August 04, 2017
Sugaya Tatara Sannai Village is located in Yoshidacho, Unnan-shi, Shimane-ken and it is the only remaining ironworks from premodern Japan
Izumo Region is the only place in the world where the flame of the tatara, a traditional iron-smelting furnace.
Today, the Izumo Region continues its tradition of iron making, a story begun by its predecessors 1000 years ago.
History of the Tatara, please visit Progress of Tatara Iron Making
A katsura tree stands by the workshop for ironmaking.
The tree is approximately 200 years old, and called `Sacred Tree` for ironmaking.
The Katsura tree is regarded as protecting the tataraba because ‘Kanayago God’ or the god of Tatara ironmaking is believed to have landed on the Katsura tree with a egret.
Sugaya Tatara Sannai has sites of Tatara ironmaking.
The interior of the takadono has the furnace, and on each side is a pair of tenbin-fuigo, or balanced foot bellows, which once supplied the furnace with air.
The small town in Sugaya Tatara Sannai area
For more information, please visit 菅谷たたら山内