Nagasaki UNESCO World Heritage / Industrial Revolution
The origin of Japan’s modernization is here
Under the growing sense of crisis over a foreign menace, Nagasaki supported the introduction
of Western countries technology, which started during the last years of Japan’s National
isolation period. With “ Dejima ” as the only window to West during the period of National isolation.
Nagasaki has contributed to Japan’s modernization by serving as a place to acquire knowledge
Nagasaki contributed for Shipbuilding and Coal Mining and 7 sites have been
registered on the UNESCO World Heritage, Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.
Located on Minami-Yamate hill in Nagasaki-city, Glover Garden has nine
Western style buildings including the Glover’s Residence built in 1863 by Japanese carpenter
Koyama Hidenoshin. The Glover Residence is Japan’s oldest wooden Western-style building.
Former Pattern Shop / Shipyard History Museum
The Former Pattern Shop was built in 1898 to produce wooden patterns for castings and is the
oldest factory building in the shipyard. It is a two-storied brick building with a timber roof truss.
There is a U-shaped rail on the ceiling to transport materials.
The building was refurbished to the Shipyard History Museum in 1985 and is open to the public.
Giant Cantilever Crane
The Giant Cantilever Crane is the first electric-powered crane of its type in Japan, imported from
Scotland in 1909, which is the oldest surviving one in operation in the world. It can still lift a load
of 150 tons and is used to ship heavy goods.
Hashima coal mining island is an artificial reclaimed island and the site of Japan’s first major
undersea coal exploitation (1890) pioneered by Mitsubishi – and host to one of the world’s
most extraordinary former mining communities. Hashima Island is located 3 km southwest of
Takashima, and it was the success of Takashima that led Mitsubishi to purchase this island – both
islands giving access to the same undersea coal deposit. Now Hashima is a ruin called “Gunkanjima”,
so called after its resemblance to the silhouette of a battleship.
Location of Nagasaki-city
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