Get to Know Japan: Kanagawa


January 23 & 27, 2020

Discover the charms of Kanagawa through this special three-part series! Located just south of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is a unique mixture of Japanese and foreign roots. Famed for such sites as the cosmopolitan port city of Yokohama, the grand Buddhist temples of Kamakura, and the quaint hot spring town of Hakone, Kanagawa is the perfect balance of traditional and modern Japan. The prefecture is the home of artisanal woodcraft such as kamakura bori, carved wood ware with lacquer coating and yosegi, a geometric mosaic of wood pieces typically used for decoration, created with pride and specialized artisanship. Hakone is known for its natural hot springs and ryokan, or traditional Japanese inns, which deliver true omotenashi. Yokohama Harbor is the site of the momentous Harris Treaty of 1858, which opened up the port as an international hub to the U.S. and other countries, launching Japan into a new era.

Get to Know Japan Series: Kanagawa is part of Japan Society’s year-long, institution-wide Passing the Torch series.

Get to Know Japan Series: Kanagawa is co-organized by Kanagawa Prefectural Government.

Images: © Kanagawa Prefectural Government

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