Kagawa - The Pursuit of Excellence
Facing the Seto Inland Sea, sunny Kagawa Prefecture historically overcame a lack of natural resources and water through skill and hard work. Despite having no local bamboo or paper, Kagawa artisans created paper fans famed for their quality. Bonsai grow well in this dry climate, and Kagawa's have won fans worldwide. After a taste of Wasanbon sweets, prized for centuries for their delicate sweetness, we cross to a small island to sample soy sauce made the traditional way. A trip of tough but rewarding climbs, reflecting the spirit of Kagawa.
Paper fans, as light as a mayfly's wings
A farming family shows off their over 100-year old bonsai
Finely crafted traditional sweets
Wooden barrels - the first step in making soy sauce