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Indigo Dyeing

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Traditional dyeing techniques that embody the history and tradition of this natural blue dye in Japan

SETOUCHI Tourism Authority


Indigo is one of the world’s oldest forms of dye, with a history of over 1,200 years in Japan. It continues to play a part in modern culture, as the logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was the color of indigo. Indigo once had a very martial association in Japan, as the padding beneath warriors’ armor was dyed indigo because of its anti-sweat and medicinal properties. In the Edo period (1603-1867), indigo dye became ubiquitous, and until the mid-20th century, everyone from postal workers to train drivers wore clothes dyed in indigo.

The “Ai no Yakata” is a newly built museum in a house that has survived from the Edo period to convey the history of indigo to the present, including cultivation methods and tools. Here, groups and individual visitors can enjoy a variety of indigo dyeing experiences, creating their own handkerchiefs, towels, or bandanas.


How to get there


Take the train from Shin-Osaka Station to Maiko Station (about 55 minutes), and then take a highway bus to Tokushima Station (about 1 hour and 20 minutes). Tokushima Station is about a 25-minute drive from Tokushima Station.


172 Tokumei Maezunishi, Aizumi-cho, Itano-gun, Tokushima-ken


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