“Kyushu: A Journey to the Land of Art and Craft” is the theme of TRAVEL UNA No.3 (Special Issue), a travel design magazine from Kyushu.
- Date of Issue ：May 24, 2021
- Price ：1,980 JPY tax included (print edition)
- Languages ：Japanese and English
- Size ：17.5cm x 24cm
- Page Count ：120
- ISBN ：978-4-9911173-2-9
- Cover Illustration ：Izuru Aminaka
- Guest Writer ：Kaori Kai
TRAVEL UNA (United Native Acumen) is a travel guide that investigates the roots of Kyushu and uncovers the beauty and wisdom contained within, one theme at a time.
This special issue of TRAVEL UNA (No.3) serves as a gateway to a diverse selection of curated craft and art experiences across Kyushu. As all the destinations and craftspeople we introduce in its pages can be visited through UNA Laboratories tours, we invite you to experience this world of Kyushu’s crafts and art for yourself. In the midst of a global pandemic, our new reality has redefined what it means to travel and experience cultures. TRAVEL UNA invites you to explore more possibilities.
Discover your new trip with UNA.
Aya Tamura, Editor in Chief
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Beppu, Oita Prefecture
Art Will Continue Forever
Beppu is a dynamic town that has long prospered as a hot spring destination — one that’s seen the influx of repatriates after WWII and experienced prosperity and decline as a mass tourist destination. Since the launch of the BEPPU PROJECT in 2005 and the flurry of international art festivals held in the city, Beppu has become known as a town of art.
Tsunagi, Kumamoto Prefecture
The Product of Many Loose Connections Through Art
The town of Tsunagi, located in the southern part of Kumamoto Prefecture, has a population of about 4,500. Since 1984, the town has engaged in community development through art with the aim of revitalizing Tsunagi in the aftermath of Minamata disease. Its unique community exchange programs have attracted attention to the town, from both within Japan and abroad.
Karatsu, Saga Prefecture
Rethinking the Past and Crafting the Future of Karatsu Ware
Tucked away on the hillside of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, Kentaro Kiln offers breathtaking views of Karatsu Bay and the Niji no Matsumura Pine Grove. Its owner, Kentaro Murayama, continues to make pottery that both honors the tradition’s origins while looking towards the future.
Yamaga, Kumamoto Prefecture
Creating a 3-D World of Paper and Glue
In Yamaga, Kumamoto Prefecture, a Japanese paper craft called Yamaga Toro has been handed down for generations spanning 600 years. In this article, we introduce the efforts of a young Yamaga Toro maker who is carrying on this time-honored tradition.
Fukuchi, Fukuoka Prefecture
A Family Folding Prayers into Sugary Sweets
The Chikuho region of Fukuoka Prefecture is home to a unique confectionery culture. In this region lies Rakushindo Hompo, where a family of craftspeople make a hard candy called rakugan. Rather than for human consumption, these rakugan are used for religious offerings. Using over 100 different colors, Rakushindo Hompo makes rakugan sculptures in beautiful gradations.
- p4 Greetings from the Editor
- p12 Renewal and Renaissance: Visit Towns Evolving Through Art
- p14 Art Will Continue Forever / Beppu, Oita Prefecture
- p30 The Product of Many Loose Connections Through Art / Tsunagi, Kumamoto
- p40 Crafting the Future: Meet the Craftspeople Reshaping Tradition
- p42 Rethinking the Past and Crafting the Future of Karatsu Ware / Saga・Kentaro Kiln
- p48 Pottery Made from the Earth of Kagoshima / Kagoshima・Ryumonjiyaki Pottery Union
- p54 At the Cutting Edge of Papermaking / Saga・Nao Tesuki Washi
- p60 Creating a 3-D World of Paper and Glue / Kumamoto・Yamaga Toro Nakamura Seisakusho
- p66 Taking on New Challenges of Kurume Kasuri / Fukuoka・Shimogawa Textile
- p72 Recontextualizing Natural Dye for the Modern Age / Fukuoka・Takarajima Senkou
- p80 Katazome: Carving out New Beginnings / Oita・Yotsume Dyehouse
- p88 A Couple’s Journey with Senko Hanabi / Fukuoka・Tsutsui Tokimasa Fireworks Co.
- p94 A Family Folding Prayers into Sugary Sweets / Fukuoka・Rakushindo Hompo
- p100 An Experience with UNA
- p106 Travel Notes: A Conversation Between Josh and Valentina
- p114 Glossary
- p116 Kyushu Art and Craft Map
- The Takarajima Senkou and Yotsume Dyehouse articles are expanded and reprinted from TRAVEL UNA No.1.
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