Posted by: Ayu
Hi there! This is Ayu from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
In November, I was writing about my trip to Sado Island, and this is a sequel after a month.
Last time I wrote about TOKI bird.
After visiting Toki-no mori koen, I visited here.
Sado Nishi-Mikawa Gold Park！
Sado island has a gold mine "Sado Kinzan" and was a biggest producer of gold between 17th and 20th century.
The mine was closed in 1989, but some of the areas are open to public as park or museum.
In?Nishi-Mikawa Gold Park, there is a museum where we can learn about the history of gold mines all over Japan as well as Sado's.
Unfortunatelly, the signs for exhibitions are all only in Japanese, but I'd like to introduce one attracttion everyone can enjoy.
Can you guess what they're doing?
They are finding gold from sand in the water!
The water and sand are from the river in this park.
You can also challange more difficult course, discovering gold in that real river, but I tried the beginner's course this time.
To find gold, we use a special pan.
First, dig the sand in the water with the pan, and swing the pan near the surface of the water in circular motion.
Gold is lighter than sand, so as the sand flows back into the water, gold still remain in the pan.
My mom and I was so concentrated lol
After trying for about 30 minutes, I found several pieces of gold.
You can take it home as a souvenir!
It was not very easy, but I'm sure it will make you forget the time!
See you around^^
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Posted by: Ayu (December 15, 2015 6:36 PM)