Fukuoka Prefecture

KOKURA Creation

小倉クリエーション
Fukuoka

“A fateful encounter with a single remnant of fabric.” The small piece of cotton cloth with a soft, suede-like texture that textile artist, Noriko Tsuiki, came across in an antique store was a remnant of Kokura-ori, a style of textile that flourished in the ancient province of Buzen and that was used to make hakama trousers and obi sashes for the samurai class in the Edo Period. Through Ms. Tsuiki’s innovation and inventiveness in reviving this traditional skill, which was once lost in the upheaval of the times, and adapting it to the modern age, the vertical striped patterns that are the biggest charm of Kokura-ori textiles are now soaring out into the world.

Aizome Kasuri Koubo(studio)

藍染絣工房
Fukuoka

Kurume Kasuri, the woven fabric which was made more than 200 years ago, still attracts people because of its simplicity and elegance. About 30 processes are elaborately created by hand in Aizome Kasuri Koubo(studio). As the 4th head of the studio, Mr. Ken Yamamura weaves the roll of cloth with his unique geometrical patterns by using traditional techniques such as Indigo dye and hand-weaving. What does Mr. Yamamura imagine Kurume Kasuri will be like in the future?


Glass Workshop <Say>

硝子工房 生
Fukuoka

All travelers of “Seven Stars in Kyushu” are fascinated by the snowflake pattered glassware welcoming them in the train. Small particles of snowflakes elegantly shine and dance inside the glass. It is called “Yukihana glass”. It shows noble atmosphere specific to the handcrafted glassware, but at the same time this mysterious glass has a gentle warmth to it and its surface is smooth, which makes everybody very curious about its secrets.
We focus on the passion of this outstanding craftsman, who brought warm snow crystals in the land of Fukuoka and fascinates everyone who sees it.

Hotel Okura Fukuoka

ホテルオークラ福岡
Fukuoka

Craft beer, named Hakata Draft, is labeled with a motif featuring Hakata-ori traditional textile art. This beer, which is full of the regional flavors, is brewed at one of the established hotel group, Hotel Okura Fukuoka. The brewers make the finest effort every day in the basement of this locally inspired hotel, where a unique culture is transmitted. Holding service philosophy, “comfort for those who are arriving, happiness for those who are leaving”, the first-class hotel spares no effort to brew this superb beer, which can become a new icon of Hakata culture.


Ukiha City, Fukuoka Prefecture

福岡県うきは市
Fukuoka

Ukiha City is located in the south-eastern part of Fukuoka Prefecture and is blessed with clear water, fertile fields, and sunshine, which produce delicious harvests throughout the year. When you trace the secret of the delicious fruit, you can find a spirit of benevolence among the producers. After reading this, you may want to discover for yourself the affinity between the taste of the fruit and the hospitality in such a heart-warming town where people continue to wave to the Seven Stars.

Kinoshita Mokugei (Wood Art)

木下木芸
Fukuoka

Kumiko is a traditional joinery technique for assembling pieces of wood without using any nails. Mr. Masato Kinoshita is a craftsman who took part in the interior decoration of the ‘Seven Stars in Kyushu’. He works hard to transform the traditional Kumiko, modifying it to suit the times, and he continues to help the process evolve, maintaining that he has continued to ‘learn about his trade throughout his life’. This article introduces Okawa City, a place known for its wooden furniture in Fukuoka Prefecture. ‘Team Okawa’ was formed by involving the craftsmen, and their fervent craftsmanship.