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Naka-bashi in the Bikan Historic District
Kikkodo: a typical shop in an old kura

Kurashiki (Japanese: 倉敷) is a city in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. It is on the island of Honshū.

It has been recognized as a core city since 2002.[1]

History[change | change source]

The town has been a center of business and trade for a long time. It is on a canal near Mt. Tsurugata. Kurashiki was not badly damaged during World War II. Many old storehouses, or kura, are here in their original condition. Kurashiki is a popular tourist spot.

Museums[change | change source]

There are several museums in the historic Bikan neighborhood of the city.

  • The City Art Museum was designed by influential Japanese architect, Kenzō Tange.
  • The Ohara Museum of Art shows European art and Japanese art. It features statues by Rodin, and pottery by Shōji Hamada and others. Torajiro Kojima built the original collection.
  • Kojima Torajiro Memorial Hall shows paintings by this artist.

References[change | change source]

  1. Inaba, Yushi. (2009). Japan's New Local Industry Creation: Joint Entrepreneurship, p. 96; Jacobs, A.J. "Japan's Evolving Nested Municipal Hierarchy: The Race for Local Power in the 2000s," Urban Studies Research, Vol. 2011 (2011), p. 8 [PDF 8 of 14]. Retrieved 2012-12-5.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Kurashiki, Okayama at Wikimedia Commons