Friday, 9 March 2018

Shell Mound on the Chiba Urban Monorail Line

EMU Chiba Urban Monorail 0 series travels on the Route 2

Where did your ancestors come from? How many of your ancestors do you know about? I know only that my ancestors lived in present-Kanagawa prefecture located about 30 km southwest of Tokyo. It was not more than 200 years ago.

Then, what was your ancestor's style of living about 5,000 years ago? It is a difficult question. The only thing that I can do is to see archaeological ruins. Kasori Shell Mound is a good example. It is located in Chiba City, about 40 km east of Tokyo. The Shell Mound is a dump site of the ancients. It was placed around their settlements. The primary garbage is shells, but animal and fish bones are also found. It looks like just a natural fossil bed, but it was artificial because traces of bonfire were also found in the mound. Currently, this shell mound is covered with a roof. Visitors can observe the illuminated section of the mound through the glass. Kasori Shell Mound was designated a Special Historic Site in 2017 by the government.

To visit this precious site, the nearest station is Sakuragi on Route 2 of the Chiba Urban Monorail. The EMU 0 series is the latest model launched in 2012. A total of 4 sets, 8 units were built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2012 and 2014. It was given the nickname Urban Flyer, as passengers can enjoy the flying experience as a birdman.

I enjoyed the ancient style of living and the latest flying experience on the same day.

Kasori Shell Mound near Sakuragi Station on the Route 2 of the Chiba Urban Monorail line

Official information about the trains on the Chiba Urban Monorail lines (in Japanese):