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Norazirah Aqilah binti Azlan (Malaysia)
Nagahama is a beautiful and historical town located just an hour from Kyoto in the outskirts of Shiga. Filled with amazing shops and people, you can find lovely glassware, accessories and food. The cozy atmosphere of Nagahama offers a traditional taste of authentic Japanese culture.
Nagahama Station. About an hour from Kyoto by JR.
Step into the warm welcoming town known as Kurokabe Square.
Erected in 1900, this former bank has been transformed into a magnificent glass shop, with a wide range of style from other countries. This shop is called Kurokabe Glass.
Uniquely blown glassware is sold at a surprisingly low price.
Wow! What wonderful glassware.
People of all ages come here to shop.
Located just behind the Kurokabe Glass building is this building called Studio Kurokabe.
Interesting fountain called TOPOSPOT is made of glass.
Under the room temperature of about 30 degrees patience is required at Studio Kurokabe.
I can feel the heat from here.
Skillful blowers and craftmen.
Filled with glassware of all shapes,sizes and colors, you are sure to find the glassware you are looking for.
A walk under the beautiful blue sky of Nagahama.
Excited and nervous as we finally arrive at the Kurokabe Glass Experience place.
The color and shape of the glass that we are going to make can be selected.
So many colors. Which one is best?
To the glass workshop!!!
The teachers are very kind and patient.
Glass has to be heated as its shaped.
To help shape out the glass, a tool called a "Jack" was needed.
Famished after a day of glass making, we head to the famous Somen noodle shop called YOKARO.
With 200 years experience of Somen noodle making the delicious smell of fish can be smelled from outside the restaurant.
Yaki Saba Somen (fried mackerel noodle). The mackerel is boiled for 2 days before it was fried.
Nagahama Hikiyama Museum. (Hikiyama is a kind of moving theater on which Kabuki is performed by children.The Hikiyama festival has a history of over 400 years)
Inside the museum.
The Hikiyama floats.
The photographs are of the floats that were used each year.
One character acted by a child during the hikiyama festival.
Wouldn't it have been nice to perform in the Hikiyama festival.
Enjoying the recorded performance of the Hikiyama festival.
No other place is like Nagahama.
Goodbye Nagahama… See you again soon!