From Tokyo, my next destination was Okayama. Okayama Prefecture is rural for the most part especially when compared to Tokyo. More traditions are left untouched and you can also enjoy great views, lots of old architecture, and farm fields. Lots and lots of farms. Okayama is probably most well known for the Koraku-en park and as the origin of the Momotaro fable (Peach Boy). If you’ve been following Made with Japan, Okayama is also home and origin of Japanese denim. The industry here is the strongest it has ever been thanks to the efforts to preserve traditional high-quality denim making techniques by companies like Japan Blue Group, parent company of Momotaro Jeans. You can read our interview with Momotaro Jeans HERE.
Okayama is a very special place for me because my mom is from here, a small town in Okayama called Ushimado (literally translating into “cow window”). I used to come out here to visit my relatives and I have fond childhood memories helping my grandparents out in the fields (they were super farmers), playing with my cousins, outings to parks, the beach, fishing, sailing, and what not. In this episode, I will share pictures of my grandma’s traditional Japanese house, where a good chunk of my memories in Okayama revolve around.
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