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The New Kagoshima Promotional Movies are Out!

These video clips introduce the many arts, crafts and food of Kagoshima.
We would like you to experience the traditional culture and life of Kagoshima that has been passed down from generation to generation through these movies.

Please check out the 8 videos below!

* January, 2017
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Oshima Tsumugi

The weaving of Oshima Tsumugi silk has been carried out for centuries on Amami-Oshima Island.

It is considered casual wear that feels comfortable even in the hot summer.

Different from regular kimono silk, it is light and has become a luxury kimono style.



Visitors can see the process and products not only at the Oshima Tsumugi Mura on Amami-Oshima island, but also at the Oshima Tsumugi no Sato in Kagoshima City.


Satsuma-yaki Pottery

Satsuma-yaki pottery has been produced in Miyama, about 20km northwest of Kagoshima City, for roughly 400 years. 

Satsuma-yaki pottery can be broadly categorized into white and black Satsuma-yaki. 


The white, or "Shiro Satsuma-yaki" is the color of ivory, and has hairline cracks and brilliant paintings. It is delicate and elegant and was originally fired for the lords of the Satsuma Han clan.


"Sukashibori" is a traditional technique for making Satsuma-yaki pottery. It is an elegant handicraft produced with a delicate technique.


In contrast, the black, or "Kuro Satsuma-yaki" style, which was fired for use by ordinary citizens, conveys a simple warmth.


One of the Kuro Satsuma-yaki items called a "kurojyoka" is a little black round-shaped kettle for drinking warm shochu, the local distilled spirit in Kagoshima.


And the "sorakyuu" has a conic body, which prevents it from sitting upright on a table.

When you drink with this cup, everyone will say "sora, kyuu! (OK, drink up!)", hence its name.

Which Satsuma-yaki pottery do you like, white? or black?

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