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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
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Traditional Handicrafts


Miyakonojo daikyu (archery bows)

Miyakonojo-daikyu (lit. great bows) are made in the city of Miyakonojo in the south of Miyazaki Prefecture. Japanese bows are made of bamboo, and bow-making was a thriving industry here from about the 18th century onward due to the large amount of bamboo produced in this region. Archery survived as a martial art even into modern times, with production growing even further and bows being sent to other parts of East Asia. 90% of the bows in Japan are produced in this region today. As all the processes involved in bow-making, including finding the right bamboo, are carried out by a single craftsman, it is said to take over ten years to master the traditional techniques for each process. Around ten bow makers work here now, and Miyakonojo-daikyu bows were designated a traditional craft in 1994.

Miyakonojo-shi, Miyazaki

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