2012年8月15日水曜日

Tokushima Castle's Eagle Gate Plaza - August 12-13

The second of the Returning Indigo events took place on August 12-13 at the Tokushima Castle's Eagle Gate Plaza in downtown Tokushima.  The castle was the home of the Hachizuka family who, as feudal lords of the region in the Edo Period, invested heavily in the research and development of indigo in Tokushima.  Awa Indigo continues today because of their efforts over 400 years ago.

A view through the Eagle Gate or Washi-no-Mon in Japanese.


The arc of the cloths points to the hilltop where the castle once stood.

Visitors seen through the Eagle Gate.

A visitor selecting cloth to make a pin.  The indigo plants are hung to cover the cloth so that people touch the source of the color when handling the cloth.


More holes in the cloth mark the visitors and the pins they've taken with them.



There are more pictures taken by Hanga Yoshihara Horvath here.