Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mitsujo Tumulus (I)

The burial mound of this tumulus has three levels with Haniwa, a type of earthenware, around the circumference of each level.
Next to the cemetery I posted yesterday is Mitsujo Tumulus. In ancient times, a grave was constructed by piling earth up into a high mound called a "Kofun" (ancient mound) or Takazuka (high tumulus). In Higashi Hiroshima, this mound is called Mitsujo Kofun. This historic site has three tumuli. I am starting this post in order from tumulus No.1, No.2 and No.3. 

In this picture is Mitsujo No.1 Tumulus, a keyhole-shaped mound about 92 meters wide. It is the largest tumulus in Hiroshima Prefecture.

The tumulus was designated as historic site on June 3, 1982, because it is very sacred to this area's cultural heritage.

This is going to be my theme this week.
Yuri San: Kore wa nan desuka? (What is this?)
Hiro San: Bochi desu, ookii bochi desu (It's a big cemetery)

*All the explanation of this photos is taken from this historic site.

4 comments:

Babzy said...

Impressive and peaceful , i couldn't have imagine that it was a cimetery ...

Vogon Poet said...

I like these man made hills, there are several around Europe, but the large ones are quite recent. This is a very interesting theme and I hope you'll show us many details of their construction. From today images it looks much more elaborate than piled earth...

JM said...

This is fantastic! The first time I see it! I had to enlarge the photos for a better view of the details.

Christopher Raun Leth said...

I'm with Vogon on this; let's hear more about it! Great photos and great post!