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Title: The Techniques and Tools of Kazusabori Well-boring
Authors: Takamura, Hiroki
高村, 弘毅
Issue Date: 20-Mar-2019
Publisher: Rissho University
Abstract: The Kazusabori method of well-boring originated during the Bunka era years (1804 – 1818) of the Edo period in the area now called Kimitsu-gun, Chiba Prefecture. This method was used to bore a large number of flowing wells, which supplied water for the local community and farming. In the 25th year of the Meiji period (1892), Kazusabori was even utilized to develop oil wells in Niigata and Akita and was introduced outside of Japan (in India particularly) as the Kazusa System. It was the most advanced well-boring technique of the time in Japan. Kazusabori well-boring is designated as an important cultural asset in Japan’s List of Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties (Occupations), and the tools associated with this method are archived at the Chiba Prefectural Kazusa Museum. However, few studies have been done on the development of and tools used for this technique. In February 1981, the author had the opportunity to observe a reenactment of the Kazusabori method by a master borer working to keep the technique alive. The author utilized the occasion to conduct research on the technical details of the Kazusabori method, the tools used, and the history of its development. As a result, much light was shed on the technical details of Kazusabori well-boring and the actual tools used in the process. Some questions still remain regarding the origin of this method and the use of clayey water. A document in FAO library indicates that Chinese Drilling bears a close resemblance to Kazusabori well-boring, and could provide clues for further research.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11266/6640
ISBN: 9784582474428
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