The Crinkly World of Tie-Dyeing & Women's Fascination with Swords
Our reporter visits Arimatsu in Nagoya, a leading producer of tie-dyed fabrics once coveted as souvenirs around Japan. She marvels at the artisans' dexterity and speed and wanders through this 400-year-old town, once a post town on the old Tokaido highway, in a tie-dyed kimono with a guide. She also tries her hand at simple tie-dyeing, and checks out prettily designed products and chic tie-dyed leather goods. Also, Japanese swords are recently enjoying popularity among Japanese females. But why?

The Crinkly World of Tie-Dyeing

Reporter: Loretta Scott
Access
20 mins by train from Meitetsu Nagoya Sta. to Arimatsu Sta.

From Arimatsu Sta.
- 4 mins on foot to Arimatsu Tie-Dyeing Museum
- 3 mins on foot to Consortium Arimatsu
  Arimatsu kimono experience: 3 hrs
  Volunteer tour guide: 1.5 hrs
*Note that most businesses open only on weekends and public holidays.
- 15 mins on foot to Shibori-Dyeing Kuno-Studio
  Tie-dyeing experience (Tenugui)
- 2 mins on foot to Marimomen
- 5 mins on foot to Kukuru

Fukuyose-Bina: March
Contact the Shibori-no-Nakahama-Shoten

Arimatsu Shibori Festival: First weekend in June
Contact the Arimatsu Float Hall

Arimatsu Floats Festival: First Sunday in October
Contact the Arimatsu Tie-Dyeing Museum

A Feminine Fascination with Swords

Museums We Introduced:

Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo)
5 mins by train from Tokyo Sta. to Ueno Sta., then 10 mins on foot

The Tokugawa Art Museum (Nagoya)
20 mins by bus from Nagoya Sta. to Tokugawaen Shindeki bus stop, then 3 mins on foot

Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum (Gifu Pref.)
1 hr 30 mins by train from Nagoya Sta. to Hamonokaikanmae Sta., then 5 mins on foot