The Old Hokuriku Kaido - Exploring a Forgotten Highway


27m 00s
Broadcast on January 30, 2023 Available until January 30, 2024

Japan's pre-modern network of highways, the Kaido, is now largely forgotten. In the first of a series, we explore the Old Hokuriku Kaido between Fukui and Niigata Prefectures, discovering unique local cultures inspired by travelers on the old highway. We visit post stations that provided food and rest, the castle town of Kanazawa with its wooden machiya townhouses, and meet an artist in glass. At Takada, the end of the Kaido, we discover a tradition of Battenberg lace making that dates back to the 19th century.

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