The Story ofMichinoku Gold

Illustrated map of Kesen and Motoyoshi



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An early-modern era illustrated map that marks in gold the thirty-four gold mines in Kesen (the area encompassing Ofunato, Rikuzentakata, and Sumita in Iwate Prefecture) and Motoyoshi (the area encompassing Kesennuma and Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture) Districts. Looking at it, one can see that the sources of gold were scattered over a wide area. It is a valuable document that concretely shows the situation in which Sengoku-era warlords such as Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Date Masamune took control of the areas resources and actively developed gold extraction operations.

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City Tangible Cultural Asset (Historical Materials)

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