It is said that stone work in Hira originated with a clan who came over to Japan from Korea about 1,000 years ago. At the foot of Mt. Hira there lies a large quantity of granite which does not absorb water easily, so in Minami-Komatsu, stone work has been carried out extensively from old times. Goshu lanterns made of granite and andesite, which are both fine and resistant to weathering, are especially famous.
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