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Japan-Korea Tunnel Promotion Aomori Prefectural Council inspects the slope shaft site - Genji Newsletter November issue

Aomori Prefectural Citizens' Council for Promotion of Japan-Korea Tunnels inspects inclined shaft sites in Karatsu and Tsushima

From October 14th to 16th, five members of the Aomori Prefectural Council inspected the Karatsu slope shaft site and the Aren slope shaft site in Tsushima. Although Aomori is far from Tsushima, there were two people who had a passion for Tsushima. Although they were unable to come this time due to some urgent business, the five of them came with the hope that they would "please come and take a look on my behalf." Stepping on the site with my own feet, breathing in the atmosphere through my nose, I felt from the depths of my heart the meaning of tunnel construction. This time, I learned that there is a passionate movement in Aomori to build a Japan-Korea tunnel.


The connection between Aomori and Tsushima is deep. There were two Mongolian invasions during the Kamakura period. We learn that when the Mongolian army came off the coast of Hakata in Kyushu, a kamikaze blew and many warships sank, and they were able to withdraw to the peninsula without attacking Japan. Before reaching Hakata, the Mongolian army had also invaded Tsushima and Iki. In Tsushima, the lord of the time attacked with 80 horsemen, but they were annihilated, and the islanders who fled to the mountains managed to survive. Meanwhile, in Iki, there is a tragedy where all the islanders are killed because there is no mountain to escape to.


When the Mongols invaded Tsushima, the islanders who had boats on the east coast fled to the sea in a panic, but were swept away by the Tsushima Current and drifted all the way to Tohoku. The place we arrived at was the west coast of what is now Aomori Prefecture. He was warmly welcomed by the local people and decided to settle in Tsugaru. A famous literary figure was born from his descendants. This is Osamu Dazai.

Dazai's real name is Shuji Tsushima. It represents the name of his former hometown, and although the kanji notation has been changed, he is from Tsushima. Dazai's daughter also became a writer, but she deliberately kept it a secret. This is because she didn't want to be called her parents' Seven Lights. Last year, the newspaper reported that her daughter was also registered as a demon, and the public once again became aware of her. The surname "Tsushima" in Aomori begins here. While writing the moving ``Run, Melos'', one cannot help but feel for the sadness deep within Dazai's heart due to the tragedy of his suicide by drowning.


[Photo] Tip of Nagoya inclined shaft in Karatsu Commentary by Director Okubo about the new size of the project



[Photo] Tsushima Aren Shaft Entrance "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" and the group decided to expand the movement in their hometown of Aomori.



[Photo] Tsushima/Aren West Coast A tunnel extends from here towards South Korea Mutsuo Kimura, Vice Chairman of the Prefectural Citizens' Council (center)


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