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IWAMI RED TILE PROJECT " Akagawara ni kurasu" (Long version) Japanese edition

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Published on Mar 12, 2017

In Shimane, Japan, there is a region called Iwami where “sekishugawara,” roof tiles that have approximately 200 years of tradition, are produced. “Akagawara,” roof tiles that are fired red from the outside to the inside, create the landscape that is unique to Iwami. The tough roof tiles born from the combination of Iwami clay, glaze from Izumo, and intense flame, give birth to the beautiful scenery of the local towns and the Shimane Arts Center “Grand Toit,” an art museum and theater that brings new arts and culture to the region. This is done through the support of the local people who have lived surrounded by akagawara…

We would like to share the wonderful red-roofed scenery that exists in Iwami and introduce the “Grand Toit” (designed by Mr. Hiroshi Naito) through interviews with people who are involved with and have lived with akagawara. Though the Iwami region faces a low birthrate, and a declining yet aging population, it is a land blessed with bountiful nature, history, and culture. Learn about the red roof tiles, and feel the warmth of the Iwami region.

“Sekishugawara” Travel Executive Committee

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