Otama Village and Andes Exhibition, August 10, 2016 (大玉村 と アンデス展 2016年8月10日)

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Photo above is a view of Otama Village with green rice fields and a true sky as of today. Late Yokichi Nouchi from this village moved to Peru in 1917 together with 20 other people in Fukushima. He has finally become a Machupicchu Village mayor there. The village includes large-scale ruins of Inca Empire, which is a world heritage. Last year, Otama Village and Machupicchu Village reached a friendship city agreement.

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An exhibition featuring Yokichi Nouchi and Andes civilization which includes Inca Empire is now being held at adjacent Nihonmatsu City Interaction Center. A nephew of Yokichi, Takao Nouchi is attending the exhibition and he explains details about his uncle to the visitors. Yokichi, after changing among several places, finally settled at Machupicchu area, and contributed to the region, introducing tap water system from nearby river, building a hydroelectric power station for electricity, developing railroad between the area and a large city of Cuzco, which was 70km apart and 1000m higher in altitude. At the time, massive ruins of Inca Empire were found and he helped archaeologists from across the world providing hotels and local guide. He attracted trust of local people and became the first village mayor of Machupicchu. A brief description above explains his life.

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Machupicchu ruins of Inca Empire, which is a world heritage, looks as shown above in a large display at the exhibition. The empire prospered in the 15th century, but it has been forgotten after colonized by Spain in the 16th century, until it was discovered in the early 20th century. The altitude of the site is 2,430m above sea level.

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At the exhibit, some of the older artifacts of Andes civilization are also being displayed. Photo above shows a clay figure from 1200 to 800 B.C., which was excavated at northern coastal region of Peru.

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Photos above show some of the earthenware excavated at Moche ruins in the northern coastal area of Peru. Each of them feature wildcat, crab, or human face of some high-ranked person. All of these are from between 50 B.C. and 600 A.D. The exhibition lasts until 28th of August.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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