Howdy? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would to introduce beautiful noren in Katsuyama.
Art of Noren in Katsuyama, Maniwa City
Katsuyama is in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture. It has a popular sightseeing spot called Historical Katsuyama Town Conservation Area just like Kurashiki Bikan Quarter where traditional houses and buildings are preserved with efforts. On top of that, Katsuyama is known for its noren production.
What is Noren?
Well, noren is the cloth hung between rooms. It can be seen at store entrance as well like in a photo below. This is a kominka Cafe Meijiya that we previously featured. It definitely adds a store something anyhow, doesn’t it? What’s interesting about this area in Katuyama is that almost every store/house has a noren at the entrance with a different design. OK, let’s go take a look.
You may expect traditional designs? Sure thing. However, There are a lot of modern designs as well. It’s quite a view to see all these on the same street!
Hola amigos. It’s Autumn! What’s in Autumn? Camping! So I would like to share our autumn camp in Katsuyama, Maniwa City (Okayama Prefecture) this time.
Autumn Camp in Katsuyama: Utsukushii Mori Camp Ground
Katsuyama is in the same Maniwa City where Hiruzen is, however it’s like 60 minutes away by car. Since it is run by Maniwa City, rates are reasonably low (1,000 yen for a tent space/night) and it has other facilities like bungalows as well. Reservation is required (Call or visit the city office. Check information below).
It is like a 30-minute drive from JR Chugoku-Katsuyama Station, pretty much in the middle of the mountain but looks well maintained with full of nature still! There is famous Kanba Falls on the way. We would like to stop by later on.