Kagoshima Prefecture

Kubota Orimono

窪田織物
Kagoshima

Honba Oshima Tsumugi, the finest example of silk woven fabric created on the island of Amami-Oshima. This soul of superb excellence takes more than thirty artisans about six months to create. Pre-dyed warp and weft threads interlock with fine precision to weave beautiful patterns, conveying the sincere hearts and workmanship of the artisans.

Chin Jukan Kiln

壽官陶苑
Kagoshima

Satsuma-Ware was the first of its kind to use a transparent glaze on white clay. The Chin Jukan Kiln has continued to maintain its kiln as well as its family line for over 400 years. The tradition has been passed down by the successive family heads like a chain of mountains. The current family head, the 15th Chin Jukan, says that the tradition reveals a landscape with multiple layers of innovations. What kind of innovation does the 15th who is in charge of the modern age want to create?


“Tenku no mori”and“Wasure no Sato Gajyoen

天空の森・忘れの里 雅叙苑
Kagoshima

In Kirishima city, Kagoshima prefecture, a real ”paradise on earth” exists for the setting of the legend Tenson-korin. Folklore tells of the descent of the grandson of the sun goddess. The breathtaking hot spring resort, Tenku-no-mori, or Forest in the sky, consists of only five villas in remote countryside and commands an unobstructed 360-degree panoramic view. Some travelers speak with great emotion about their sense of having rediscovered something which was left behind. “It is exactly what I am looking for.” What is it exactly that travelers can discover there?
​This essay explains what travelers feel by tracing back the history of the affiliated accommodation, Wasure no sato, Gajoen, Forgotten Hometown, opened more than 30 years before the opening of Tenku-no-mori.

SHIMAZU LIMITED

株式会社 島津興業
Kagoshima

The Satsuma Domain made a great contribution to laying the groundwork for modern Japan. While other feudal lords furthered the fortification of their territories and strengthened the military at the end of the Edo period, the feudal lord of Satsuma Domain had more progressive ideas. “Valuable industries make people wealthy and eventually strengthen a nation, and that harmony among the people protects the nation.” He promoted the revival of Satsuma Kiriko which glitters brilliantly as a precious handicraft. This is a romantic story in which masters of Satsuma Kiriko revived the techniques with craftsmanship in modern times, even though it had been out of production for more than a century.