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Minatoya-Yasuda : Trade and Family names [屋号と苗字 ]


A very normal family tomb nearby Japanese Sea coast.. It's of Yasuda or Minatoya which is originated in beginning of 19 centuries.. It could be around 1805, in another word in 2nd year of Bunka which was end period of Shogun family Tokugawa[note 1]



Such sceneries have been seen in centuries along Japanese Sea coast. And settlements of farming and fishing village have been quietly scattered here and there where the sand beach has been formed..


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There was a tiny ''harbour 湊''. There should be fishing boats, and could be rather big ships too. Indeed Ri-u-e-mo-n 利右衛門 might have big one. He was 2nd Riuemon born in 1837 died in 1920 [note 02], and created own business brand defined as 屋号 Ya-gou. It means literally the name of store. Today saying it ''Trade mark''. Ya-gou is often used to take a character of ''the store 屋'' like the suffix. [note 03]

You find here a peaceful village. Once this village was so, filled with young and old generations. Now is the fact that, except a few children of the elementary school, there are mostly just old people. Their sons and daughters moved to cities where millions of inhabitants lives. It is just one of the examples of depopulation phenomenon in rural areas.

The house of Minato-ya 湊屋 stood at same location recognized in this picture ; at center in front line by beach. There I was born.

DSC_0241 Minatoya Yasuda
初代 湊屋 安田 利右衛門 此処に眠る
Founder Minatoya Yasuda Riuemon sleeps here

01. Bunka era→文化(1808-1818)
02. February 13, 1875 (Meiji era→明治 8th year). The law of Family name. Certainly all normal Japanese like farmer and fisher should have Family name..
03 In addition ''store or shop'' means also artist name, socalled Pseudonym like 'Pen name'. For example, ''Trade mark'' of filmstar or ''Kabuki' actor. .
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Victor Westhoff(1916-2001)碑文Hij observeertからのHNを本名と苗字に先立つ屋号に変更。ウエストホフは生物フローラの相互生息環境を丹念に観察したBiotop概念の先駆者。ザザーッとフィールドを歩きつつ、こぼれ見える外史/雑人/雑草の風景


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