About

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From Antiquity to Future

Fujiidera is Osaka’s smallest city. In fact, a bicycle is all you need to fully explore it, and you’ll be surprised at just how many burial mounds, shrines, and temples there are. These historical monuments may survive on their own, or they may disappear unless we do something now. Which outcome is better for the city’s future? We can’t say decisively, but we’ve come together to form Team “Inishie,” a word meaning “antiquity,” with the hope that those sites will remain in their best state for generations to come. We’d like to share this hope with everyone and made this website, Interwoven Stories.

Team Inishie Leader : Tsuyoshi Nishimura

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Unknown aspects of Fujiidera

In recent years, more and more foreigners and young people have been visiting Fujiidera, whether for shopping or because of interesting events taking place in the city. Most of them leave the city, however, without getting to know its history. We’ve made this website to try and bridge that gap, by introducing you to the charms of Fujiidera. If you’re intrigued by something on this website, come to Fujiidera and experience it for yourself. I’m sure you’ll find even more things to like by the end of your stay.

Webmaster : Tadanori Kurotobi

  • Team Inishie

  • Tsuyoshi Nishimura

  • Tsuneyoshi Ono

  • Yasukazu Mori

  • Kiyoshi Ozasa

  • Haruki Takizawa

  • Nao Takada

  • Risa Yamamoto

  • Shingo Ikeda

  • Supervised by

  • HANNAN UNIVERSITY

    Takashi Kitamura

  • SHITENNOJI UNIVERSITY

    Ryoichi Amano

  • Assisted by

  • Fujiidera City

  • Supported by

  • Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

  • This website is created by

  • Direction

    Tadanori Kurotobi (Shiawase Komuten)

  • Design & Development

    Ryo Ikarashi

  • Photo

    Takahiro Miyai (38_works.)

  • Video

    Tadanori Kurotobi (Shiawase Komuten)

  • Translation

    Sayuri Okamoto

  • Tsuyoshi Nishimura

    When I was a child, I loved to explore empty lots, ancient burial mounds, Shinto shrines, and Buddhist temples—they were the best places to play around in. Now, as an adult, even though I deal with real estate and urban redevelopment, l find the profusion of concrete, asphalt, and almost-identical buildings in our landscapes incredibly dreary.

    Things that last for centuries must have survived for some reason. It’d be really great if I could discuss that with both residents of and visitors to the city. Let’s get the conversation going, and feel some Fujiidera pride!

  • Tsuneyoshi Ono

    What are those thick forests in our neighborhood? And why were these giant burial mounds made, if we can’t even go inside and make offerings?

    After retirement, my friends and I formed a “Free Guide Club” to answer those questions and learn about the burial mounds that surround us here in Fujiidera. At first, they seemed very somber and boring. The more I learn about them, however, the more fascinated I am by the stories behind their creation: the greatness of the ancient kings who lie inside them, the magnificence of their construction. Nowadays, I enjoy bringing these stories to life for tourists and young visitors.

  • Yasukazu Mori

    Yasukazu Mori

    The city of Fujiidera is overlaid with some twenty thousand years worth of history, and the numerous artifacts of that history coexist with our modern life. They’re literally right next to us. There’s no other city like this in the world. And to tell everyone about it, I’m not only a volunteer guide for the city, I’m also helping foreigners learn Japanese. Fujiidera—the city of excitement, the haji no mahoroba (ancient great land of Haji)—always welcomes you.

  • Kiyoshi Ozasa

    Kiyoshi Ozasa

    I came to Fujiidera eight years ago for the first time as I was commissioned to work for tourism promotion. Among the things I’ve promoted, I found places like Fujiidera, a Buddhist temple known for its thousand-armed kannon statue, the battlefield of the Domyoji Kassen (Battle of Domyoji)*, and Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun** especially interesting. I hope future visitors of this website will come to Fujiidera someday and find their own favorite places.

    * One of the major battles of the Summer Campaign of the Siege of Osaka (1614-15) where the Eastern Army of Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Osaka Army of Toyotomi Hideyoshi clashed.
    ** A group of burial mounds in Mozu-Furuichi area

  • Haruki Takizawa

    Haruki Takizawa

    I majored in Chinese in university, during which I studied in Beijing for a year. Now I call Beijing my second home, and this very experience made me realize that I have only one real hometown, and that’s Fujiidera. To share the attractions of my hometown with more people, my friends and I launched the “Minami Kawachi Travel” project. Through this activity, we’ve learned so many things about the city that we’d overlooked, and discovered its hidden charm. Fujiidera may be small, but I’m proud to call it home.

  • Nao Takada

    I came from Oita to Osaka to study at university to study English. At the university, I participated in international activities at home and abroad, which made me strongly aware that I was Japanese, that my “home” was no other place but Japan. While living in Osaka where originally isn’t my “home”, I rediscovered the beauty of tradition of this country: Japan had a large capacity to accept anything “foreign”, including a newcomer like me, and Fujiidera was the best example of that for me. Now, as a member of the Team Inishie, I hope to share my experience and the beauty of Japan with visitors to Fujiidera from different backgrounds.

  • Risa Yamamoto

    Risa Yamamoto

    I’m a university student majoring in culture and languages of the Western countries. I study with students from abroad, and this very experience has made me particularly interested in so called “multicultural” society. I hope Japan becomes a true multicultural country, and I’m going to Sweden to study their model of municipal supporting system for foreigners. The activity of the Team Inishie, which particularly aims to encourage the visit of young and foreign people to Fujiidera, is very interesting, and it helps me to think about my own future.

  • Shingo Ikeda

    I study at university to become a primary school teacher. As a teacher-to-be, my major concern naturally is the way to make children interested in leaning. The same should apply when it comes to the activity of the Team Inishie, who tries to the young generation into historical, cultural, and local matters. I’m also concerned about the preservation of tradition, which also is the focus of the team. As a member of the Team Inishie and of Japan, I try my best to find the best answer.

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