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Field Report: The Kamihaga Residence, Uchiko, Japan (22 November 2016)

In my previous post, we saw some of the splendid buildings that the town of Uchiko was endowed with by its leading families, back during its heyday as a centre for sumac wax production. 1,296 more words

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Field Report: Uchiko, Ehime Prefecture, Japan (22 November 2016)

The town of Uchiko, in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture, once enjoyed great prosperity from the production of sumac wax. Although the industry died out early in the last century, some of the grand houses and public buildings that were erected during that golden age still stand: beautiful reminders of a time when this quiet corner of Shikoku was a bustling centre of commerce. 903 more words

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