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Hyogo Prefecture The charms of Kansai, as introduced by Coordinators for International Relations ― Hyogo Prefecture,Japan ―
I'm James Bollinger from North Carolina, America. I work as a Coordinator for International Relations for Hyogo Prefecture. ...

Today I am going to introduce Hyogo to you. First I’ll show you some historical spots and workshops centered around the city of Himeji, then I’ll tell you about some of the super unique attractions in Takarazuka City, followed by several specialties of the Nagata ward of Kobe city and I’ll finish up with a few other great things that Hyogo has to offer. Famous not only in Japan but around the world, Himeji Castle, with a Main Keep that has 6 floors and 5 roofs in addition to one underground floor and 3 smaller keeps, has over 400 years of history.In 1993 (along with 3 other sites) Himeji Castle was registered as (one of) Japan’s first UNESCO world heritage site. Takarazuka city was also home to the young Osamu Tezuka, who is considered the father of Japanese comics and animation.The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum is modelled after a number of his works and allows one to experience some of the many worlds his pen created. While we are on the subject of animation, let me introduce you to the gigantic statue located in Nagata ward of Kobe city of the comic-character robot Tetsujin No. 28, also known as Gigantor in the west. Tetsujin No. 28 was created in 1956 by the Kobe native Mitsuteru Yokoyama.
Tower Knives Osaka Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. ~Transmit a tradition to the future~ 【Chapter 1】
Good morning. Welcome to Sakai. My name is Emmanuel Ayedoun. I am an international student of Osaka Prefecture University majoring in computer scien...

Here we are in Shin-Sekai in Osaka City. But why do we come a long way from Sakai to here? It is just because there is one man who devotes his life to promote Sakai knives here in Shin-Sekai. Good morning, Mr. Heiberg. Good morning, Mr. Heiberg. I can see that you have a lot of kitchen knives made in Sakai here in the shop. Can you tell us why you opened the shop? Well the easy way to show is cutting a tomato. A lot of people have difficulty cutting through their tomatoes with their dull knives.As you’ll see, smooth, clean, all the juice stays within, no juice on the cutting board. Um, I happen to have a map of it. That will take you straight down to where they’re crafting the knives there. Um, you probably already have one of it. Sakai Tourism flyer is an excellent guide book there.
Fujii Factory of Cutlery Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. ~Transmit a tradition to the future~ 【Chapter 2】
We just got off the tramway at station. And now we are at the heart of the old town of Sakai. And you can see old houses all over here, and we arri...

And you can see old houses all over here, and we arrived at Fujii Knives Factory, which is the place we are going to visit. Um, Mr. Fujii is one of the busiest craftsman in Kansai area, and he is an expert in polishing knives. If you reserve in advance, you can one day experience polishing knives. Mr. Fujii is famous all over the world. He received all of those knives from Europe. And during the development of the Kofun, there was a very high demand for the good cutting tools. That’s why the Sakai knives manufacturing is developed.
Sasuke Bladesmith Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. ~Transmit a tradition to the future~ 【Chapter 3】
Walking about 10 minutes to the East from station, we are now pretty close to station on the Nankai railway station. Now we will be visiting one of...

Now we will be visiting one of the most famous bladesmith ateliers in Kansai, in Sakai. It’s Sasuke. Well, we are blade smiths who mainly make pruning shears like this or hand snips for gardeners in addition to kitchen knives. This portion, gold incrustation, is inlaid here, and the handles are finished by burning an 'Urushi' lacquer. Yes. A French man, Eric, is our apprentice. One day, he came to see our studio and I asked him if he would like to try. He answered “Yes”, and since then he has been helping us.
Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. ~Transmit a tradition to the future~ 【Chapter 4】
At this place you can learn more about the traditional craft of Sakai city. And also you can buy a wide range of product made in Sakai. For example,...

We are now in front of the Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum. This place is located near the station of the Hankai Chin-Chin tramway. At this place you can learn more about the traditional craft of Sakai city. And also you can buy a wide range of product made in Sakai. For example, the kitchen knives, dantsu cloth, or “Kombu”. As you can see, this place is really unique. Because not only can you visit the multiple exhibition area that are inside, but you may also take one of the multiple knife sharpening classes that are held every week in here. You may also take one of the multiple knife sharpening classes that are held every week in here. If you come to Sakai, please come here, because I’m pretty sure you will find very nice souvenirs.
Goda Kelp Shop Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. ~Transmit a tradition to the future~ 【Chapter 5】
Kelp, or Kombu as it is called in Japanese, is mainly harvested in Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan. But the question is how does it end up here...

Walking southeast of station on the Hankai Tramway line, we are now in front of Goda Kelp Shop. Well, the reason for that is very simple. In order to process Kombu properly, professionals need special knives and since best quality of knives were produced here in Sakai, kelp harvested in Hokkaido traveled following the so called “Kombu Road” to Tsuruga, Obama, Shimonoseki, Osaka to finally end up right here in Sakai. But Mr. Goda tries to preserve the traditional technique and to promote kelp's good taste to the world. I think he has a very strong determination.
Spotted Horse Craft Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. ~Transmit a tradition to the future~ 【Chapter 6】
Now we are going to visit Spotted Horse Craft. It's a unique atelier making handcraft jeans. It's a little bit far from the tramway station....

Hi, Mr. Ozono. Nice to meet you again. Could you tell us how and why you decided to open this shop? Then, irons, the material used for guns, are added to the denim. We use soft iron. The soft iron are cut and shaped into buttons. Magic Wash is the technique to give denim a vintage look using only bleach and my hands. I don't use any electric machines. Only my sense and experience can give the magically real vintage looks. Yeah, and I think that Magic Wash is a brand new technique that you use to produce modern jeans.
Takagi/Sakai Satsuki Carp streamer Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. ~Transmit a tradition to the future~ 【Chapter 7】
Another atelier we are going to show you is the place making Sakai Satsuki Carp Streamer. The history of Carp Streamer making is dated back to the b...

At the end of Meiji Era, Takagi atelier began to produce a unique cloth carp streamer. And the design features a very popular child hero in Japanese folktale, riding on the carp. The current master, 6th generation Mr. Takefumi Takada was even honored with the title of by Osaka prefecture governor. Mr. Takada won several awards, including Osaka Prefecture Governor’s award in industrial and culture. Anyway I can’t wait for May, because I know that in May these carp streamers will be swimming and flying all over the sky in this city.
Koji Shop Amekaze Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. ~Transmit a tradition to the future~ 【Chapter 8】
Koji Amekaze is located just near station on the JR Hanwa line. The shop was originally established in Edo era keeping a long tradition and reputat...

Welcome to Atelier Amekaze. The shop was originally established in Edo era keeping a long tradition and reputation of making high quality soy sauce and koji products. In Japan, since long time ago, it has been used as raw material to produce sake, soy bean paste, vinegar, Japanese pickled vegetables, and sweet drink made from fermented rice. According to Mr. Toyoda, Koji has been popular, the key ingredient in Japanese traditional foods such as miso, soy sauce, or even Amazake. There is a cafeteria Koji Café just near this shop where you can enjoy waffle, gelato as well as cookies all made from Koji.
Kitayama Dyeing Factory Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. ~Transmit a tradition to the future~ 【Chapter 9】
Emmanuel, do you know? I love to wear yukata during summer time. And it is said that Chusen-dyed yukata is so refreshing. Actually, the Chusen-dyein...

In Sakai, there are several factories dealing with dyeing clothes. Now we are going to introduce you to Kitayama Dyeing Factory. At the same time, the glue is applied to several layers to the textile. The final product is so exquisite. If the back of the textile is white it’s a printed one. But if you find color and the same pattern on both sides, it’s a hand-made one. Please come here and you will have great time. The tramway, the trains are really convenient. We’re waiting you in Sakai. See you soon.
A Breath of Fresh Air : Exploring Shiga Maddie's Journal ~A Breath of Fresh Air : Exploring Shiga, Japan's Lake Country~
Okay, so my name is Madeline Thompson and I was born in Massachusetts, which is on the East Coast of the United States. But I actually moved to Shig...

Maddie's Journal Sunrise Kayak on Lake Biwa (BSC Water Sports Center) Konponchūdō (National Treasure) Hieizan Enryakuji Temple Hikone Castle Keep and Genkyūen
The one who showed me all of these places is actually my coworker, Rodrigo. So, I really owe him a lot, and in turn, I thought maybe I’d introduce some of these places to you. Shiga is actually home to the biggest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. So, one morning Rodrigo and I got up super early, and kayaked out into the lake to watch the sunrise. I’ve been to Tokyo and Osaka and Kyoto, but I’ve never seen anything this cool. So up on top of this mountain is Hiezan Enryakuji, which is a Buddhist Temple that was opened like 1200 years ago by a monk named Saicho. And, he’s actually the founder of the Tendai Sect of Buddhism in Japan, so this temple is one of the most sacred places in Japanese Buddhism and it’s actually also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next to Hikone Castle, there’s this beautiful Japanese garden called Genkyuuen, and, there they have this special light-up event during the fall for the leaves when they change color. I can’t even do it justice with words. You have to go see it yourself.
Tastes & Flavors of Shiga Maddie's Journal ~Tastes & Flavors of Shiga, Japan's Lake Country~
Hey! My name is Madeline Thompson, and I was born in Massachusetts in the Eastern United States. But! I moved to Shiga three months ago, and ever si...

Maddie's Journal Ōmi Beef “Matsukiya” Fujii Honke Ogoto Onsen “Biwako Hanakaido”
The one who taught me about all these foods was my coworker, Rodrigo, so I owe him for that one. This is a restaurant where you can eat the famous “Omi Beef.” So, Omi Beef is produced here in Shiga and it’s really famous because it has this like, marbling texture to it that just makes it, actually, beautiful and at this particular restaurant, they put these little gold flakes on it, so it’s that much fancier. We also had the chance to visit a sake brewery, where they taught us how to brew sake, and they said that to make good sake you need good rice and good water, which Shiga has both of, and that’s why the sake produced here is so delicious. I think there’s a lot of people who hear Japan and think of hot springs, and Shiga has those too. So in Ogoto Onsen, there’s a lot of these traditional hotels, called Ryokan, where you can go and eat and relax in the hot spring to your heart’s content.
Welcome to Tokushima Prefecture Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.3)
Hi everyone, my name is Jenifer Tanikawa and I am a second generation Japanese Canadian hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. I'm cur...

Welcome to Tokushima Prefecture Oboke Gorge and the Koboke Gorge Awa Odori The Naruto whirlpools
On this trip we will be taking a trip to the West of Tokushima to explore what is dubbed the “unexplored or untouched regions”, up to the North of Tokushima where the ever dynamic Naruto Whirlpools are located and to Tokushima City to experience some of Tokushima’s interesting traditional culture. The emerald green waters, the white surface of the rocks, and the towering cliffs jutting straight up to the sky are colored by cherry blossomsin spring and by colored leaves in autumn. The Awa Dance is Tokushima’s largest annual event and boasts a history of over 400 years. The festival is well established in various areas even outside the prefecture, and Awa Dance troupes are invited to events outside of Japan, placing it alongside the Rio Carnival as one of the largest dance event in the world. The Naruto Straits, between Naruto City and Awaji Island is where the Seto Inland Sea meets the Kii Channel. The straits of Naruto are amongst the three most dramatic in the world, standing alongside the Straits of Messina located in the Mediterranean Sea and the Seymour Narrows located on the Western Coast of North America.
Welcome to Wakayama Prefecture Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Hi. I'm Mike Rhodes. I'm from the state of Colorado in the United States. But, today I want to introduce you to the wonder and natural envir...

Welcome to Wakayama Prefecture Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine Koyasan
Hi. I’m Mike Rhodes. I’m from the state of Colorado in the United States. These places are an integral part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. And this was designated a World Heritage site in 2004 by UNESCO. You know one thing that makes this place so special is that it’s only one of three places on the entire planet where a World Heritage site is a pilgrimage route. The others include the “Route of Santiago de Compostela,” which is connecting Spain and France, and then the third is “The Birthplace of Jesus, Church of the Nativity and Pilgrimage Route, in Bethlehem, Palestine,” a newly designated site.
Introduction Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Today I want to introduce you to the wonder and natural environment of my second hometown in Kumano, which is in Wakayama prefecture, Japan. And I a...

The World Heritage Koyasan ・ Kumano Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine Koyasan ・ Kumano
I want to introduce you to the wonder and natural environment of my second hometown in Kumano, which is in Wakayama prefecture, Japan. And I also want to introduce to you Koyasan and the three grand shrines of the Kumano region. On July7,2004 they were designated as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site You know one thing that makes this place so special is that it’s only one of three places on the entire planet where a World Heritage site is a pilgrimage route. The Kumano was also awarded three stars as a travel destination in the French Michelin Green Guide Japan guide in 2009 which certainly has raised European interest in these routes.
The History of Kumano Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
The history of Kumano spreads over more than a 1000 years, with pilgrims coming down from other parts of Japan to visit to the sacred Kumano area. T...

The History of Kumano Daimonzaka Oyunohara Nachi Falls
The history of Kumano spreads over more than a 1000 years, with pilgrims coming down from other parts of Japan to visit to the sacred Kumano area. The lichen-covered stones and 800 year-old cedars make this stretch of the Kumanokodo Way look the way it did long ago This is not the original location of the shrine. It used to be down by the river, about 500 meters down the hill. And that was called “Oyunohara,” until about 120 years ago when a major flood washed away most of the buildings. And beyond that is the highest waterfalls in Japan. At 133 meters you have Nachi Falls, or “Nachi Taki,” where it is said that a great nature god is enshrined.
Kumano Kodo Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Here we are at Hosshinmon Oji, a popular spot to lead into Hongu area. And what's important is that this location used to be one of nine gates l...

Hosshinmon Oji Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes Fushiogami Oji
Here we are at Hosshinmon Oji, a popular spot to lead into Hongu area. Known as the “holy ground where the gods dwell” since ancient times, Kumano is the home of many legends that have been passed down The Kumano Sanzan is made up of three holy sites which are the sources of nature worship and are home to huge rocks, trees, waterfalls, and rivers Still today can be found numerous shrines called ‘oji’ along the KumanokodoWay. These shrines were builtspecifically to provide rest and lodging for Travelers on pilgrimage to Kumano.
Kumano Sanzan Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Here we are at Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, which is the center of the Kumano religion thathas spread all over Japan over a 1000 years. This is...

Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine Kamikura-jinja Shrine Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine
Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine is one of the Kumano Sanzan and is a holy place that has been visited by many people since the Heian period. Sitting silently at the foot of Mt.Gongen, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine is one of the three Kumano Grand Shrines. They say this is where the Kumano gods descended from the heavens. A bolder known as ‘Gotobiki-iwa Rock’ is the object of worship of this shrine. One of the great shrines of the Kumano Sanzan, Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine is the origin of the ancient faith that worships Nachi Falls.
Kobo Daishi (Kukai) Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Koyasan was founded by Kobo Daishi Kukai. He was born in what is known as Shikoku island today and at the age of 18 he entered college in Kyoto to s...

Okuno-in Daimon Kobo Daishi Kukai
Koyasan was founded by Kobo Daishi Kukai. He was born in what is known as Shikoku island today and at the age of 18 he entered college in Kyoto to study Chinese classics and Confucianism. Eventually, he grew dissatisfied with his academic studies and found himself entering into Buddhist asceticism at just the age of 20. At the age of 31, he visited Tang China in 804. And two years later, he returned to bring the teachings of the Shingon Buddhism faith here to Japan.
Koyasan Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Here we are in Koyasan, the center of the Shingon Buddhist faith. And this location here is Danjo-Garan. It is the training center for the Shingon B...

Konpon Daito Kongobuji-Temple Ekoin-Temple Okuno-in
Here we are in Koyasan, the center of the Shingon Buddhist faith. And this location here is Danjo-Garan. The Danjo Garan area can be described as the center of Koyasan, which was opened by Kukai as a place for secret training in Shingon Buddhism. At Koyasan, there are 52 temples where you can take part in the “Shukubo” experience which allows you to stay overnight in one of the temples, experience morning prayers, and see how the monks live. So, here we are at Okuno-in, which is the spiritual heart of Koyasan.
The Kansai World Masters Games 2021 Introduction to the Kansai World Masters Games 2021
 The World Masters Games is a global multi-sport event held every four years targeted on athletes at middle to elderly age. With more athletes ...

This is the first time the World Masters Games (WMG) will be held in Asia! WMG is a global multi-sport event where anyone who is 30 years or older can come participate, from anywhere in the world. The single biggest multi-sport event on earth, WMG, will be coming to the Kansai Area of Japan in May 2021. “Let’s get fired up again and try again” is the slogan for the Kansai World Masters Games 2021.
The Masters Koshien Baseball Game Introduction to the Masters Koshien Baseball Game
 In Japan, every spring and summer, a nationwide high school baseball Invitational tournament is held at Koshien Stadium. All the high school b...

The game is held for all those former high school baseball players who can’t give up their dreams of playing baseball at their sacred ball park , Koshien Stadium. In the 11th game, 16 out of a total of 358 teams fight against their opponent on the “Field of Dreams” after winning the local preliminary tournaments. The potential participant teams of “Masters Koshien” think of the Kansai World Masters Games 2021 as the “World Series” of “Masters Baseball.” Please try again in the sports you engaged in when you’re younger! Let’s restart our life with sports as a participant in the 2021 Kansai World Masters Games!
Again: Koshien, 28 Years Later Introduction to the film "Again: Koshien, 28 Years Later"
 The film "Again: Koshien, 28 Years Later" will be showing in theaters nationwide starting from January 17th, 2015. This film is orig...

The film is originated from the best-selling novel “Again” written by the Naoki Prize-winning author, Mr. Kiyoshi Shigematsu, on the subject of “Masters Koshien.” From January 17th, 2015, it’s showing in theaters nationwide. In the novel “Again,” an ex-high-school baseball player meets up with one of the student staff members of “Masters Koshien.” Upon this fortunate meeting, he once again decides to try making his dream come true: playing a baseball game in Koshien Stadium” which is an unrealized dream for him. Catch is a fundamental part of baseball, and serves as a bridge that connects people. Having the WMG in 2021, the whole Kansai Area will be filled with excitement and energy, generated by all the adult athletes coming from all over the world. You’ll be given a message of encouragement that brings vitality to you and to the future.
Welcome to Fukui Prefecture Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.1)
Welcome to Fukui Prefecture.My name is Xu and I am from Zhejiang Province in China.I would like to tell you about famous places and cuisine in Fukui...

Eihei-ji Temple Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum Yoroppa-ken Mikata Five Lakes
The head temple of Japan’s Soto School of Buddhism. This museum is one of the three biggest dinosaur museums in the world. The first owner of Yoroppa-ken studied cooking in Germany. It is made up of five lakes: Lake Mikata, Lake Suigetsu, Lake Suga, Lake Hiruga, and Lake Kugushi.
Eihei-ji Temple Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.1)
This is Eihei-ji, the head temple of Japan's Soto School of Buddhism. ...

Eihei-ji Temple Sanmon Sanshokaku Daikuin
Eihei-ji is located in Eiheiji-cho in Fukui Prefecture, and its total area spans 33 hectares. 150 priests from all over Japan devote themselves to ascetic training here. The ceiling panels are decorated with 223 paintings done by 144 famous artists. Daikuin is the kitchen of Eihei-ji, and all the food that the monks eat is made here.
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.1)
Fukui Prefecture has the most dinosaur excavation sites in Japan. This museum is one of the three biggest dinosaur museums in the world, along with ...

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum Escalator The Fukuiraptor Excavation Site to Open to the Public in Summer 2014 
Fukui Prefecture has the most dinosaur excavation sites in Japan. When you enter the museum, get off the escalator, and arrive on the first basement level. Here the Fukuiraptor is on display. This was the first complete fossil to be restored in Japan. Why don’t you come and experience it hands-on?
Yoroppa-ken Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.1)
It is Sauce Katsu-don. “Katsu-don” in Fukui means Sauce Katsu-don. ...

Yoroppa-ken Inside of a shop Check-out desk Sauce Katsu-don
I would like to introduce Fukui’s local specialty food. “Katsu-don” in Fukui means Sauce Katsu-don. The first owner of Yoroppa-ken studied cooking in Germany. To make this dish the chef pounds down top-quality beef fillets, cuts them, sprinkles tiny bread crumbs on top.
Awara Onsen Grandia Housen Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.1)
Welcome to Awara Onsen! The woman in a kimono greeting guests in the lobby is this establishment's proprietress. We are about two hours away fro...

Female proprietor Guest room Guest room Guest room
Welcome to Awara Onsen.The woman in a kimono greeting guests in the lobby is this establishment’s proprietress. We are about two hours away from Osaka. There are hot spring wells in various locations, and each has different qualities. The alkaline water of this spring is rich in minerals.
Mikatagoko Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.1)
This is Mikatagoko. It is made up of five lakes: Lake Mikata, Lake Suigetsu, Lake Suga, Lake Hiruga, and Lake Kugushi. ...

Mikatagoko Eel Dishes Mountaintop park sanctuary for lovers Gauge to Date Fossils and Relics up to 50,000 Years Old
It is made up of five lakes: Lake Mikata, Lake Suigetsu, Lake Suga, Lake Hiruga, and Lake Kugushi. Locals are passionate about environmental protection activities. The mountaintop park is a lovers’ spot, and many couples fasten locks here. Mud from the bottom of the lakes is used as a gauge to study ancient times.
Toujinbou Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.1)
This is one of the top three strangest sights in the world, Toujinbou ...

Toujinbou
This is one of the top three strangest sights in the world, Toujinbou. Cliffs extend for 25 meters above the Sea of Japan. It was chosen as one of the 100 best places in Japan to watch the sunset. It is also designated as a place of scenic beauty and a nature conservation region. Every autumn, there are events where you can listen to music while watching the sunset.