15,000 years ago, the ice age which lasted tens of thousands of years came to an end. The earth's temperature rose, and nature began to show its seasonal colors in the Japanese islands.
People chose to live with the fertile lands. They rowed out to the seas, climbed the mountains and gathered into villages.
Thus started the Jomon Culture.
The Jomon people observed their surroundings, the ocean, mountains and rivers, and invented crafts and technologies to fit their environment.
Such knowledge was accumulated in the villages, and sent out to the world through trade. From the wisdom gained from their surrounding nature sprang the Jomon culture.
Tools were not the only discoveries found in the Jomon sites. Artifacts holding the spirit of the Jomon era were also uncovered.
A clay tablets with impression of feet. A Hollow Clay Figure (Chuku-Dogu) named Kakku, a national treasure. Hear their whispers bringing us memories of the past.
Today the Jomon culture is gathering attention from around the world. Among the many civilizations in history that rise and fall, the Jomon culture lasted for over 10, 000 years.
Being precious treasures of humanity, the 15 Jomon ruins distributed in Hokkaido and northern Tohoku, including Hakodate's Ofune Ruins, are enlisted in the proposed list for becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site (envisioned for 2015.)