The Itohara family is said to have come from samurai sent to Shimane from Hiroshima in 1624, and who settled in the present location in 1798. They worked at iron-making for 280 years.
The Itohara Memorial Hall was founded in order to preserve valuable treasures gathered by the family.
Asia » Japan » Shimane In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
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