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Kurashiki boat ride

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It started to drizzle around 1 p.m., just when we were about to take our boat ride.  But that didn’t stop us, of course.  Julian was so excited about it! :)

The boat ride takes about 20 minutes, and it costs Y300 for adults, and Y150 for kids.  Tickets are available at the Kurashikikan Tourist Information Office.

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Julian, moi, hubby, and our boatman:

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Here are some photos:

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When we passed under the bridge, Julian wanted to stand up and touch the bridge.  Good thing he didn’t. :)

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Canal-side stone masonry:

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We stopped here for a moment and the boat man started talking about (what I think) is the history of the place.  Unfortunately, it was in Japanese so we couldn’t understand.

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This was when we turned back.  Julian wanted so badly to touch the bridge!

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That’s his naughty smile.: :)

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This is the Kurishikikan Tourist Information Office.  It was originally built as a town hall in 1917.:

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And here are our friendly boat men.: :)

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Written by Camille Palomera- Joven

August 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

Kurashiki denim and textile exhibit

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Kojima district in Kurashiki City is the birthplace of Japanese denim.  It is the denim capital of Japan. It has also been the center for textile production since the days of the samurai.

There are about a hundred family-run indigo and dyeing factories in Kojima.  It would’ve been nice to visit the place, unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time.  This gives us a reason go back to Kurashiki! :)

Anyway, a few meters away from Kurashiki Ivy hotel, there was a denim/ textile exhibit going on!  The denim and canvass products were awesome!  I wanted to buy so many things!  But they were oh! So expensive!  The cheapest pair of jeans that I  saw there cost about Php 10,000! :(

Here are some photos:

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I couldn’t leave Kurashiki without buying something denim.  I got myself an oversized Betty Smith denim tote, which I used throughout our trip! :)

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Written by Camille Palomera- Joven

August 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Kurashiki Ivy Hotel

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The ivy-covered, red-brick building was originally built in 1889 as a cotton mill.  It is now a hotel that features 2 restaurants, public hot-spring baths, and a spa.

Here are photos of the place.: :)

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This is the multi-purpose public  space:

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Written by Camille Palomera- Joven

August 11, 2014 at 10:17 am

Kurashiki Ivy Square

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Kurashiki Ivy Square is just beside the Bikan Historical Quarter.  It used to be a cotton mill, and now, it’s a multi-purpose public space.

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The place is so picturesque with its ivy-covered, red brick buildings!: :)

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This is the Torajiro Kojima Memorial Museum.:

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More photos of the place:

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This is the Kurabo Memorial Museum which housed the original factory of textile maker Kurabo.  This is an important piece of historic architecture.:

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Written by Camille Palomera- Joven

August 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Bikan Historical Quarter

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When I was planning this trip, Kurashiki was only supposed to be a side trip since we were in Okayama.  But as it turned out, it became one of the highlights of our trip! :)

We only scheduled a day tour and we went to the Bikan district.   Again, I felt that we should’ve stayed at least a night there.

Kurashiki is beautiful! :)

My pictures, and the pictures on-line, do not do justice to the real beauty of the place!  Kurashiki is one of those places where it looks better in person than in pictures. :)

The Bikan Historical Quarter in Kurashiki is considered the most picturesque merchants’ quarter in Japan.  The town and its canal was established  300 years ago when the shogunate took control of the area, and developed it into a trade center.  This  national historical preservation district preserves history stretching from the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the Meiji and Taisho periods (1868-1926).

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I remember it was a Monday when we went there, and it was a holiday.  There were a lot of students around!

This ivy-covered building is a restaurant called El-Greco:

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Part of the Kurashiki Canal:

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Hubby and Julian:

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Julian was excited about the boatride! :)

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There were a lot of nice artisanal crafts being sold on the sidewalk.:

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Part of Kurashikikan (Tourist Information Office):

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You can buy boat tickets inside the Kurashikikan: (Julian took this photo: )

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We  tried to buy tickets.  We were told, however, that the next available slot for a boat ride was at 1p.m.

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That gave us a lot of time to explore the place. :)

Here are some photos:

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Written by Camille Palomera- Joven

August 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm

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