyoto' because old buildings standing on time-honored streets are found in the heart of the old town.

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After a ten minute walk from Kakunodate Station, a decent townscape with an old atmosphere comes into our sight. This beautiful town was built at the beginning of the 17th century, along wide streets with hooked corners working as a firebreak as well as to protect the town against enemy attack. Samurai houses, common people's houses and shops, and Buddhist Temples are separately arranged, and most of the samurai houses still remain intact. As 'Satake' clan, the feudal lord in this domain, who built this town, was from Kyoto nobles, the things in Kyoto styles are found everywhere, for example the local place names after Kyoto. Kakunodate fortunately survived the civil wars during the process of Japan's modernization in the middle of the 19th century. This district is thickly covered with snow in winter as shown in the picture though, when late spring comes at the beginning of May, around 400 cherry trees planted 300 years ago blossom all together. Kakunodate is well known as one of the greatest cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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