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岡山県倉敷市は西日本の瀬戸内海沿岸にあって、古きよき日本の暮らしや文化を守り続けてきた「やさしい」町です。

倉敷は、かつて江戸時代に徳川幕府の直轄地「天領」として栄え、江戸(東京)や上方(大阪)と水運で直接、結ばれた港町でした。おだやかな海と清らかな川の水に恵まれた倉敷には、山の幸・海の幸・米・酒・塩・醤油・味噌…、周辺のおいしいものが集められ、たくさんの蔵が建てられたのです。

また、おしゃれで新しいもの好きな倉敷人が、「和と洋」「伝統と革新」「文化と産業」を調和させながら、ガラスや焼き物、児島のジーンズや学生服など数々のものづくりを発展させてきました。

川舟に揺られ、路地をめぐれば、忘れられない旅のはじまり。ここ倉敷で「やさしい」思い出づくりを。

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YASASHIKI KURASHIKI

Kurashiki City in Okayama Prefecture is located at the coastal area of Seto Inland Sea in southwestern Japan. Kurashiki has as known as “Yasashii” city, so let us introduce why Kurashiki is so called.

Kurashiki is a charming city with a traditional feel of good old fashioned Japanese life and culture. This city is blessed with both the Seto Inland Sea and the beautiful Takahashi River.

During the Edo era, Kurashiki was the affluent city of “Tenryo”, reigned over by the Tokugawa shogunate. This river port city had direct access to both Tokyo(Edo) and Osaka (Kamigata) via water transportation.

So seafood, special rice, agricultural products, sake, salt, soy sauce, miso, and so on were gathered from the vicinity of this city, and accordingly many traditional warehouses were built and still exist in the area.

In the meantime, fashionable people in Kurashiki have developed several manufacturing industries recognized throughout the country, such as Kurashiki-glasses, potteries, well-known jeans in Kojima area and so forth, to harmonize any different ways, for example "Japanese and Western" "tradition and innovation", and "industry and culture".

Here for your stay, and your day in Kurashiki! Explore the winding alleys and beautiful canals of its historic district. There are sure to be some surprises in store for you.

※“Yasashiki” is equal “Yasashii”. It is good old Japanese quality, implies friendly and kind, caring, gentle, sweet, gracious and thought of others in Japanese.
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