Go Gifu Fall Event Newsletter Release

September 14 , 2017
If you are looking for some fall events then look no further!
Go Gifu has got you covered with updated information on some fall events that you won’t want to miss.

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Go Gifu Fall Event Newsletter Release

Mino "Washi" Lantern-Art Exhibition

September 7 , 2017
See the old “udatsu”-lined streets of the historical district in Mino City lighten up by lantern art created by people from all over Japan. These lanterns, which come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors, are created for the annual Mino “Washi” Lantern-Art Contest and are made using Mino “Washi.”

Mino “Washi” is a traditional style of Japanese paper that has flourished for over 1,300 years in Mino City, and is an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage as of 2014. It is also considered to be one of Japan’s Three Great “Washi”, so what better place to enjoy "washi" than here in Mino City?

【Date】 October 7th and 8th (Sat and Sun)
【Time】 5:00pm-9:00pm ***time lanterns are lit
【Venue】 “Udatsu”-lined Old Streets of Mino City
【Access】 10-minute walk from the Nagaragawa Railway’s Mino-shi Station (or a 1-minute walk from “Udatsu no Machinami-dori” bus stop on the Gifu Mino Line of Gifu Bus)
【Notes】 The Mino “Washi” Lantern-Art Exhibition and the Seki City Cutlery Festival are located close together on the Nagaragawa Railway train line, they also take place on the same days so why not pair them together into one trip?
Mino

50th Annual Seki City Cutlery Festival

September 6 , 2017
At Seki, ancient blacksmithing knowledge and techniques have been passed down from generation to generation for over 700 years so it not difficult to see why steel cutlery and edged-tools from here are considered to be of world-class quality.

Seki will hold their annual cutlery festival in October, which is attended by around 50 local cutlery and tool manufacturers. Walk around their booths and look through their wares (which are known for being extremely reasonably priced).

If you want to get your hands on some quality Japanese steel, then this is the place to go. This year marks the 50th year that the festival has been held so you can be sure to expect some extra-special deals.

【Date】 October 7th and 8th (Sat and Sun)
【Time】 10:00am to 5:00pm
【Venue】 2 Chome Honmachi, Seki City (vendors will be along Honmachi-dori Street)
【Directions】 7-minute walk from Nagaragawa Railway’s Seki Station (From JR Takayama Main Line transfer at Mino-Ota Station)

※Traditional Katana Blacksmithing Demonstrations※
View master blacksmithes at work on a real Japanese sword as they pound away on some red-hot steel. Afterwards, wander into the Traditional Swordsmith Museum to view demonstrations of other crafts that were necessary to create one complete sword, like blade sharpening and sheath-making.

【Date】 October 7th and 8th
【Time】 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm
【Admission】 Free (admission to museum is also free for the duration of the festival)
【Venue】 Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum
【Directions】 10 minutes on foot from the cutlery festival venue

For more information:
※Gifu Tourism Web:
http://travel.kankou-gifu.jp/en/see-and-do/59/
※Seki City Tourism Assoc. Web:
http://sekikanko.jp/modules/newseng/index.php?page=detail&bid=564
50th Annual Seki City Cutlery Festival