2012年9月7日金曜日

Yoshida House, Wakimachi

Returning Indigo visitied Wakimachi's Yoshida House on August 18th & 19th.  

Returning Indigo in the central courtyard of the Yoshida House in Wakimachi, Tokushima

The Yoshino River created the fertile plane that still sustains the multitude of farms in Tokushima.  Many towns along the Yoshino River thrived not only because of the indigo farming, but also because of the ease of transport afforded by the river.  Wakimachi is the western-most of those communities, and the impressive scale of the homes and buildings in the Udatsu Townscape are evidence of the wealth that indigo brought. 

The white storehouses in the background were used both to store indigo and to house workers.  The Yoshida family traded indigo and would keep the indigo here before shipping it out throughout the country.  

The historical Yoshida House is typical of many indigo traders' homes with its indigo storehouses and easy access out the back to the inlets on which the indigo would be carried by boat to the Yoshino River an eventually throughout Japan.

A peek at the Returning Indigo installation through the back gate at the Yoshida House in Wakimachi.  Just outside this gate is where the indigo was once loaded onto boats for shipping.  All of the indigo from the Yoshida's would have come down these stairs and through this gate enroute to dyers around Japan.

To fit the installation into the garden it was divided in half and overlapped to create an pathway for visitors.


The Yoshida House in Wakimachi is the third of six stops planned for the Returning Indigo portion of the project.  The number of holes increases with each appearance, marking the number of visitors and the small bit of the project, of Awa Indigo that they're taking home with them.