‘Igimi-tiguma’ craft fair shows skills of Ogimi artisans
The name of Ogimi Village in the northern part of the island used to be pronounced ‘Igimi’ way back in time and ‘tiguma’ can be translated as ‘nimble fingers,’ so organizers of this handcraft fair combined the two words to coin a special meaning for its name; “making things skillfully and with the whole heart since long time ago.”
Ogimi is known as production area of shiqwasa fruit and a village of longevity. In addition, there are many weavers of bashofu cloth, and makers of pottery and woodwork living in the village. 18 artisans and studios of bashofu, pottery, shisa, woodwork, textile dyeing and Japanese flower arrangement will participate in this event.
On stage, local Ogimi musicians will perform live on Saturday. On Sunday, there are two main events. In the first artists’ talk about their work, and the second is an auction of their products.
There will also be workshops for visitors to try their own hand in making wooden chopsticks, screen printing and pottery. Thos who are interested in seeing how bashofu textiles are woven, they can observe workers making bashofu at the Bashofu Kaikan.
And when visitors want to take a break, they can enjoy coffee made from locally grown coffee beans from Ogimi Village, and local foods like pork miso soup (tonjiru) and ‘Jushi’, rice seasoned and cooked with various ingredients like pork and vegetables.
The Igimi Tiguma Handicraft Fair takes place on April 8th through10th, from 10:00 to 18:00, except on Sunday when it closes at 17:00. The venue is located at Ogimi Village Nouson Kankyo Kaizen Center, admission to the event is free.