Remains found of Japanese windmill destroyed in 1923 earthquake


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The foundations of a water pumping windmill have been found at a site that until the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake was the French Consulate in Minato-no-Mieruoka Park, Naka Ward, Yokohama.

4 red brick piers 1.3 metres tall by 1.2m wide were found at the site of the well last December, and research in French government archives has uncovered a record of having spent $1529.81 in 1896 on the well, windmill, and water pumping facility.

2 piers will be preserved as a feature in the redevelopment of the park, and there are plans to build a replica windmill.

There were once 3 windmills in the area - with the other 2 sites being in Ferris Seminary (of which a photo survives in the Yokohama archives), and in Yokohama Futaba Gakuen school. Tags: [#earthquake] [japan]
Item: #69, Posted: 22/4/03.


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