KAI Vol.45

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The Agricultural Light Railway that helped open up Hokkaido

The Agricultural Light Railway played a major role in opening up Hokkaido then vanished about a half century ago.

2020/01/15

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Promoting tourism with concrete

As Hakodate developed into an international trading port in the late Meiji Period, it quickly started using concrete to build its infrastructure. A citizens’ group has begun to take advantage of the city’s concrete culture to promote tourism.

2019/12/25

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Otomo Trench, which became the foundation of Sapporo

Otomo Trench was the base of what became the Sosei River, which divides Sapporo into east and west. We follow the footprints of Otomo Kametaro, who dug the 4 km-long irrigation canal in four months, and laid the foundations of the city.

2019/11/27

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Memories of a former coal miner

We met a coal mine heritage guide who has many years of experience in the mines.

2019/11/20

Town management by Mitsui Fudosan

Akapla Illumination 2019-2020

An endless amount of lights changing along with the music is on display bringing a different vibe to the gingko trees at AKAPLA. Come enjoy the illumination with that special someone.

2019/11/20

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The reason I continue to photograph coalmining heritage

Encountering coalmining heritage while travelling changed my life quite drastically. I wanted to express the beauty of abandoned structures fusing with nature.

2019/11/13

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Modern Hokkaido seen in coalmining heritage

In 2019, Tan-Tetsu-Ko: Coal-Iron & Steel-Railway-Port became a Japan Heritage certified by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. At its center is the heritage of coalmining that prospered for an instant and then faded drastically.

2019/11/06

Professionals from the north

Understand the Original, and Restore It

Ishibashi Shoichi, now 91 years old, is an active watchmaker. A chat with him is a trip back to postwar Sapporo.

2019/11/06

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Passing on the baton of memory

It is essential that people be given time to learn and deepen their own recollections of the industries that have enriched and supported their communities.

2019/10/30

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Why industrial heritage now?

Industrial heritage conveys the outline of current society and offers an opportunity to think about the future. That is also the process that confirms regional identity.

2019/10/30

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