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[FURUSATO GUJO TV] Rinsing cloths in the river during the coldest period of winter


Traditional culture

Here is the video ”Rinsing cloths in the river during the coldest period of winter", which was provided by Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture.



Gujo dyeing is the locally produced indigo dye. Now the Watanabe family is the only dyers in Gujo-Hachiman, who passes down the traditional art of dyeing. The Watanabe dye shop was established in the early Edo period and has 420 years of history.
Every January, the seasonal event of rinsing carp streamers is held on the bank of the Yoshida River. The homemade glue are put onto some parts of the carp streamer fabrics to keep the pigment from getting onto them. By rinsing the fabrics in the water, not only is the glue taken off the dyed carp streamer, but also does the fabric get tighten and vivid colors emerge. Carp streamer has been considered auspicious since old time. When you have a baby boy, the family puts the carp streamers up on their roof wishing for their son's health and success.



Place: The Yoshida River, Hachiman Town, Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Date: Two days between around January 20th and the first weekend of February


*The video is reprinted with permission from Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture.

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