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Bin Temari no Yakata Museum exhibits temari threaded balls in round glass bottles. Temari is a symbol of Echigawa. Near Echigawa Station. Intersection in Echigawa with a bin-temari monument. Map
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Bin-temari monument. "Bin" means bottle, and "temari" is a threaded ball. The bin-temari is a round glass ball with a threaded ball inside.
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Echigawa Bin-temari-no-Yakata or the Echigawa Bin-temari Museum. Open 10 am - 6 pm, closed Mon., Tue., last Wed. of the month, and national holidays. 7-min. walk from Echigawa Station. 愛知川びん手まりの館
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Inside the courtyard of the Echigawa Bin-temari Museum.
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Entrance to the Echigawa Bin-temari Museum. Free admission.
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Well-known bin-temari maker.
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Showcase full of bin-temari.
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Bin-temari come in different sizes and an infinite number of threaded-ball designs. It also makes a great wedding gift since the round shape symbolizes harmony of the heart and family. You can also clearly see inside. 中がよく(仲良く)見える
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Bin-temari in Echigawa, Shiga. Echigawa's bin-temari history goes back to around 1840 when its oldest bin-temari was made. However, this traditional art died out with the death of Aoki Hiro in 1973, Echigawa's last bin-temari maker.
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After Aoki's death, a temari preservation society was formed and the craft was passed on based on Aoki's husband's memory of how his wife made it. Besides Echigawa, only a few other places in Japan still make bin-temari.
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It makes you wonder how they fit the temari threaded ball into the round glass bottle.
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The ball is actually hollow like a balloon. It is inserted into the bottle in a deflated state, then expanded into a ball. The museum also has a fascinating video showing how temari is made.
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On display are temari balls from other parts of Japan.
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Some balls have tassels.
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Crane design in temari
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Panel displays showing the history of Echigawa.
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Aerial photo of Echigawa.
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Nakasendo Road in Shiga
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The museum complex includes the Echigawa Public Library.
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In a small room in the library is Echigawa's sister city exhibit. Echigawa used to be a separate town before it merged with Aito to form Aisho town.
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Sister city certificate for West Bend, Wisconsin, USA, in Echigawa Public Library.
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From the city of West Bend, Wisconsin.
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Quilt from Echigawa's sister city of West Bend, Wisconsin.
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Bin-temari mail box in front of Echigawa Station.
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Temari manhole cover in Aisho, Shiga
   
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