Formerly an independent town, Mabi became part of Kurashiki City in 2005, adding to the city’s beauty and cultural heritage.
Perhaps the town’s most famous native son best illustrates its importance to Japanese history as a whole. Kibi-no-Makibi was a Nara period scholar and political figure, who among his many accomplishments, spent seventeen years in China. He travelled there in the 8th century during China’s Tang dynasty. He is a testament to the deep rooted cultural exchange that has mutually benefited the two countries.
Kibi-no-Makibi is often credited with inventing the katakana script that is used to write foreign words in Japanese, although there is some debate surrounding this.
Bamboo groves are so plentiful in Mabi that their presence has spawned to developments. One is a cuisine featuring bamboo shoots and the other is an entire industry built around products made from bamboo.
There are many ways to connect with Mabi Town but perhaps the most intimate is a stay at the town’s Utsukushi Mori. Camp or stay in a bungalow in the middle of pristine nature. This park reserve has been set aside to allow visitors access to a safe environment in which to enjoy nature. There are several cottages for rent as well as a camping area. The park is also used by locals as an event venue.
Mabi Town is ripe with natural wonder, from its enchanted forests to its countless rice fields.
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