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Kurashiki and the Story of Fiber
East Meets West through the Planting of Cotton

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The area around present day Kurashiki was reclaimed to develop the local economy some 400 years ago.
Cotton and soft rush were planted to supply the woven textile industries for tabi socks and hanamushiro rush grass mats.
These fiber industries flourished after Western technology was introduced to the area during the Meiji period (1868-1912), and continued to develop by combining Japanese tradition with this imported technology, making Kurashiki the largest fiber producer in Japan.
This large area of reclaimed land created considerable wealth and as a result many large storehouses and magnificent merchant houses were built during the Edo period (1603-1668).
As the cotton spinning industry rapidly grew and prospered, many western-style buildings were constructed by the city’s wealthy elite.
These buildings symbolize Kurashiki’s modern development and are attractive features of the landscape that continue to delight visitors to this day.

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CULTURAL PROPERTIES

AREA

Kurashiki City (Okayama Prefecture)

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(Hakubi Line・Sanin Main Line)~JR Kurashiki Sta.
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Sanyo Shinkansen)~JR Shin-Kurashiki(Sanyo Main Line)~JR Kurashiki Sta.
  • Car
    • Kurashiki IC・Tamashima IC(Sanyo Expressway)、Kojima IC・Mizushima IC・Hayashima IC(Seti-Chuo Expressway)~Kurashiki City
  • Airplane
    • Okayama Airport(Airport Bus)~JR Kurashiki Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • Tokyo・Osaka~Kurashiki City

CONTACT

  • Japan Heritage Promotion Office, Kurasiki City Planning and Finance Bureau
  • TEL:086-426-3018

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Kurashiki and the Story of Fiber

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