Yasugi Specialty Steel and Tatara
The city of Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture, is home to the Hitachi Metals Yasugi
Works. The city faces the Naka Sea, a bay that opens out into the Japan Sea,
and has prospered as a port since ancient times due to its excellent natural
Through the middle of the Edo Period, the steel produced in the Chugoku region was mainly sent along the Seto Inland Sea route to Osaka. From there, it would be sent to metal goods-producing regions around the country through wholesalers. However, the so-called kitamae-bune (a new type of cargo ship at the time that would come to handle most of the cargo traffic along Japan's coasts until late in the 19th century) was developed in the latter half of the Edo Period, making it possible to carry the steel directly from Yasugi Harbor to the ports of such metal goods-producing regions as Sanjo in today's Niigata Prefecture, Takefu in Fukui, Sakai in Osaka, Seki in Gifu, and Miki in Hyogo.
|The Naka Sea and the mountain Daisen can be seen from Yasugi Harbor|