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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Visit the 'Venice of Japan' romance
Kurashiki is a beautiful city in the land of cherry blossoms with the romantic canals along the sides.
Located along the beautiful foothills channel Tsurugata, Kurashiki was an ancient trading town as the "Venice of Japan".
In the Edo period (1603 - 1868), Kurashikiis an important commercial center, the exchange of goods such as rice, sugar and other commodities to the neighborhood.Managed directly under the authority of the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo period, very wealthy and prosperous city.
When Japan entered the Meiji period (1868 - 1912), Kurashiki became famous for its textiles. Kurashiki not destroyed in World War 2 should Bikan historic neighborhood with factories, warehouses and stores are still preserved in good condition and is open for tourists to visit.
The houses and beautiful streets in Kurashiki.
This area is also endowed with museums, houses and streets running on the beautiful small canal through the city.
At night, white of sheds along that range willow hung down on both sides of the channel to create space for a city full of traditional antique shades. This beautiful canal that visitors favor set forKurashiki the name "Venice of Japan".
Tourists can both walk and watch the ancient houses along the banks of the canal.
Along both banks of the canal, you will not only find the old house, but also visit the many small shops displaying traditional products of the city. Besides textiles, knownKurashiki with trade occupations glass jars and Bizen-yaki pottery.
Kurashikiis considered to be the first Western art museum in Japan . Founded in 1930, the Ohara Museum exhibited mainly European art collection of general Ohara Keisaburo.
Ohara Museum image.
Ohara Museum founder he Magosaburo believe that those living in remote areas should also have the opportunity to enjoy the arts. That's why he built the museum consists of three buildings with modern western style, stand out from the city.
One of three buildings of Ohara Museum is located in the square wire ivy. This is a complex of several buildings covered by a fresh green color of trees.
Built up from the city's old factory, which is mainly used for display and sale of works of art, textiles and traditional items.
Contribute more to the atmosphere of the city's traditional old temple church Achi located on top of hills Tsurugatayama.
Ancient Achi shrine.
In ancient times, this place was a private island. Legend has it that, Jinko Queen - god of the sea, has protected this place in the expedition to the West.
Then the temple was established as a protected, help "island" to cope with large waves, which created the foundation of the city. From the temple, visitors will have a panoramic view of the cityKurashiki.
If visiting a temple in the fall, you will have the opportunity to participate in the festival patted children in the head with the red fans to celebrate the bumper harvest.
Outside town Bikan area, Kurashikiis also a normal city with its own characteristics interesting. Kurashiki gives visitors the unique feel of a romantic and peaceful population.