Aizu-Wakamatsu’s New Kimono Rental Shop

Tsuruga Kimono Rental Shop (English-language website here) opened up in April in central Aizu-Wakamatsu City. Its main store is located right next to Tsurugajo Castle. We headed over a couple of weeks ago to find out more about the shop and the experience it offers! Tsurugajo Kaikan The main store is inside Tsurugajo Kaikan (map),Continue reading Aizu-Wakamatsu’s New Kimono Rental Shop

History of Dekoyashiki Craft District

Last week I visited Takashiba Dekoyashiki – somewhere that I have wanted to visit since first coming to Fukushima! “Takashiba Dekoyashiki” is the name given to a group of 4 residences-turned-museums-and-shops that make traditional crafts in Takashiba district of Koriyama City. Each of these 4 residences is open for the public to come and visitContinue reading History of Dekoyashiki Craft District

Make Your Own Glass Souvenirs at the World Glassware Hall

After visiting it a few weeks ago, I would say that Inawashiro’s World Glassware Hall (世界のガラス館) is pretty underrated as a spot for tourists to visit. The World Glassware Hall exhibits over 25,000 items of carefully designed and handcrafted glass from all around the world. A majority of the glassware on display is for sale,Continue reading Make Your Own Glass Souvenirs at the World Glassware Hall

Tsunoda Lacquer Art Studio & Sunken Gold Painting Experience in Urabandai

    Last week I visited Tsunoda Lacquer Art Workshop (角田漆芸工房) in Kitashiobara Village, Urabandai Area. There’s a huge variety of lacquerware products on display and for sale at Tsunoda san’s workshop – many of which Tsunoda san painted himself.   The production of Aizu Lacquerware is the beautiful result of the hard work andContinue reading Tsunoda Lacquer Art Studio & Sunken Gold Painting Experience in Urabandai

Miura’s Enchanting Workshop & Aizu Lacquerware

Among the winding historical streets of Aizu Wakamatsu City lies Miura Woodturning Workshop (三浦木工所). Miura Woodturning Workshop is run by Keiichi Miura, a fourth generation artisan who has been practicing woodturning for over 40 years. The Miura family is one of the few remaining families who shape wood to be used in producing Aizu Lacquerware.Continue reading Miura’s Enchanting Workshop & Aizu Lacquerware