Some of Japan’s most fascinating destinations can be found in the cities of Kunisaki and Bungotakada located on the Kunisaki Peninsula in Kyushu’s Oita Prefecture. Japan’s roots are buried deep in this historic land, that retains many facets of ancient cultures and traditions. Representatives and local craftspeople of Kunisaki and Bungotakada are traveling to Tokyo to share a taste of this wondrous region.
Gather valuable information about the cities from local experts and be enamored by the beautiful tatami-mat crafts of certified artisan Chiki Iwakiri. Iwakiri-sensei will lead an interactive workshop on how to make your own crafts using the tatami mat material called shichitoi, which is cultivated on the Kunisaki Peninsula.
Also on hand are five VR units allowing guests to virtually explore Fukiji temple in Bungotakada city. A National Treasure built in the 8th century, the temple is representative of the Amida-do architecture of the Heian period. The temple is one of the Rokugoyama temples of the Tendai Sect of Buddhism, and it has been handed down to date. Put on a set of VR viewers at the event and explore the treasures within this important temple.
Receive an omiyage goodie bag full of local gifts and treats including buckwheat tea from Bungotakada, a set of nanohana and sunflower oil from Nagasaki Nose and of course, everyone’s favorite, sake from Nishinoseki/Kayashima Sake Brewery in Kunisaki. Discover the myriad charms of this historic region at what is sure to be an enlightening and fun event.
Capacity is limited to 15 participants to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Additional measures will be taken to assure safety. Registration accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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