I happened to visit Kosaka mining office and Vestige of
Matuo mine. Both places are related mining. But histories of them are
The Kosaka mining office (photo 1-3) in Akita prefecture was built in 1905
when the Kosaka copper mining was in its best, and had been used as a
office until 1999. The office was decomposed and rebuilt to refine as a
new office in 2001.
The old theater Kohrakukan (photo4-6)was built as a recreation facility
for Kosaka mining in 1910, Kabuki play and some amusement shows are still
performed there. This theater is designated to one of the important
cultural assets in Japan.
The Vestige of matuo mine (photo7-12) is in the Hachimantai national park
at the altitude 1000meters. This mine had prospered as the biggest sulfur
mine in Asia. But this mine was closed in 1972, and apartment houses,
school and other facilities were abandoned and remained as a ruined town.
Date September 24-25, 2007
Camera Nikon D40 Photo 1-6, 8-12
Nikon D200 Photo 7
Lenses AF-S VR Nikkor ED 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED Photo
SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 Photo 7
Image quality RAW Photo 1-11
Developed and Photo retouched with Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0
Upload October 6, 2007