A gateway to the islands of Shōdo, Teshima, and Naoshima, the bustling port town of Uno is located in Okayama. Since the summer of 2014, a marché event called “UNOICHI” has been held here.
The first event, held on July 20th, 2014 with around 30 food stands and various booths selling goods from Shōdo Island, Naoshima, Teshima, as well as many other parts of Okayama, was a great success.
Held on a grassy area that juts out to the sea, it is also a lovely spot for enjoying the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea islands…
To keep the marché ‘uniquely Uno’, booths are carefully selected by the event hosts – volunteers who love Uno (port). Unique fresh produce and food is gathered from around Okayama and, of course, the Setouchi islands.
The very active Okayama craft culture represented by Kurashiki, as well as other high quality handicrafts, are also on offer at the events.
“Hinokio Kurumi Works” (https://kurumis.stores.jp/#!/ )”
Working mainly in Okayama,“Hinokio Kurumi Works” offer natural stone jewelry and other exquisite pieces made with materials like 14k gold silver 925, and brass that ensure longevity. Enjoy sunlight even during short autumn and winter days with this lovely Suncatcher!! Each carefully crafted piece created by “Hinokio Kurumi Works” is highly recommended.
Offering something for everyone, many unique, meticulously crafted pieces are on offer at the port town of Uno. Drop by “UNOICHI” to find that special something for yourself or a loved one.
“Teshima Bread Festival”
With an exclusive UNOICHI shop offering bread that matches island life, bread-making lovers living in Teshima started this festival.
“Momen Batake no WS”
Located in Tamano City, Okayama, a cotton shop called Momen Batake holds popular (particularly with ladies) handicraft workshops using a striped material called Marine Look, a cloth that goes well with port life!
-Next Event Date : October 26th (Sun) 10am – 3pm
-Place : Grassy area that juts out to sea at Uno port (approx. 5 minutes walk from JR Uno station and each ferry boarding point)
-Address : 1chōme Chikkō, Tamano-shi, Okayama (Uno port Daiichi Tottei Ryokuchi)
-Website (Japanese) : http://unoichi-tamano.com/
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Asami Asai/Katsutoshi Asai (Kokohore Japan)
Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/
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