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Entrance to the Sewing place

Well, monday was a holiday so my friend and I decided to do a little local tour of a "city" nearby called Yuki in Ibaraki.   I say "city" because it is not really a city by western standard but if there is a population over 30,000 the Japanese call it a city. 

Anyway, we began the day by going to a garment factory that is very famous for the thread and the dyeing of the thread.  The most popular therefore famous color is indigo blue.  The vats in which they do this dyeing smelle terrible, we didn't do any dyeing because apparently it is a very difficult task requiring the right combinations of beating the thread and dipping in the dye.  So, we just participated in the making of 2 coasters.

the sewing machines
  We sat down at some prearranged vertical lines of thread, they had different patterns to choose from and we were able to choose the horizontal thread that would hold everything together.  I did green and orange, they came out okay.  After we finished this we walked around the shop and we discovered te women there make custom kimonos for about $20,000USD per kimono, so I don't know how many they sell or who too, but i bet if they sell even two a year they can feed the whole village, hahaha. 

After here we received some information about a sake factory nearby that gives tours if you make reservations, so me being an american we just showed up at the place and all was take care of.  The guy who took us around couldn't speak english but my friend was able to translate enough information to understand what was going on.

Sewing fun!
  Evidently they can polish the different types of rice to make it smaller and whiter.  The more polished the rice is the higher the alcohol content and therefore a clearer sake.  We got to try three different types of sake they brew and I just had to buy a bottle, of course.   The whole process from beginning to end takes about 90 days.  First the wash, polish, steam and then the fermentation process begins.  After this is finished they have to wait about 30 days to bottle the alcohol and sell it.  So, it is not that long, but I suppose beer and liquor takes longer. 

After here we walked around the area because there are quite a few temples in the area.  So, we walked and walked and then we snacked on this very odd dessert that is very famous in the area.  It is basically sweet beans wrapped in a thin dough and then steamed.  It is suppose to be served warm but we got the bottom of the barrel stuff so it was quite cold.  It was tasty but odd.  There were some very cool temples that had great carvings around the entrances and poles but nothing spectacular.  It was very traditional Japanese structures that are popular in the rural areas of Japan.

Well, that was our day, I would give it a 6 of 10 on the interesting scale and if you have a day to kill, could be fun.

Junko says:
It was funny that you graded the "city". Well, I want to grade them 10 for their future, but honestly I just agree with you:)
Posted on: Oct 19, 2007
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Entrance to the Sewing place
Entrance to the Sewing place
the sewing machines
the sewing machines
Sewing fun!
Sewing fun!
hers was better than mine
hers was better than mine
the blue dye (its stinky)
the blue dye (its stinky)
raw thread
raw thread
they pull by hand to make the thre…
they pull by hand to make the thr…
the kimono fabrics
the kimono fabrics
the name of the sake factory
the name of the sake factory
sake factory
sake factory
air compresser to help clean the r…
air compresser to help clean the …
rice steamer
rice steamer
Mt. Tsukuba paddle, it flattens th…
Mt. Tsukuba paddle, it flattens t…
Cleaned rice awaiting the steaming…
Cleaned rice awaiting the steamin…
Temple entrance
Temple entrance
temple
temple
Bell, apparently they use to be st…
Bell, apparently they use to be s…
temple
temple
wood carvings of buddha, similar t…
wood carvings of buddha, similar …
temple
temple
Poet or Buddhist popular to the ar…
Poet or Buddhist popular to the a…
temple
temple
temple
temple
temple/kindergarten (not one of mi…
temple/kindergarten (not one of m…
entrance gate
entrance gate
evil turtle
evil turtle
temple
temple
dragon carving from one piece of w…
dragon carving from one piece of …
evil demon
evil demon
buddhas feet (I think they are fak…
buddhas feet (I think they are fa…
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