Street walking through Arimatsu Town
Architecture along the street in Arimatsu Townscape
Along the avenue in the Arimatsu Townscape stand old buildings with tiled roofing, Nurigome-zukuri (plaster finished), and Namako-kabe structures. They were designed to be fire resistant after the big fire in 1784 (Tenmei 4). The "Hattori-tei" which is one of Aichi Prefecture's designated cultural assets still retain the atmosphere of the old days.
This is the house of Takeda Shoukuro, the innovator of Arimatsu Shibori. The building structure clearly indicates the characteristics of the tie-dyeing merchant houses which existed between the late Edo and Meiji eras. It is one of the typical architecture of the old Tokaido street, composed of a main building, a study, three warehouses, and a tea ceremony room, which is architecturally valuable. The Takeda family prospered as a purveyor of the Owari Domain, and today its business is succeeded by the cadet branch. Takeda-tei is protected as the Nagoya City's designated cultural asset.
Goods are still sold here and exhibitions are held from time to time. The house is open to public for free during events such as the Arimatsu Shibori Festival.
Even during ordinary times, you can have a free tour inside the house by asking permission to the staff within business hours. (Information as of Oct. 2015)
Tea ceremony room
Tea ceremony room at Takeda-tei, which is said to be that the 14th Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi dropped by to have tea on his way to Kyoto. You can feel its history from the walls and columns.
Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dyeing Museum
The actual tie-dyeing show is worthwhile seeing. You can observe how the artisans actually make the Shibori products. Each craftsman has his or her own style and skills. It is also interesting to compare the differences.
Common admission ticket to both the Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dyeing Museum and Arimatsu Dashi (float) Museum is 450 yen. Open hours and days closed differ according to the period of the year.
Yukata, handkerchiefs, and other small goods for souvenirs are sold on the 1st floor of the museum.
Yukata and fabrics are sold here.
On the 2nd floor, materials and videos are displayed to introduce different types of the Arimatsu Shibori and its manufacturing techniques. (Admission fee 300 yen)
Yoroi-kabuto armors made of tie-dyeing.
Tie-dyeing methods are introduced too.