It is said that cultivation of bonsai trees started in Takamatsu during the Edo period, when local people dug up pine trees growing on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea and replanted them in pots. This was the start of bonsai in Takamatsu City. Today, bonsai are one of the representative products of Kagawa prefecture, and the production volume in Kinashi and Kokubunji of pine bonsai are number one in the country. This cultivation technique has spread all over the world, supported by its numerous fans. Among the many types of pine bonsai, Kuro-matsu (black pine), Nishiki-matsu (corkbark pine), Goyo-matsu (Japanese white pine), and Aka-matsu (Japanese red pine) are four representative types. Kuro-matsu is called the king of pine bonsai. The species is named for the black color of its trunk. The trunk, and the long, straight needles project a powerful beauty that has attracted a great number of admirers. Nishiki-matsu is the pine bonsai that launched mass bonsai production. The most interesting feature of this pine is the unique bark on the trunk. The rough, almost frothing quality of the bark fascinates people who see it. Goyo-matsu has needles that come in bunches of five, just like a human hand. The red color of the trunk gives aka-matsu its name. While aka-matsu resembles kuro-matsu in many ways, it has a more delicate silhouette.
One of the Specialties of the Sanuki area is "Sanuki Udon". People in Takamatsu have been enjoying Sanuki Udon for a long time. It is an old tradition dating back many years. All the necessary ingredients for making udon including: wheat, salt, soy sauce and dried sardines were cultivated here.
There are many varieties "Sanuki Udon."
Hot broth over boiled udon noodles topped with green onions.
Boiled noodles washed with cold water and served with a soy sauce seasoning.
Boiled Udon noodles served in a soy sauce seasoning topped with fried vegetables and seafood or grated white radish.
Boiled noodles cooked in a pan with soy sauce seasoning.
Mure-cho and Aji-cho are located at the base of Mt. Gokenzan. This is where aji-ishi stone is produced. Aji-ishi stone has a number of distinctive qualities, including its remarkable hardness. It is also said that even after two hundred years, words carved into an aji-ishi stone can still be read, and the stone does not lose its luster. The biggest feature of this stone, is how the more it is polished, the more it sparkles, and a unique black and white speckled pattern emerges. Of all the kinds of stone in the world, his pattern can only be seen in aji-ishi, and because of its rarity and special qualities, it is also known as diamond granite.
Takamatsu, facing the ocean, features a lot of fresh seafood.
A variety of cuisine is served, including sashimi, grilled, tempura, sushi, and nabe.
Enjoy original style seafood cuisines served from high class to reasonable restaurants.
Botaori was developed by a weaver from Kyoto who was invited by Takamatsu feudal lord in the early Edo period, around the end of the 17th century. The name Botaori (hold-many textile) is derived from its ability to "hold many years." It is light and feels soft so it has been used for kimonos, summer kimonos and wrapping cloths through the ages. Recently, it is used for daily shirts, blouses and handkerchiefs.
Lacquer ware is a traditional craftwork existing from ancient times in Japan. The sap from lacquer trees creates a unique shininess and texture widely loved as a unique Japanese beauty. Here in Takamatsu, Kagawa Lacquer Ware has been observed as a national treasure.
This is the method of engraving lines of patterns onto a bowl then putting colored lacquer in the gap. After drying, it is polished. The gorgeous patterns are said to be the king of Kagawa Lacquer Ware.
Choshitsu (engraving lacquer)
This is the method of coating several layers of lacquers onto a surface then engraving it with a knife to bring out the color you would like to appear creating beautiful line patterns. It is widely known with interiors.
This is the method of drawing patterns on the surface of black or red finished lacquer ware using different colors of lacquer. Main lines and main parts of a picture are then carved with a knife, and very fine lines are carved to finish up.
It is popular for furnishing goods and daily goods such as containers used to keep tea tools; as well as serving trays.
Zokoku-nuri (Zokoku coating method)
This is the method of coating a surface with lacquer several times, and then putting powder made from makomo, a gramineous plant that grows near the water, to finish it up. It is used for saucers, teacups and trays; and it gains elegance as you use it.
Goto-nuri(Goto coating method)
This is the method of coating a surface twice. A second coat of lacquer with a little bit of color is added to the red lacquer to give a look of elegance. It is then coated with a transparent lacquer to finish it up. This method of lacquer is often used for low tables which become more elegant as time passes.
Hokosan is a Japanese paper doll modeled after Omakisan who sacrificed herself for a princess with a serious illness. It was one of the things to bring as a charm against sickness at the time of a marriage. It has a lovely, innocent face loved by many people. Small dolls are bought as souvenirs by tourists.