Difference between the "Designation system for cultural properties" and "Japan Heritage"
for cultural properties
Each cultural property is designated and preserved as separate sites
|Historic site||Oshi Castle site|
|Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds|
|Folk cultural property||Gyoda's tabi socks manufacturing toolsand products|
|Cultural property??||Zeri fry|
Links the assets to promote use and recognition
Outline of Gyoda City's Story
Japan Heritage comprises a story outline, story text, and cultural properties (asset components) that make up the story (evidence), and a plan for regional revitalization. The story of Gyoda City is as follows.
Strolling through the back streets of Gyoda, a town that flourished around Oshi Castle, you can hear the intermittent sounds of sewing machines as an array of tabi storehouses called "tabigura," made from clay, stones, and mortar, come into view. Tabi (traditional Japanese two-toed socks) production in Gyoda began around 300 years ago. First made by samurai wives as a side job, the tabi made in Gyoda later became widely known as a local specialty. At its peak, Gyoda produced around 80% of all the tabi made in Japan. In line with its development, tabi storehouses were built one after another from around the late Meiji period. Many historic buildings such as the tabi warehouses still line the streets to create a charming atmosphere in the city of Gyoda, which is still the leading producer of tabi socks and continues to support the kimono culture of Japan from the feet.