Izu-Nagaoka Onsen was once a well-known silkworm-raising district in the past.
Mayudama-kazari was a decoration used in the past to celebrate harvest and to pray the increase of silk production.
However silkworm raising business was declined gradually since a large scale typhoon hit Kanogawa River in 1958, you can rarely seen any person who raising silkworms in this area these days. Mayudama-kazari had also disappeared from people’s life.
Izu-Nagaoka Onsen has become a famous sightseeing area since then. In order to serve tourists with a true spirit of hospitality, local residents have decided to make Mayudama-kazari revive once again.
Local residents made Mayudama-kazari with vivid colors by collecting and using Kimonos, a type of traditional Japanese garment for woman, from Ryokan’s landladies and Geishas who lived in a strict traditional style. Thanks to their efforts, tourists now can enjoy these meticulously made artworks through exhibitions held by locals.
Mayudama-kazari is also considered by locals as a lucky charm which brings harvest, safety and prosperity.
You can also enjoy a Mayudama-kazari making hands-on experience during the following periods.
|Event name||Mayudama-no-sato 2015|
|Place||Special venue at Hotel Sunvalley Fujimi in Izu-Nagaoka Onsen|
|Address||185-1, Kona, Izunokuni, Shizuoka|
|Period||10 am to 4 pm on Jan 26th to Mar 10th of 2015|
|Participation fees||Admission free, 600 yen for Mayudama-kazari making hands-on experience|
|Getting there||[By train and bus] Take a bus for Izu-Nagaoka Station of Izu-Hakone-Tetsudo Sunzu Line, get off at Max-Value-mae bus stop, walk for another 5 minutes.
[By car] From Numazu IC of Tomei Expressway or from Nagaizumi Numazu IC of Shintomei Expressway, drive via Route 1 and Route 136 for approx. 40 minutes, and drive via Izu-Junkan Expressway for approx. 25 minutes.
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