An Indigo Museum, rare in Japan
A museum which exhibits the works of indigo artist, Hiroyuki Shindo and also a collection of works he collected as a student when he was studying. Adjoining the museum is an indigo dye workshop which dyes works using methods from the past and one can also go on a tour. Seasonal plants, including indigo used for dyeing are planted in the garden and the weeping cherry, which blooms in April are famous in the Miyama’s thatched village (Kayabuki no Sato) and is also viewed by the local residents. It’s a pleasure to be able to drink the pure water from the “indigo well” which is also used for indigo dye. A place where you can learn a lot about indigo dye.
The building is a ”former Hachiroemon Nakano housing” built by a master carpenter of Wakasa in 1796. It is the oldest in the Miyama’s thatched village (Kayabuki no Sato) and the 7 chigi (crossbeams) on the rooftop is proof that the house belonged to the village headman.