Food & Crafts
Located on the Inland Sea, Himeji is blessed with an abundance of choice
fresh seafood. Seafood lovers take note. Sake lovers, too, for Himeji is
known for its many brands of local sake, made from Yamada nishiki rice,
which is said to be the best for making sake.
Tamatsubaki, a camellia-shaped sweet with a black-eyed pea filling, is another
Skilled crafts have been much a part of Himeji history and local artisans
still produce a variety of outstanding products. For 51 generations, the
Myochin family has been making specially tempered metal products. As wind
chimes and door chimes, Myochin hibashi (tongs) are famous for their inimitable
Always popular are the colorful hand-painted masks and toys of Himeji hariko
(papier-mache), each made using techniques brought from China
in the 16th century. Wooden Himeyama dolls, with their old-fashioned page-boy
hairdos and sweet expressions, are also each carved by hand. Handlathed
Himeji tops are prized for their lovely shapes and colors and for spinning
a long time. And Himeji leather goods, especially those made of white leather,
are known worldwide for their elegance and quality.
Information: Call the Tourist Information Center at 079-287-0003.
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