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Experience traditional craftsmanship and learn about Kagoshima's cultural history at a historic daimyo garden.

Weaving Tradition - A Journey through Kagoshima's Culture

Oshima Tsumugi," a tradition of the Amami Islands south of Kagoshima, is a premier silk fabric that represents Japan and is also known as one of the three great textiles of the world. The creation of these textiles involves more than 30 meticulous processes and can take six months to a year to complete. A unique feature of Oshima Tsumugi is its "mud dyeing" technique, which uses a decoction of locally grown plants and iron-rich mud to produce a deep, glossy black reminiscent of a crow's wet feathers. The artistry of weaving dyed silk threads into intricate traditional patterns is a hallmark of Oshima Tsumugi.

With the plan we present, you can fully immerse yourself in the profound world of Oshima Tsumugi in Amami, its place of origin. Visit established Oshima Tsumugi shops, tour weaving studios, and engage in conversations with artisans to deepen your understanding of this craft. There is a wide variety of Oshima Tsumugi products, ranging from traditional kimonos to contemporary clothing, accessories and small items. Trying them on and finding your favorite can be an enjoyable part of the experience.

In addition, you can enjoy an exclusive tea ceremony experience at the teahouse of the "Former Shimazu Clan Tamazato Residence Garden," a nationally designated scenic spot. This is an opportunity not only to appreciate Oshima Tsumugi, but also to experience various aspects of Amami, Kagoshima and Japanese cultural charm. Enjoy this special moment that satisfies your intellectual curiosity.

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