Nagahama-rama Pt. 1 長浜へ行こう、その一

Yo! Biwako

Blue Lights Nagahama
ブルーライト長浜

In October 2017, I was graciously invited to visit Nagahama on some short group tours (I know I’m late!). I had never visited before, so it was all rather exciting. Nagahama, like the rest of Shiga, is a really interesting place, steeped in history, and where many ancient Japanese cultural practices still thrive.

2017年10月。長浜でのモニターツアーに招待されました。(お待たせしまいました!)初めての訪問で、とてもワクワクでした。長浜は、滋賀県全体のように、非常に興味深く、歴史に根付いた日本の伝統文化が息づいている所です。
Kinomoto Station

We all met at Kinomoto station on a cloudy morning and, after a few introductions, we were on our way to our first destination: Marusan Hashimoto, makers of silk strings. More specifically, they make strings for traditional Japanese instruments, as well as other traditional Asian instruments. They’re one of only few factories in the world to still make them today and have clients all around the globe. Our guide was the current Mr.Hashimoto himself, the fourth one to head the company.

雨雲の下でツアーのみんなと木ノ本駅で会いました。自己紹介してからすぐの出発。最初の訪問先は生糸絃の老舗メーカーの丸三ハシモト株式会社でした。琴や三味線みたいな和楽器とアジア諸国の伝統楽器の絃等の専門店です。現在世界で僅かしかない製造会社で、顧客は世界中にいます。ガイドは四代目の橋本社長自身でした。

He explained a few things about the strings—their history, what…

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