If you come to 鏡野 (Kagamino) park in 土佐山田 (Tosayamda) town on a Saturday or Sunday middle of October, you’ll find many people there. What are they doing? It seems to be a festival. As you can see the picture, there are so many cutlery. We Japanese call cutlery to 刃物 (Hamono). That’s why this festival is called ‘Hamono festival’.
But what is Tosa-uchi-hamono? We’ll get to that, but first, about the festival. Continue reading The Hamono Festival
A car went through the lane, and a flag came into view. A shop was surrounded by private houses. I opened the door, the shop was jammed with big flags. Wherever I looked, there were big flags. Many famous characters which figure in history or are popular among children and adults were painted on these flags.
“I’m happy that you came, though it’s rainy today.” Continue reading Furafu: Friend of Koinobori
It was a heavy rainy day when I visited the sake factory in my home town of Kure. I went to that store after, I don’t know, several years, and it had not changed at all. It’s an old Japanese building and at the front of the factory hangs a brown sakabayashi the symbol of sake making. Continue reading Jizake in Kochi
The sound of dripping water can be heard in a small room and a man who wears casual clothes and an old woman who wears an apron are working to make special paper. They rinse out materials from the water which includes a paste made from plant extracts.
This is the way Tosawashi has been made for ages. They make many kinds of special paper but it takes so much time. To make, or “pull”, a piece of paper, the whole process is repeated 300 to 350 times. Continue reading Making Tosawashi