KAMOGAWA, JAPAN

Travel Notes


The town of Kamogawa lies within the Chiba Prefecture just a two-hour train ride south of Tokyo on the Pacific Coast. The town is mostly known as a laid back fishing suburb, and home to a popular marine aquarium park. A visit to Kamogawa can easily be enjoyed as a day trip from Tokyo when one needs a break from the pulsating city and a moment to relax in an unfussy seaside setting with fresh, salted air, and perhaps partake in the budding surf scene.

Currency
Yen

Time Zone
Japanese Standard Time
Language
Japanese

Local Cuisine
Seafood
Best time to visit
Year-round

Dress Code
Indigo-dyed cottons
WHERE TO STAY

KAMOGAWA GRAND HOTEL

820 Hiroba
Kamogawa 296-0044
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
+81 04 7092 2111

WHERE TO DINE

THE GUNJO

Kamogawa Grand Hotel
820 Hiroba
Kamogawa 296-0044
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
+81 04 7092 2111

SHOKUJIDOKORO IKEDA

518-8 Hachi Shoku
Kamogawa 296-0033
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
+81 04 7092 3835

WHERE TO VISIT

KAMEDA SHUZO SAKE 

329 Naka
Kamogawa 296-0111
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
+81 04 7097 1116

ATELIER MAIWAI SUZUSEN

620-1 Yokosuka
Kamogawa 296-00011
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
+81 04 7097 1531

 

REQUIRED READING
BY REIKO CHIBA 

PURCHASE
The Objects

Exclusive Edition 010 \ Japanese Maiwai Jacket


Maiwai has a two-hundred year history in the Japanese fisherman culture. This jacket, typically in a kimono or hanten style, was traditionally given to the fisherman as a reward for a bountiful catch. The hand-crafted jacket takes between two to three months to create with meticulous detailing from hand-painting, indigo dying and sewing.

Details

This hand-painted and hand-sewn Japanese maiwai hanten jacket was created by maiwai master, Kosuke Suzuki and his son, Riki, for their family owned atelier named Suzusen. The Suzuki family are one of three families continuing in the tradition of making these boldly colored statement jackets and kimonos worn as a festival garments by Japan's highly esteemed fishing community. Each hanten jacket is made to order for Stories+Objects in a process that takes two to three months.

The Story

THE MAIWAI SPIRIT


Kosuke Suzuki is a Japanese master teaching his son, Riki, the craftsmanship skills necessary to continue the two-hundred year-old tradition of Maiwai ceremonial garment design. The hand-painted and hand-sewn kimono and hanten jackets made in their Kamogawa atelier are meticulously crafted by applying methods honed through years of observation and deliberate practice.