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Nagoya-City Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum /Arimatsu Narumi Traditional Townscape

  • Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum /Arimatsu Narumi Traditional Townscape
  • Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum /Arimatsu Narumi Traditional Townscape
  • Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum /Arimatsu Narumi Traditional Townscape
  • Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum /Arimatsu Narumi Traditional Townscape

Arimatsu, Narumi, Traditional Town of Traditional Tie-Dyed Textiles

In the south-eastern suburbs of Nagoya is Arimatsu, a small town that seems to have been caught in a time slip. Old houses, shops, and warehouses from the samurai period line a narrow street that was once the great Tokaido, the ancient highway linking the Capital, Kyoto, and Edo, seat of the Shogun’s power.

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum /Arimatsu Narumi Traditional Townscape

Arimatsu became famous and prosperous from around 1608 for its Arimatsu Narumi Shibori is an intricate, time consuming traditional tie-dyeing technique that leads to stunningly beautiful, complex patterns. The high quality tie-dyed cloth became prized nationwide, particularly as large numbers of samurai, merchants, pilgrims and townsfolk passed through the dyeing and textiles village, and purchased the dyed items as gifts and for personal use.

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum /Arimatsu Narumi Traditional Townscape

Japan had a long history of Shibori tie-dyeing, but the artisans of Arimatsu developed and refined the art into a sophisticated, decorative process. Guide patterns allowed the artisans using special stands and metal hooks to perfectly align the many hundreds of thousands of repetitive, knotted-off loop sections creating the complex patterns. Understandably, bolts of cloth for kimono, or lighter summer yukata wear took many months to prepare before the dyeing processes took place. The results were absolutely stunning.

Enjoying The Old Town

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum /Arimatsu Narumi Traditional Townscape

You can visit the old town along the Old Tokaido Route, and see many of the old stores that still sell the beautiful fabrics even now. The Arimatsu Narumi Shibori Museum provides an idea of the many different styles and techniques developed. Demonstrations by local artisans are fascinating, and the women are more than happy to slow down and patiently explain what they are doing, and what the desired effect will be. The museum also sells original hand crafted Arimatsu Narumi tie-dyed items too.

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum /Arimatsu Narumi Traditional Townscape

Some of the best times to visit Arimatsu are the third Sunday of March, and the first Sunday of October, when the Spring and Autumn festivals are staged. Large five to eight-meter high, ornately decorated and carved floats, topped with performing robotic wooden dolls called Karakuri are paraded through the ancient streets, once during the day, then covered in paper lanterns, again in the evening. Another ideal time is in June when the Arimatsu Shibori Festival is held, complete with shibori sales, experience courses, parades of Dashi floats, stalls and more. If you prefer the peace and quiet, or want to photograph the traditional street scenes, then weekdays may be your best bet, as the area becomes quite crowded and lively on weekends.

Arimatsu Narumi Shibori is held in high esteem even now, and much of what looks like Shibori textiles sold in Japan today are only printed imitations. The real thing is only available in Arimatsu.

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Location : 〒458-0924
3008, Arimatsu, Midori-ward, Nagoya-City, Aichi
Fee : Arimatsu-Narumi Shiborikaikan (Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum): adults 300 yen
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: Arimatsu-Narumi Shiborikaikan: 9:30 to 17:00 (16:30 for demonstration)
Parking : 5 bus parking spaces, 10 passenger car parking spaces
Holidays : Arimatsu-Narumi Shiborikaikan (Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum): Open everyday from April to November. Closed before and after Shibori Festival from May 30 to June 1 and from June 4 to June 6, and closed every Wednesday from December to the end of March.
Phone number : 052-621-0111

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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Nagoya Station, take the Meitestu Nagoya Main Line.
    Alight at Arimatsu Station and 5 minutes walk.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    1 minute from the Nagoya Daini-kanjo Expressway Arimatsu I.C.
    10 minutes' drive to the north from the Route 23 Arimatsu I.C.
    20 minutes' drive to the east from the Nagoya Expressway Kasadera I.C.

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