Category: History and Culture

Sakata Municipal Archives Center

Written on 2017-06-08 in 2 ART & MUSEUMS

The center exhibits articles and documents from the kitamae shipping trade in the Edo period (1603–1867), traditional and folk handicrafts, and photographs from the destructive Sakata fire of 1978.    

Historical Homma Residence

Written on 2017-06-08 in Historical Homma Residence

The Homma Family expanded its business interests into commerce, finance, and landownership. In 1768, the head of the third-generation of the Homma Family, Mitsuoka built the samurai-style house for the feudal lord, Sakai...


Written on 2017-06-08 in Abumiya

During the Edo period, Abumiya became known nationwide as a shipping agent and rice dealer. Abumiya played an important role in the shipping trade, as well as held top economic and political positions in Sakata. The pres...

Kaiko-ji Temple

Written on 2017-06-08 in 4 Shrines and Temples

Unlike mummies in Egypt, those in Japan are self-mummified Buddhist monks called sokushinbutsu, or living Buddha. In ancient times, people suffered from calamities such as crop failure, epidemics, and famine. Monks from ...

Hiyoriyama Park

Written on 2017-06-08 in 3 Gardens

The park is located on an artificial hill. Soil was brought in to create an elevated spot from which shipping agents could look out to sea and watch for merchant ships. Hiyori means good weather, and yama means hill. The...

Sankyo-soko Rice Storehouse

Written on 2017-06-07 in Exhibits and Foods

Constructed in 1893, Sankyo-soko Rice Storehouse is comprised of 12 storehouses. This facility was only used for storing rice, and 9 of the storehouses are still in use today. The rest have been renovated into the Shonai...

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