In the middle of a residential area, there is a beautifully reconstructed Upper Circle Lower Square ancient tumulus

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Shot at Musashi Fuchu Kumano Jinja Kofun in Fuchu, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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A long time ago, I saw a movie called "Into Eternity". It was a documentary film about the difficulty of communicating to future generations the fact that it would take 100,000 years for the radiation emitted from the Onkalo radioactive waste disposal facility to drop to a safe level.

To put it simply, how do you tell people that the Onkalo site is dangerous over a period of 100,000 years? Even if we were to leave a written record, there is no guarantee that human beings 100,000 years from now will still be using the same letters that are used on earth today, and there is even a possibility that they will be indecipherable. In fact, Egyptian hieroglyphs, written only about 2,000 years ago, were undecipherable for a long time until they were deciphered by Champollion in France in the 19th century.

There is a beautifully restored burial mound behind Kumano Shinto Shrine along Koshu Kaido in Fuchu. Archaeological research has shown that this tumulus was built around the 7th century, but it is not known whose tomb it is. This is because no records have been found. The shape of the tomb is rare in Japan, and the person buried there must have been an influential person in the area, but now, more than 1,000 years later, we do not know who is buried there. It is difficult to pass on information through time.

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Where is Musashi Fuchu Kumano Jinja Kofun?

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12093

Shooting Date

Jul 2021

Posted On

November 17, 2021

Place

Fuchu, Tokyo

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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