The platform of Seibu Chichibu station was spacious, perhaps because of the number of tourists, or perhaps because of the surplus of land. When I looked up, I saw that the sky above the platform was covered with clouds, which made me feel a little uneasy about walking around the town. The traffic lights at the edge of the platform were all tinted red, as if the heavy sky had taken possession of them.
There are many theories as to the origin of the name Chichibu, including the theory that it is derived from "Chichibuhiko-no-mikoto," the Kuni no miyatsuko who was an official in ancient Japan ruled the region, the theory that it is derived from "Chichinoki," an old word meaning ginkgo, which is common in Chichibu, the theory that it is derived from "Chichiishi," another name for stalactites, and the theory that it is derived from the Ainu word "Chichibu," meaning "cool fresh water. In other words, it is just uncertain.
However, it seems to be a fact that this area has been prosperous since ancient times, and it is mentioned in the Shoku Nihongi as the name of a county in Musashi Province. In 708, Chichibu produced the copper used to mint the Wadokaichin, the first circulated coin in Japan. I was surprised to know that copper was produced in this area because I had only an image of Chichibu as a place of cement.
|Dec 2021 SAITAMA STILL LIFE|
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December 5, 2021
Still Life Photography
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