【Tour around the area where Tatara Iron making flourished】
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The Beginning of Tatara Ironworks
Over 1400 years ago in the Izumo region of eastern Shimane, a process of making iron from iron sand and charcoal called “tatara” thrived.
In particular, the large forests around Okuizumo provided high-quality iron sand and charcoal fuel which attracted skilled iron makers.
Sugaya Tatara Sannai
Production site of “Tatara” and the place where iron making workers lived are known as “Sannai”. At the center of “Sannai”, there exists a “Sugaya Takadono”. This is the only existing Japanese “Takadono” style iron-making site in Japan, which was one of the most important sites the Tanabe family managed. The place for breaking steel into pieces (“Daidoba”), casting place (“Chuzoba”), office for managing the site, rice granary, and residential houses are all restored and maintained, taking you back to the old days.
Iron Manufacturing Magnates: The Tanabe Family
The local Iron making industry has been dominated by the Tanabe family for hundreds of years.
For the people of Yoshida, the Tanabe family has been the center of not only business, but also culture, society and education.