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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.