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Hakomotokan Konya Indigo Dyeing Studio

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A historic indigo dye house offering workshops and a goldfish museum

Hakomotokan Konya

 

 

Oust 4 minutes by train from Nara is the historic castle city of Yamato-Koriyama. It offers two fascinating reasons to visit – indigo dying and goldfish. Pay a visit to Hakomotokan Konya, to learn more about both.

 

When Koriyama Castle was rebuilt in the late 16th century, a district specializing in indigo dyeing was set up. Depart JR Koriyama Station and you will see a stream running along the main street. This street was once full of dye houses. Hakomotokan Konya is an indigo dyeing studio housed in a restored indigo dyer's house, that is actually the oldest house in the city.

 

Inside Hakomotokan Konya you'll find a small museum of art and antiques related to the city's heritage of goldfish breeding. The fish were mainly nurtured by samurai as a hobby and to supplement their income during the mid-Edo period (18th-19th century). Still today Yamato-Koriyama is one of the top goldfish producing cities in Japan. Hakomotokan Konya’s stunning goldfish collection has more than 1,000 art and objects relating to these big eyed, golden yellow and orange fish.
 

Make your own original souvenir of your visit to Yamato-Koriyama in an indigo dyeing workshop at Hakomotokan Konya. A master dyer will guide you through indigo dyeing a handkerchief or a bandana with indigo that has been prepared using centuries old methods. Indigo dye is made by fermenting natural indigo plants. It is thanks to the abundance of cotton and water in this area that the dyeing craftsmanship prospered in Yamato-Koriyama.

 

Book a dyeing experience ahead of your visit to Yamato-Koriyama to avoid missing out. Hakomotokan Konya is open Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays). Admission to the goldfish museum and indigo products shop is free, with an extra charge for the indigo dyeing workshops. See Hakomotokan Konya’s website for full details.

 

How to get there

 

Yamato-Koriyama is 4 minutes by train from Nara or 40 minutes by train from Osaka. Hakomotokan Konya indigo dye studio is 5 minutes walk from Kintetsu Koriyama Station or 10 minutes walk from JR Koriyama Station.

 

 

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