Mr. Yamamoto, Yamamoto-san
The Odori mine was near the town of Takayama which located in the mountains between Nagoya and Toyama. The name of the mine owner is Yamamoto-san, he is 87 years old now and is retired and he closed his mine a few years ago although he had not dug for the last 20. As a young man he worked in other mines before he dug his own, and Yamamoto-san also worked as a wholesale stone dealer who delivered and sold stones on a monthly route that included some travel on a motorcycle to barbers and carpentry shops. He has been my mentor for about 8 years and he and his wife live in a small town near Nagoya.