Takashima Coal Mine is part of the Unesco World Heritage site inscribed under the name ‘Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining’. A group of sites that played an important part in the industrialization of Japan from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century.
Coal was needed in vast quantities for the Industrial Revolution. Located on Takashima Island, the Takashima Coal mine was Japan’s First Steam Engine-Powered Shaft Mine. The first Japanese coal mine that worked with western technology. The postcard shows the open collar of Hokkei Pit.