Jeans are such a integral part of everyone’s wardrobe around the world that people these days would have difficulty in identifying the big players in the industry. Of course, this casual fashion is often associated with the United States, where many of the companies that introduced, what was originally work clothing, to a broader spectrum of society are located.
The development of jeans as fashion in Japan really got underway in the 1960s with the historic textile and garment industry in the Kojima district of today’s Kurashiki City leading the way.
Jeans Street is a collection of nearly 40 shops dedicated to the legacy of the production of denim jeans in Kojima. This stretch of shops is a sightseeing destination in its own right in this “sacred ground of jeans”.
Access: Take the JR Seto Ohashi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Kojima Station. Jeans Street is about a 15 minute walk from JR Kojima Station.
About the Area
Kurashiki is the second largest city in Okayama Prefecture by population and is arguably its cultural center.The Bikan Historical Quarter, which is home to the Ohara Museum of Art, has become an international travel destination.
Kurashiki City is made up of several districts, many of which used to be independent towns. As a visitor, the air of independence and cultural distinction are palpable.
Kojima is the textile producing are of the city and is known as the birthplace of the Japanese jeans industry. There are factories, factory outlets and retailers galore.
Tamashima is a historic port town with a beautifully preserved merchant house district. It is also an important ship building area and fruit producer.
Mabi Town is an agricultural region that is also a center for light manufacturing. A town with a rich history, it is the reputed birthplace of the Nara period scholar and minister Kibi-no-Makibi.
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