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74.Hashino iron ore mountain (hashinotekkouzan)

The oldest existing Western style blast furnace in Japan

The beginning of Kamaishi - the iron town

Hashino Blast Furnace is the oldest Western style blast furnace in Japan. From the late Tokugawa period to the Meiji Period, it supported modern development in iron processing and contributed to Japan's development. It was registered industry of Japan with the UNESCO world heritage for constitution assets of the industry inheritance group "Industrial Revolution inheritance iron manufacture, steel manufacture, shipbuilding, coal mining industry of Meiji Japan" in the field of heavy industries that it was pioneer of making (iron manufacture, the steel manufacture, shipbuilding, the coal mining industry) in July, 2015 (Heisei 27) from the late Tokugawa period to the Meiji period.
From the facilities around the ruins such as, the iron mine, haulage drifts, furnaces and smithing workshops, it is possible to imagine the whole iron processing. In addition, charcoal that was necessary in operating furnaces, was made from trees in the area. The rocks and boulders to make the furnaces were also built from granite native near the site. From these facts, it can be said that the miners made use of the abundant resources surrounding the ruin to process their iron.

The third blast furnace

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