An Entrepreneur, A Painter, A Museum

From the time my Kurashiki guide, Hisako Kashihara, and I started our walk towards the Bikan Historical Quarter, she mentioned the names “Kojima” and “Ohara” many times.  Throughout Kurashiki, there was a trail of buildings linked with Ohara-san.  Ohara Museum of Art Then, I could hear the excitement in Hisako-san’s voice whenever she said “Torajiro…

Denim Street, Kurashiki

Denim Ice Cream, Denim Buns, Denim Sandwiches, drink, and other creative denim-themed products can be found on Denim Street. A short distance away, even the Noren (Japanese curtain in front of a store) which is usually made of traditional Japanese cloth, looks like denim pants! Kurashiki is regarded as the birthplace of denim in Japan,…