Finally a Small Break From Classes

Today was a nice little break from classes, as our Sensei planned a little trip for us to see some interesting Japanese art. We all met at the train station around 8:50 and caught a ride to a small town near where I work. We walked to a museum of cultural art, which focuses on two kinds of art from this area, which are famous in all of Japan. I’m not going to give the history and everything I learned on the blog, but rather I’d just share the pictures and give a small explanation as to what it is. Katagami is a special kind of art which uses only one kind of paper that is cured by the citrus of Japanese oranges. Therefore, the paper becomes an orangish brown. People then use various tools to cut the paper and make designs that are used to decorate doors, tables or whatever. It’s significantly detailed, and gives you a sense of appreciation for handcrafted goods and it’s a nice taste of Japanese culture. Click the “PHOTOS” tab at the top of the page to take a look.

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