Hirumaru’s sedge grass art is fascinating and unique. Experience and learn the crafts of the local people of Hiramaru in Myoko, a mountain land rich in history.
- Trip Outline
Story of the Myoko and Hiramaru
Myoko, known for its incredibly heavy snowfall, is also home to an amazing traditional handcraft. Sedge (called ‘suge’ in Japanese), is a grassy variety of plants that grows well in wet areas. Nestled deep in the mountains of Myoko, inhabitants of the Hiramaru Region have a long history of weaving sedge grass into a variety of items such as hats and winter clothes. The craft was once an important source of income for the locals. However, Japan’s post-war industrialization and the introduction of synthetic fabrics pushed traditional, labor-intensive crafts such as sedge grass weaving close to extinction. It was at this point that Hiramaru locals began selling ornamental horses that had been woven from sedge grass. Despite struggles, their idea eventually became a success. Various ornaments, such as the animals of the zodiac, became popular. However, in more recent years, the craft has again become in danger of dying out due to the aging of local craftsmen and changes to society as a whole. The Hiramaru Sugezaiku Preservation Committee is an NPO that was created to preserve this tradition for future generations. Through this organization, visitors can now experience the charm of the village and craft for themselves. Take a guided walk through the tranquil village of Miyama, and try making wreaths from sedge grass yourself in this immersive, truly local experience.
What is included:
► Guide fee
► Translator fees
► Wreath craft activity
What is NOT included:
► Transportation to/from the meeting point
► Insurance (please purchase travel insurance in your own country)
► Anything else not specified
The bank transaction fee shall be covered by the customer.
► People with an allergy to sedge should not participate in wreath making. Please inquire in advance.
► The program requires walking for 105 minutes in total, including many slopes, and stairs at the temple, so please watch your step!
Recommended for those looking for destinations rarely found in guidebooks!
Walk through the tranquil community of Hiramaru, guided by the members of the Preservation Committee.
Make a wreath from sedge-grass. Write a wish in your wreath and pray at a local temple. Your wreath will be burned during an annual ritual called Saino-Kawara, so your wish may come true.
During the experience, there will be plenty of time to interact with the organization members.
|13:15||Meet at Kami-hiramaru Nakamura Bus Stop|
|13:15~13:30||Greetings, explanations of history of Hiramaru Suge-zaiku and activities of the preservation committee|
|13:30~14:30||Walk around Hiramaru community (including suge field)|
|14:30~15:00||Explanation of the workshop|
|15:00~16:15||Make a wreath with suge-grass, interact with committee member|
|16:15~17:00||Temple visit and praying for wreath craft|
|17:00||Finish at Kami-hiramaru Nakamura Bus Stop|
Kami-hiramaru Bus Stop (On Mizuhotto Community Bus Line, about 40 minutes from Arai Bus Terminal)
Kami-hiramaru Bus Stop (On Mizuhotto Community Bus Line, about 40 minutes to Arai Bus Terminal)
Parking is available at the committee's workshop.
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