Anecdotes related to Aids to Navigation

 

(1)Lighthouse Memorial Day 
 November the first is the Lighthouse Memorial Day. 
  0n November the first,1949,a memorial ceremony was held to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the lighting of the Kannonzaki Lighthouse,the first western style lighthouse in Japan. 
  The day has been since designated as the Lighthouse Memorial Day. 
Incidentally,it was the day that the construction of the lighthouse was commenced. 


(2)Bricks of the Original Kannonzaki Lighthouse 
 The original Kannonzaki lighthouse was built of brick. 
  64,600 bricks are said to have been used. 
  The bricks were made at the Yokosuka Steel Works(later a shipbuilding company)underthe supervision of a French engineer. 
  The lighthouse was destroyed by the earthquake of 1922. 
  The bricks were all marked with the name“Yokosuka Seitetsu-sho”. 
  Even today,the bricks are found under the cliffs of the lighthouse. 


(3)Marine Day 
  July the 20th is the Marine Day.In 1876,Emperor Meiji inspected north east Japan, 
and returned from Aomori to Yokohama on the most up-to-date lighthouse inspection vessel the“Meiji Maru”. 
  As the Emperor arrived safely in Yokohama on July the 20th, 
the day was designated as a national holiday in 1996. 
  The Marine Day has a wide connection with aids to navigation activities. 


(4)The Pharos Lighthouse 
  The Pharos Lighthouse on an island at the mouth of Alexandria Bay is the oldest lighthouse recorded in history, and is famous as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 
  In ancient Egypt,built in 279 B.C., inside thick castle walls stand a high tower of 135 m with many large rooms within the tower. 
  On the top of the tower in front of a reflecting mirror of granite,Priests burned coconut wood to keep the fire burning at all times. 
  It. is said that the fire was visible at a distance as far as 100km away. 
  This legendary lighthouse was damaged by several disasters and was destroyed in the 14th century. 
  The word Pharos was later used for lighthouses and other aids to navigation as a whole, and it is the origin of the word“pharology”(lighthouse architecture). 


(5)An Illusion of a Lighthouse at Shiriyazaki 
  The Shiriyazaki Lighthouse at the end of the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture was attacked at the end of World War U and was completely destroyed under the ocean. 
  Engineer Murao died in the radio communication room on duty. 
  The following year,rumors were spread that a light could be seen in the window slightly lower than the destroyed light room. 
  Later,several fishermen came to the lighthouse and reported that when they were drifting with engine trouble in a deep fog,they were able to find the light of the lighthouse and were able to land on the near shore. 
  From the vessel operating company an inquiry came to ask about the light of the Shiriyazaki Lighthouse. 
  The stairs were damaged and it was impossible to climb the stairs to turn on the light at night,spreading rumors as a mysterious light. 
  In August,a temporary light was installed and the rumors disappeared. 
  But it is still believed that the spirit of the deceased engineer Murao turned on the light. 


(6)The Tunnel at Cape Kamui 
 The Kamuimjsaki Lighthouse at the end of the Shakotan Peninsula in Hokkaido is located about 4 km from the nearest village, in a location where there were hardly any roads,and people stepped on one stone to the next,fearing the fall of stones from above.In 1911,When three members of the families of the staff went to buy the daily food,they were overtaken by huge waves. 
 The people of the village decided to dig a tunnel to console the souls of the victims and to secure a safe passage. 
  The work on the tunnel was started from both ends,but unfortunately the two holes did not meet In the center. 
  The people rang the bell and prayed for help. 
  The bell informed the direction to proceed and the tunnel was completed. 
  Under these circumstances,the tunnel is called the“Prayer Tunnel”. 
  The tunnel of 60 meters in length is dark inside,as the ceiling is low with a curve in the middle Part it is said that peoplepass the tunnel praying for the three Victims.