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 no local bamboo or paper, Kagawa artisans created paper fans famed for their quality. We get a look at how those fans are made. Then, after sampling 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
Finely crafted traditional sweets
Wooden barrels -- the first step in making soy sauce
Our final stop is found up a steep road