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Okayama Prefecture Tamano City
Natural Beauty and the Background of Tamano City.

Tamano is located by the Seto Inland Sea. The climate is mild and the natural landscape is superb. 
This area was once an island off coast called “Kibino-Anami” formed with sediment from the Takahashi, Asahi and Yoshii Rivers. 
The land was reclaimed in Edo era(ca. 1830). Tamano has one of the major trade ports in Japan, Uno Port. Main industry in Tamano is shipbuilding.

Governor Higaki(1851-1929)

Higaki Nosuke, the governor of Okayama Prefecture had an idea to open the port in 1898, then worked on the planning in 1906. He said, “We need Uno Port as a sea gateway for Okayama Prefecture”. Modern Uno Port was opened in 1909 which was designated as the first trading port in Okayama Prefecture in 1930. Since then the port has been contributing to the development of Tamano City. You will find a bronze statue of Mr. Higaki in the Uno Port Park.

The Origin of Uno Port

The major industries of this village were salt making and fishing.
It is said that this port was established around 1583, and when Hideyoshi Toyotomi
built Osaka Castle, a great deal of stone was carried from Uno Port.
This port was completed as a railway ferry terminal between Honshyu and Shikoku
in 1910.
It opened as the first trading port in Okayama in 1930 and was designated as one of the important ports in the country in 1951.
Now, it has been refurbished as a major port for passenger boats.

Nature and history of Tamano Google-Map

A wellspring of new solutions.

Mitsui E&S group will evolve into an engineering teamthat creates social value.

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To become an engineering team that creates social value for the next 100 years, we are introducing some major innovations. In April 2018, we took a new step by reorganizing into a holding company structure and changing our name from the Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Group to the Mitsui E&S Group. Reorganizing the three business segments of the former MES Group, namely the Ship & Ocean Project segment, the Machinery & Systems segment and the Engineering segment, into operating companies under the holding company structure, we will strive to further boost their respective value by accelerating strategic planning and implementation, making flexible changes in strategies in light of shifts in the operating environment, executing bold strategies such as mergers and acquisitions or business tie-ups with outside companies, and refining our business focus. At the same time, as a holding company, Mitsui E&S Holdings will strive to strengthen collaboration among individual operating companies with increased business independence and with other companies in the Group. Mitsui E&S Holdings will also work to develop management plans and strategies for the overall Group so as to build an organic sense of unity based on close links among the Group companies, and to concentrate its management resources on the three business domains defined as growth areas in the Group’s long-term vision, with a view to increasing its corporate value and growth potential and securing stable profitability. The Mitsui E&S Group, which was founded as a shipbuilder, has evolved into an engineering group with more than 100 affiliates in Japan and overseas. The Group will provide solutions to the needs of the market and society by working together to combine its diverse resources and products and maximize its strengths.

Takao Tanaka
President / Representative Director & CEO

Corporate Info:

Mitsui E&S Holdings CO., Ltd.:
Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd. (hereinafter called the former MES Group) started its business in 1917 as a shipbuilding department of Mitsui & Co. in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture.

Since established in 1917 as the Shipbuilding Division of Former Mitsui & Co. in Tamano City (Presently), Okayama Pref. its shipbuilding technology has been diversified, developed and extensively applied to many fields, such as production of industrial machinery production diesel engines, chemical plants construction, social infrastructure projects including bridges, logistic systems, i container cranes and environmental equipments.
The Launching Ceremony of the Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding is carried out at the Tamano Works (shipyard) of Tamano City, Okayama Pref.

Mitsui E&S Holdings Co., Ltd.:
Welcome to the Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd.
Tamano Works (shipyard) always opens its launching ceremonies to the public.
Why don’t you visit the launching ceremony of a large ship to witness her birth.

By car from UNO Port 15 minutes

For reference
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Tourism Center: Tel 0863-21-3486 e-mail: info@tamanokankou.com
Uno Port- Object of Black sea bream
Tamano lyceum, The planning under construction

Tamahime Shrine

This region once had coves, and the boulder in Tamahime Shrine once stood on the shore. People moored to this boulder and often visited here.
It is said that, one night, three fireballs burst out from this boulder.
The first flew to Garyu Inari Shrine ; the second one flew to Saidaiji Temple and the third one flew to Ushimado.
Tamahime Shrine is dedicated to the Toyotama Princess Otohime of Ryugu Castle from the famous story.

Ukou Railway Ferry Ruins

When the Ukou Railway Ferry between Honshu and Shikoku was opened in 1910,the name of Uno Port became one of the most important ferry terminals in japan.
With the opening of the Seto Ohashi in 1988, Ukou Tailway Ferry service was ended. 
Only the remains of the second berth are left now at Uno Port.

The conservation of an old Tamano Electric Train.

Binan Electric Tramway was opened in 1953, but fell into disuse in 1972.
This old train car is displayed in the “Comprehensive Health Center”at Okutama, which was the last stop on the line.

Mt.Takabe has hilly districts.

You can get a fine view of Naoshima, Shodoshima and Teshima Island from Mt.Takabe. 
It also has a trekking course, which takes about 40 minutes to complete.

Chikkou Hachiman Shrine

Originally, this ground was named the Hirogata Salt Field. The Shiogama Shrine here was dedicated to the Salt Pot God. 
At the end of the Meiji era, Chikkou Hachiman Shrine was built in the same precincts of this shrine. The new shrine was moved here from Tai Hachiman Shrine.

The mikoshi is paraded down this street when there’s a festival.

Uno Hachiman Shrine

When this hill was still an island, the Jingu Empress called here and stayed for several days. 
Some fishermen’s wives carried a huge sea bream on their heads and presented it to the Empress.
It is said that after that event, many fisherman’s wives put fish on their heads and participated in the annual Autumn Festival ceremony in October.

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