Hello, this is Mari writing this week. It's December! Can you believe it? We have only one more month to go in 2019! Around this time of year, we have last minutes Christmas gift shoppers. Just so you know, it is the busiest season at post offices all over the world. So, it takes longer time to deliver. If you are thinking about shopping Christmas gift now, we highly recommend to choose Express shipping.
In July, Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, ancient tumulus clusters was certified as a World Heritage Site. A "kofun" is a mounded tomb made by piling earth, with the burial chamber inside the mound. Tombs of this type were common in the Japanese archipelago for about 400 years from the second half of the 3rd century AD.
Ichiroya is located in the near area of this World Heritage Site. We are so excited to know that the Kofungun was certified. Administrations and merchants are trying to bring tourists and promote the area.
We are located along Kintetsu railway line. They are now operating special trains so called "Haniwa Train". "Haniwa" are clay figures in the shape of men, women or animals especially horses. They were made for ritual use and buried with the dead as funerary objects druing the Tumulus period. On the other day, I had a chance to take "Haniwa Train"!
The trains are wrapped by "Haniwa" images. Also, there are cute Haniwa hanging on the straps, staring at us from train connecting part. Operation schedule of the "Haniwa train" is undisclosed. So, we never know when we can take it. I was lucky to take the cute train. I hope this train will entertain tourists from all over the world.