Traditional Japanese Paper Mill, Honda Plant, and Hodosan Shrine Tours
Friday, 7 June, 2019
8:00 - 19:00
The Conference concludes with a full-day tour organized by the Planning Committee to give attendees the opportunity to visit three distinct Japanese locations in one day. The selected sites will enable you to see different aspects of Japanese culture: an historic village where “Hosokawa-Shi” paper has been manufactured for more than 1,300 years, a Shinto shrine founded in A.D. 110, and a state-of-the art Honda manufacturing plant.
Reserve your space when you register to attend the International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials. Space is limited. Transportation is provided. Participation Fee: US $50 per person.
Traditional Japanese Paper Mill Tour
Higashi-Chichibu village is the producing district of a Japanese paper called “Hosokawa-Shi.” There are a lot of small mills in the village producing this type of paper. Higashi-Chichibu village has made “Hosokawa-Shi” for over 1,300 years and the village was added to the UNESCO Intangible Culture Heritage list in 2014. During our visit, you will observe the manufacturing process and can buy many kinds of products made of Hosokawa-Shi. You will also see instruments, and a building that was used for paper-making 200 years ago. Hosokawa-Shi is made solely of Paper Mulberry, scientifically named Broussonetia papyrifera. Paper Mulberry is very strong and has been used for more than 100 years. It is even used for the restoration of pictures in Europe.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Yorii Plant
Honda is the seventh largest car manufacturer in the world and is the second largest in Japan according to auto sales numbers in 2017. The Yorii Plant, which began operation in 2013, performs the forming of the chassis, assembling of the vehicle, examination of the finished vehicle, and shipment. The production capacity is 250,000 cars per year. The Yorii plant is an advanced factory known to have a focus on sustainability. Compact cars such as the “FIT” or “VEZEL” are manufactured at the factory.
This Shinto Shrine was founded in A.D. 110, about 1,900 years ago. The traditional tale of the shrine speaks of a brave man being caught in a huge mountain wildfire during his hike. While being engulfed by flames, two dogs suddenly appeared and extinguished the fire and guided him to the top of the mountain. The two dogs are considered messengers of God.
The Hodosan Shrine was founded and is famous for being home for the guardian deity of fire. Currently, Hodosan is written as “宝登山” in Japanese and means Treasure Climbing Mountain. Anciently, Hodosan was written as “火止山” in Japanese and meant Fire Stopping Mountain. We chose Hodosan Shrine as a tour destination in hopes of bringing awareness of forest fires around the world.