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SHOWA VILLAGE

Karamushi Weaving Festival (in Showa)
This is a rare opportunity to learn about the process of Karamushi (ramie) weaving. You can see the transformation of ramie from a fiber into a beautiful Karamushi textile.

Event schedule: July
Location: Showa, Michi-no-eki Karamushiori no sato Showa
Contact: Industrial Construction Division, Showa.
http://www.vill.showa.fukushima.jp/event.stm

Showa is the only place in the main island of Japan that Karamushi (ramie) is commercially cultivated.
Characteristics of Karamushi textile are air permeability and hygroscopicity.
The light-weight and strong textile has fervent fan.
Kyukuimaru Elementary School (in Showa)
Built in 1937, this school had been a beloved place for kids. However, due to the decrease in school-age children’s population, it was closed in 1980. As if the flow of time is ceased around it, the old school is still quietly stood unchanged. A large ginkgo tree in a school yard changes its color into vivid golden in the fall. The school was used as a location of Japanese film “Hameln” produced in 2013.

Location: 1374 Miyanomae Kuimaru, Showa
Contact: Industrial Construction Division, Showa Village
Hyakko no Reisen (in Showa)
This is a famous spring water. Once upon a time, there was a drought in the area. when the feudal lord was concerning about the condition, a long-nosed goblin appeared in his dream and told him about this spring. Since then, the local people visit the spring and pray for prosperity.

Location: Showa
Contact: Industrial Construction Division, Showa Village
Yanohara Marshland (in Showa)
The marshland is consisted of high and low area surrounding the Yanohara Swamp. There are about 280 plants, such as Asian skunk cabbages and water lilies. Rare species, like tiny dragonflies (nannophya pygmaea) and forest green tree frogs (rhacophorous arboreus), can be seen around the marshland, which was formed about eighty thousand years ago. This region is designated as a nature conservation area.

Location: Shimonakatsugawa, Showa
Contact: Industrial Construction Division, Showa Village
The Karamushi Weaving
“Karamushi” is ramie, a kind of fiber crops. Showa is the only place in the main island of Japan that Karamushi (ramie) is commercially cultivated. Characteristics of Karamushi textile are air permeability and hygroscopicity. The light-weight and strong textile is renowned among textile experts. The karamushi weaving is an officially designated traditional craft.
伝統工芸

The Karamushi Kogei Museum
Address: 1 Uenohara Sagura, Showa
http://www.vill.showa.fukushima.jp/sato.stm
Karamushi Weaving Workshop
You can try Karamushi (ramie) weaving and make a coaster. Length of this workshop is about 30 minutes.
からむしコースター
Orihime Koryukan
Address: 1 Uenohara Sagura, Showa
http://www.vill.showa.fukushima.jp/sato.stm