Art that you can wear

Indigo Dyeing: Nagao Orifu

Indigo dyeing is an ancient process that involves extracting a bluish pigment that occurs naturally in certain plants and using it to apply color to fabric. An art form known to many cultures around the world, it has been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years.

Indigo has a particularly special place on the cultural landscape of Tokushima Prefecture, as it is used to dye kimono and all manner of cloth used in everyday life. The wonderful hues that are created from the pigment are a common sight during the summer festival in Tokushima City, which is well-known for its Awa-Odori traditional dance.

Nagao Orifu is a textile maker and family business that was founded in 1877 and is currently led by a fourth generation artisan with over four decades of experience in the industry. They produce art that you can wear, creating beautiful clothing in a multitude of designs featuring endless variations of indigo. Workshop tours and dyeing experiences are available with advanced reservations.

About the Area

Tokushima is one of the four prefectures of Shikoku Island in West Japan. It is a land of beautiful mountains and valleys, scenic seascapes and agricultural bounty. Perhaps the prefecture’s most revered cultural property is the Awa Odori dance that is held during the summer Bon Festival. Female performers dance rhythmically through the streets of Tokushima City dressed in their signature indigo kimono and wedge-shaped straw hats. Visitors come from around the world to witness this event.

A natural feature that is also considered a prefectural symbol is the Naruto Whirlpool. It is a spectacular vortex of water created by the juxtaposition of different water currents. The phenomenon can be viewed from the shore or a ship and even from an observation platform directly above it.

Access: Take the JR Tokushima Line to JR Fuchu Station. It is about a 12 minute walk from JR Fuchu Station to Nagao Orifu.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
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