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Returning Indigo

The Returning Indigo installations are made up of over 200 smaller lengths of cloth - each one cut from one of the larger cloths dyed by indigo dyers throughout the county. At each of the six sites of historical significance to indigo that the cloths will travel to, visitors are invited to select their favorite shade of blue and make a pin with it to take with them and wear throughout the festival. This is a fun and simple action intended to build connections between the people of Tokushima and dyers throughout the country as well as to Awa indigo in general.

■Times and Locations:

Omiya Hachiman Shrine, Sanagouchi Village
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The local legend of this shrine tells of the god Saruta-Hiko appearing to villagers and explaining to them how to process indigo leaves into dye – an appropriate starting point for the project!
Date | Time: July 28-29, 2012 10:00 – 16:00 daily
Tokushima Central Park – "Eagle Gate" Plaza
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The Eagle Gate was the historical entrance to the Tokushima Castle, once the home of the Hachitsuka Clan who as the feudal lords in the Edo period had the foresight to invest heavily in the research and development of indigo in Tokushima. Because of their efforts some 400 hundred years ago the tradition of indigo continues to this day in Tokushima.
Date | Time: August 12-13, 2012 10:00 – 16:00 daily
Wakimachi's Udatsu Townscape – Yoshida House
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Many towns along the Yoshino River thrived because of the indigo trade in Tokushima. Wakimachi is the western-most of those communities, and the impressive scale of the homes and buildings in the Udatsu Townscape are evidence of the wealth that indigo brought. The historical Yoshida House is typical of many indigo trader's homes with it's indigo storehouses and easy access out the back to the inlets on which the indigo would be carried by boat to the Yoshino River an eventually throughout Japan.
Date | Time: August 18-19, 2012 10:00 – 16:00 daily
Tokushima Prefectural Bunka-no-Mori Park – 2012 National Cultural Festival Opening Ceremony
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Much of the local culture of Tokushima was facilitated by the wealth brought to the region through the indigo trade. The Returning Indigo cloths therefore make a perfect opening curtain for the 2012 National Cultural Festival that celebrates the local culture of Tokushima.
Date | Time: September 1, 2012 13:00 – 19:00
Youme Town Tokushima – Central Court
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Tokushima's newest and largest shopping center is in the town of Aizumi. The town's name translates roughly as "Indigo Dwelling", and as its name implies, this community was once the region's largest producer of indigo. The indigo from Tokushima was historically at the center of the economic life of the region, so it seemed appropriate to bring the project to it's contemporary counterpart built on the land where the indigo that gives the town its name once grew.
Date | Time: September 22-23, 2012 10:00 – 17:00 daily
Awa-Gin Hall Plaza
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The area around Awa-Gin Hall and Aibahama Park along the Shinmachi River in downtown Tokushima once had the greatest concentration of indigo warehouses in the region. The indigo grown and processed into sukumo throught Tokushima all moved through here on its way to indigo dyers throughout the county. This history makes for a meaningful last stop of the Retuning Indigo cloths before the move a few miles down river for the final warehouse installation.
Date | Time: September 30, 2012 10:00 – 16:00

All events are free and open to the public.