Ikuno Ginzan is the silver mine in the middle Hyogo. Ginzan literally translates to “silver mountain”. Now it isn’t run but you can go inside the long tunnel and see many exhibits showing how to dig out rocks and purify the silver from them.
It’s good place to go in summer since inside the tunnel it’s 13 degrees C (55 degrees F ). You might shiver without long sleeve shirt. You would shiver not only its temperature but its dark history…. yes, they says that in Edo period or more older ages, they forced the criminal to work under those rough, poor and dangerous condition. I found a certain map that describe how long and deep they dag the mountain. It looks like an ant farm. How tough they were…they did all by man power. Of course, in the age of Meiji (in the 186o’s) it had been modernized by the French engineer and run by Mitsubishi company.(That was the one of the most biggest family-run conglomerates before the World War.)
Though it has somehow dark atmosphere, it was funny that all mannequins look westerners and Tatsu misunderstood foreigners were working there at that time!
I love that kind of misunderstanding of kids! I always become a little bit wicked and do not deny exactly and let him believe until he finds the truth by himself.