So sorry for failing to update this blog in the past weekend. I had to attend the reunion arranged by my former colleagues, old friend and I was swamped by my wife's requests.
The municipality of Makasa is struggling with the entry into the list of the Geopark defined by UNESCO.
This sign shows that a shaft of the coalmine is on top of this hill.
The municipality of Mikasa is planning to invite the delegation of UNESCO next year to make this area designated as a Geopark.
A Geopark is defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its UNESCO Geoparks International Network of Geoparks programme as follows:
- A territory encompassing one or more sites of scientific importance, not only for geological reasons but also by virtue of its archaeological, ecological or cultural value.
by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan as well as the monumental shaft tower on the opposite side of Ikushunbetsu River. The coalmine company that had run this facility went bankrupt and ran away without demolishing the coalmine and making this place as it had been.
Some kind of agreement will be reached between Hokkaido Government and the municipality of Mikasa for the use of these facilities.
How can you make it with those new ruins?
Video camera shooting of heroic action movie?
The residents of those coalmine area are beginning to recognize some kinds of virtue in these ruins. I felt that it is very difficult to share the virtue with ordinary people in Japan except for the artists, some mania and the people who feel nostalgia in these buildings.