Illuminating the charm and value of Setouchi culture through stunning visuals and profound observations of intellectuals
As part of a project to mark our centennial, TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. (HQ：1083 Tsuneishi Numakuma-cho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan; President: Kenji Kawano), issued Archipelago Travelogue, a commemorative publication, this spring. Rather than retrace our company history, we aimed to contribute culturally to the community by showcasing diverse topics such as the civilization, culture, scenery, and history of the Seto Inland Sea. This publication was printed in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Spanish (*the Spanish version is a translation-only booklet) and distributed to TSUNEISHI Group companies, especially shipbuilding business segment companies at home and abroad, as well as affiliates. We are now considering making the publication available to local residents and those who are interested in Setouchi by donating copies to local institutions, such as elementary schools and libraries, and selling them at TSUNEISHI Group facilities.
The site of our company establishment is deeply connected to Setouchi. Archipelago Travelogue mainly contains visuals, such as photos of its iconic scenery and festivals and block prints that depict its history. We have increased its value as a source of information by integrating the insights of intellectuals and experts on Setouchi with content that is accessible to the reading public. The Japanese title Kaitei Roman (Adventurous Spirit for the Sea Garden) expresses the lyricism of the Seto Inland Sea, which was designated as one of the first national parks in Japan for its garden-like beauty that is different from the open ocean.
With its striking scenery and mild climate, the Seto Inland Sea has long provided livelihoods of abundance and contributed to Japan’s development as a major channel of political, economic, and cultural exchange with the continent of Asia. By featuring the various aspects of this region that fostered TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING, we hope that its diverse charms and value will become widely known in Japan and abroad.
Chapter 1 A History that Began from the Sea
Dazzling photos introduce the seas around the world that cradled civilizations, such as the Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Seto Inland Sea.
Chapter 2 A Civilization Nurtured by the Sea
Setouchi commodities have been valued highly since ritsuryo-sei, a historical legal system, was put in place in Japan from the 7th to 10th centuries. As Kitamaebune ships flourished in the Edo period, the Seto Inland Sea contributed to the progress and development of modern Japan. Professor Chihiro Kato views the Seto Inland Sea from the perspective of its support for the area’s inhabitants to the present day with its sea and mountain bounties as well as modern industry.
Contributing writer: Chihiro Kato, Professor at Doshisha University
Chapter 3 The Symphony of Nature and People
The Seto Inland Sea’s exquisite nature and unique climate, along with its diverse history and the culture fostered by our predecessors, are brought to life in the text and photos. Ryo Wada, author of Daughter of the Murakami Pirates, takes a closer look at the true circumstances of the pirates who dominated the Seto Inland Sea.
Contributing writers: Masanori Nishida (2000–2016 Dean, Faculty of Regional Promotion at Nara Prefectural University)
Ryo Wada (Author of Daughter of the Murakami Pirates)
Chapter 4 The Future as Seen from the Seto Inland Sea
Kosuke Motani analyzes the geographical features of the Seto Inland Sea, its connection to the shipbuilding industry, and the new value that will be generated in the future.
Contributing writer: Kosuke Motani (Senior Researcher, The Japan Research Institute, Limited)
Outline of TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING centennial commemorative publication
Title: Archipelago Travelogue
Editor: Archipelago Travelogue Production Committee
Publisher: TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd.
Production: DIAMOND, Inc.
Production Assistance: Editorship, SCR Communications
Binding/Text Design: Verso
Production Management: DIAMOND GRAPHIC CO., LTD.
Distributed to: Employees, former employee associations, cooperatives, associates, sales to the general public
■ About TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd.
Marking its 100th anniversary in 2017, TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan) is the anchor company of the TSUNEISHI Group, which mainly engages in shipbuilding and maritime transport. With manufacturing bases in Japan (Tsuneishi Factory, the HQ) and three overseas factories in the Philippines, China, and Paraguay, the company builds container carriers, tankers, cruise ship, 30,000-tonne to 180,000-tonne class bulk carriers, and other ships.
President: Kenji Kawano
Field of Business: Shipbuilding, ship repair
Established: July 1917
Capital: 100 million yen
Employees: 880 (as of December 2017)
Business Locations: Tsuneishi Factory (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan)
TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc. (Cebu Island, Philippines)
TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc. (Zhejiang Province, China)
ASTILLERO TSUNEISHI PARAGUAY S.A. (Villeta, Central, Paraguay) http://www.glocal-japan.com/southamerica/
MIHO SHIPYARD CO., LTD.
TSUNEISHI IRON WORKS Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan)
TSUNEISHI TRADING Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan)
TSUNEISHI ENGINEERING Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan)
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