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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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Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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Traditional Handicrafts


Kurume kasuri (splashed pattern fabric)

Tradition has it that the manufacture of cotton textiles became widespread in the present-day city of Kurume in Fukuoka Prefecture when the feudal lord who governed this region admonished the people for their desire for luxury and encouraged them to wear cotton garments. In the 19th century, a skilled weaver by the name of Den Inoue, while still a teenager, carried out extensive research and experimented with different weaving techniques, eventually developing a style of weaving in which parts of the textile appear to have a splashed pattern. This style of weaving, kasuri, became greatly prized and quickly spread across the region. After World War II automated looms spread quickly, but traditional hand weaving techniques are still preserved in this region. Kurume-kasuri was designated a traditional craft in 1976.

Kurume-shi, Fukuoka

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