Building materials used in ECORU Togoshi
Shinagawa City is promoting collaborative projects with local governments all over Japan.
With ECORU Togoshi, we aim to create a base that brings these bonds together, and so we use building materials and furniture from partner local governments in this facility.
Plates are attached to various parts of the facility to indicate which parts of building materials were made in what places. We hope that you will search for these plates, and take interest in Shinagawa City and its partner local governments.
Municipalities that have exchanges with Shinagawa City
Shinagawa City has signed individual agreements with seven local governments to conduct deeper exchanges.
As the population of Japan declines, collaboration between local governments is becoming more important in order for both regional local governments and those in central Tokyo to prosper.
A. Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture – Disaster Mutual Assistance
Agreement (signed January 2002)
Miyako is located in the center of Sanriku Fukko National Park, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is known for fishing and tourism, and it Is the perfect place to enjoy the seafood of the Sanriku Coast, including salmon, Hanami oysters, sea urchins, and abalone. Visitors can also enjoy magnificent views at Sanriku Geopark, including the easternmost cape of Honshu island Capet Todo, the national scenic spot Jodogahama, and the uniquely shaped rock Sannoiwa.
B. Tomioka Town, Fukushima Prefecture – Disaster Mutual Assistance
Agreement (signed April 2005)
Tomioka is located in the center of the Hamadori Region of Fukushima Prefecture, and has a 2.2 kilometer long cherry tree lined road with a hundred year history, known as Sakura Tunnel. Currently, due to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, residents of the area have been forced to evacuate, and local government offices have been relocated to Koriyama City.
*Planned to use building materials from 2022 onwards.
C. Otaki Town, Chiba Prefecture – Disaster Mutual Assistance Agreement
(signed December 2019)
Otaki is located in the center of the Boso Peninsula of Chiba Prefecture, and is surrounded by greenery, with forests occupying about 70% of its total area. It prospered as a castle town since ancient times, and is also known for Otaki Castle being the domain of Honda Tadakatsu, one of the four great generals who served Tokugawa Ieyasu.
*Lumber from Otaki is not used for building materials, but rather furniture in the facility.
D. Yamakita Town, Kanagawa Prefecture – Water and Greenery Experience
Exchange Agreement (signed April 1988), Disaster Mutual Assistance
Agreement (signed March 1995)
Yamakita is located in the western part of Kanagawa Prefecture, and has many attractions including the mountainous areas of Tanzawa Oyama National Park and Kanagawa Prefectural Natural Park, as well as historically important hot springs, local history, and culture.
E. Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture – Agreement on Collaboration Between
Shinagawa City and Sakai City (signed September 2019)
Sakai is located in the northern part of Fukui Prefecture, is blessed with delicious seafood such as Echizen crab, and is the birthplace of Koshihikari rice. Visitors can enjoy both history and nature, as the city is home to Maruoka Castle, which has the only surviving castle tower in the entire Hokuriku Region, as well as Tojinbo, a location selected as one of the 100 best sunset views in Japan.
F. Kochi Prefecture – Agreement on Collaboration Between Shinagawa
City and Kochi Prefecture (signed September 2018)
Kochi is a treasure trove of delicious foods, blessed with the magnificent scenery of the Pacific Ocean, the steep slopes of the Shikoku Mountains, and the clear waters of the Shimanto River. It is the home of many great historical figures such as Ryoma Sakamoto, and is also the birthplace of the Yosakoi Festival.
G. Hayakawa Town, Yamanashi Prefecture – Furusato Exchange Agreement
(signed April 1990), Disaster Mutual Assistance Agreement (signed
Hayakawa is located in the southwestern part of Yamanashi Prefecture, surrounded by the Southern Japanese Alps. Forests cover 96% of the town’s land, making it a beautiful place with rich natural scenery, selected as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Japan.”
Trees from Tokyo Tama Timber
Shinagawa City also uses wood grown in the Tama area of western Tokyo. By engaging in “local production for local consumption” using Tama timber inside Tokyo, we can help revitalize the forestry industry and protect forests in all of Tokyo.
With Ecoru Togoshi, we are working to contribute to the conservation of forests in various regions by using timber from the Tama area in Tokyo and our partner local governments across Japan, and continuing to promote the user of timber in the future.
Timber utilization promoted by Shinagawa City
By using wood, can we can encourage the growth of rich forests.
In addition to absorbing carbon dioxide, forests acts as dams by storing rainwater and draining it little by little, thereby preventing landslides. Forests also produce edible mushrooms and edible wild plants, in addition to the timber we take for granted, so they are essential to us. In order to protect and cultivate forests, we need to actively use wood in order to promote cycle of tree growth.
Four benefits gained by using wood
1. Maintaining healthy forests
By repeating the process of felling, using, and planting trees, we can keep forests healthy, and maintain their function of absorbing carbon dioxide.
2. Creating comfortable spaces
We can create comfortable interior spaces with wood, which removes moisture, absorbs sound, and gives a feeling of warmth.
3. Less energy is required for processing
Wood is easier to process than iron or concrete, allowing us to reduce the amount of energy used for processing.
4. Inheritance of culture
We can spread Japanese wood culture, which has been used in every aspect of Japanese life since ancient times.