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?
<em>Reporter:</em> Loretta Scott
<em>Access</em><br />20 mins by train from Meitetsu Nagoya Sta. to Arimatsu Sta.<br /><br />From Arimatsu Sta.<br />- 4 mins on foot to Arimatsu Tie-Dyeing Museum <br />- 3 mins on foot to Consortium Arimatsu<br /> Arimatsu kimono experience: 3 hrs<br /> Volunteer tour guide: 1.5 hrs<br />*Note that most businesses open only on weekends and public holidays.
- 15 mins on foot to Shibori-Dyeing Kuno-Studio<br /> Tie-dyeing experience (Tenugui)<br />- 2 mins on foot to Marimomen<br />- 5 mins on foot to Kukuru<br /><br /><em>Fukuyose-Bina:</em> March<br />Contact the Shibori-no-Nakahama-Shoten<br /><br /><em>Arimatsu Shibori Festival:</em> First weekend in June<br />Contact the Arimatsu Float Hall<br /><br /><em>Arimatsu Floats Festival:</em> First Sunday in October<br />Contact the Arimatsu Tie-Dyeing Museum<br /><br /><br /><em>A Feminine Fascination with Swords<br /><br />Museums We Introduced:</em><br />Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo) <br />5 mins by train from Tokyo Sta. to Ueno Sta., then 10 mins on foot<br /><br />The Tokugawa Art Museum (Nagoya)<br />20 mins by bus from Nagoya Sta. to Tokugawaen Shindeki bus stop, then 3 mins on foot<br /><br />Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum (Gifu Pref.)<br />1 hr 30 mins by train from Nagoya Sta. to Hamonokaikanmae Sta., then 5 mins on foot