A journey to view the potteries and obsidian mines of the Jomon people, who lived many thousands of years ago.
The Central Highlands over Yamanashi and Nagano are located in the center of the Japanese Archipelago. Many obsidian mines were operated there during the Jomon period.
The Jomon people were fascinated with the bright obsidian flakes mined from under the ground. Besides, a variety of pottery types and dogu clay figurines have been excavated from the area. Visitors will definitely be able to develop a feeling of closeness to the Jomon people
This video introduces the Jomon landscapes that flourished in the Yatsugatake region from 5,000 years ago. This region is host to the largest number of Jomon sites in Japan. It introduces the stunningly designed pottery and clay figurines (dogu) that showcases the symbolic worldview of these people. One can see the different villages and settlement patterns including the pit dwellings that are representative of homes during this period. One can see how the environment, landscape, and resources in the region allow the Jomon culture to flourish.