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