Cute and audacious kokeshi dolls characterized by the torso being made from foreign flowers. With their serene and lovely appearance, once you lay your eyes on them, you will never forget them. They currently only build them on order.
Atsumi kokeshi dolls
It is a cedar tree currently spreading it's roots on the grounds of the Kumano-jinja shrine in the Yamairagawa district. It is a giant tree with 19 meters of circumference and 44 meters of height. It is said to be around 1400 years old but it is still very green and healty.
It is the remains of an important gate that used to serve as the delimitation between the Dewa province and Echigo. It is known as one of the 3 ancient gates and is also used as a stage of kabuki performances.
400 years ago, the manager of the old Murakamiya was growing black pine bonsais and they have been maintained generation after generation since then. In 1994, the Garden was completed based on the design of the world renowned landscape designer Ken Nakajima.
The shinto ritual kabuki is dedicated to the Kawauchi-jinja shrine and is performed along with the Yamato Noh. It is highly valued for things such as earning the Saito Mokichi cultural award.
A kind of noh unlike anywhere else in Japan. A long time ago, there were as many as 120 musical selections and although now only 9 are left, they are being protected preciously in the Yamairagawa district. Every year, in May and November, a performance is made.
One of Japan's ancient weaving technique. A process by hand of making threads from the Shina tree's bark before weaving it that takes up to one year. It is designated as a traditional art known as “Uetsu Shinafu”. Many items such as bags, hats and curtains are main that way.
The Tamasugi cedar of Yamairagawa
The recent Nenjuseki-ato
The pine Buddhist rosary
Yamairagawa Kabuki
Yamato Noh
Shina-fu of Sekigawa
National natural monument in 1951
Designated as a historical monument of Tsuruoka-shi in 1898
It was designed as a natural monument of the Yamagata prefecture in 1955
It was designated as a cultural asset of the Yamagata prefecture in 1986
It was designated as a cultural asset of the Yamagata prefecture in 1964
Designated as traditional art by Japan in 2005 Designated as a cultural asset by Tsuruoka-shi in 1995

History of the Atsumi region

    Due to the stone tools and earthenware that were excavated in the Atsumi region, it is believed that aboriginal people used to live there during the Jomon period.

    The region was then called the Dewa province and ruled by a powerful clan until it became the territory of the Muto clan during the Kamakura period. After that, it was ruled by the Uesugi clan for a short time to then be ruled by the Mogami clan until the the 8th year of the Genwa era during the Edo period when the rule changed to the Sakai clan until the Meiji era.

    In 1954, Atsumi-machi was created. Then in 2005 it became part of the new Tsuruoka-shi in a big merger of towns, cities and villages.


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