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The Lost Castle Boat Shed and Boats

The Lost Castle Boat Shed and Boats

Boat building has always played  an important part of a nation's development. Waterways are a conveniently provided by nature for transport.  If you have a boat that is! The Takase boat  was designed by Mr Takasa and it so happens he was born not far from Tsuyama (early 1600). A few kilometers downstream from the Castle,  once was an  Iron ore mine the ore was carried by Takasabone downstream. That is the connection with Takase boats to our project. The Takase boat has been an important vehicle in the history of Japan. It is a long and narrow flat bottom boat sometimes with high freeboard...

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Miyoko’s Flowers

Miyoko’s Flowers

It is all in the detail! Maybe not all but detail surely is what  makes good design  stand out. Miyoko’s knowledge and love for Japanese flora and fauna helps her greatly in her Digital artistry Japanese wild flowers are close to Miyoko's heart. Flowers are growing up in many places close to the river, forest,roadways and in the Castle town’s gardens. Hers is a sample of some of Miyoko's work

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The FerryMan’s Home at The Lost Castle

The FerryMan’s Home at The Lost Castle

To cross the river was a tricky part of life and in 1620 there was no bridge across the Yoshiigawa. A ferry business  carrying  people as well  as produce and animals soon established itself on the north side of the river. Flat bottomed  boats  like the Koku and Takase boats were used. The river provided for transport but also provided food and soon a thriving fishing business also developed. River navigation can be treacherous and navigation aids like the small lighthouse guided river traffic at night. The Ferryman's house maybe looked something like this farmhouse style house with living...

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