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Yuki Tsumugi, silk textiles, are produced and sold mainly in Yuki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, and Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture. The technique is designated by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage and by Japan as an important intangible cultural property. Yuki Tsumugi has been handed down for more than 2,000 years, and the weaving loom has not changed its form in over a thousand years. In the Edo period, it was very popular among ordinary men. All the production processes are carried out by hand including the hand-spinning of floss silk. The yarn contains plenty of air, and the textile is light, warm and comfortable with a perfect drape. Nowadays, in addition to kimonos, many fashionable smaller items are made such as shawls and purses.


Production Areas

Yuki, Shimotsuma, and Chikusei Cities, and Yachiyo Town, Yuki Country in Ibaraki Prefecture;
Oyama and Shimotsuke Cities, and Kaminokawa Town, Kawachi County, and Ninomiya Town, Haga County in Tochigi Prefecture

Sights to See

Kokai River Park (The park has 4 areas including a nature observation zone and a barbecue site.)

Sanuma Widearea Park (A vast park of 80 hectares including the Sanuma reservoir and 350 cherry trees, pools, and iris garden.)