Weaving Wonder in Kagoshima

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Oose Shoten, a kimono fabric maker in the heart of Kagoshima City, where the ancient art of Oshima Tsumugi silk weaving comes alive. This exclusive tour offers you a unique opportunity to delve into the world of one of the world's most renowned textiles, celebrated for its intricate patterns and deep, natural colours.

Oshima Tsumugi − Japan’s Finest Silk Fabric

Originating from the southern island of Amami Oshima about 1,300 years ago, Oshima Tsumugi is not just any silk fabric. It’s a story, a chronicle of time, reflecting centuries of refinement in its intricate patterns and distinctive deep colours. Handwoven using threads dyed with local plants and mud, each piece is a tribute to nature's richness.

The crafting process is a labour of love and a test of patience, often taking several months to complete a single bolt of fabric. Yet, the final result - a soft, lustrous, and remarkably durable silk cloth - is worth every painstaking effort. Embracing an Oshima Tsumugi kimono is like draping yourself in living history, a vibrant testament to Japan's enduring craftsmanship.

Experience Tradition First-Hand

Your adventure begins with a visit to the quaint Oose Shoten workshop, a sanctuary of tradition amidst the modern city. Here, the rhythmic clacking of hand-operated looms tells a story of craftsmanship and dedication passed down through generations.

Immerse Yourself in Silk and Culture

Step into the Takakura, a traditional raised storehouse from Amami Oshima, and marvel at an extensive collection of Oshima Tsumugi kimono.
Select your favourite piece and experience the luxury of being dressed in a kimono by a professional, or opt for modern Oshima Tsumugi clothing. Each garment tells a story, a narrative woven into every thread.

Become a Kimono Connoisseur

Learn about kimono construction, the difference between kimono fabrics, and the various types of Oshima Tsumugi before entering the workshop to see these exquisite textiles being created.

Meet the
Master Artisans

Engage with the master weavers, the guardians of this timeless art. Their skilled hands turn simple silk threads into exquisite patterns, each a testament to their artistry. Gain insights into their meticulous process, from the natural dyeing to the weaving, and even try your hand at the loom.

Beyond the Weave

The tour extends beyond the workshop. Explore Kagoshima City with our expert guide, dive into the local tea culture, and enjoy a meal at Satsuma San’ei, where traditional cuisine meets modern flair. Discover the serene Tamazato Garden, an Edo-period gem, and engage in the spiritual Way of Incense and Tea, deepening your understanding of Japan's rich cultural heritage.

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Join Us on
This Cultural Odyssey

A visit to Oose Shoten is not just about exquisite silk; it's about connecting global travellers with the heart of Japanese art, culture, and tradition. Our tailor-made journeys promise more than just a tour; they offer an immersive experience of the living culture of Kagoshima.

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About Oose Shoten

Established in 1930, Oose Shoten specialises in crafting and wholesaling Oshima Tsumugi, an esteemed traditional fabric from Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. Our product range extends beyond kimono, embracing the concept of "everyday elegance with Oshima Tsumugi" to make this exquisite textile a part of daily life. To share the allure of Oshima Tsumugi with a global audience, we offer immersive cultural experiences like factory tours and weaving workshops, inviting both local and international visitors to discover the charm of this traditional craft.