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Tango Peninsula 丹後半島


Tango Peninsula in northern Kyoto Prefecture is scenic along the coast with a number of natural features and formations like Byobu Iwa Rock and Tateiwa Rock. Much of the coast is part of the San'in Kaigan Geopark (山陰海岸ジオパーク) that extends from the western half (Kyotango city) of Tango Peninsula to Tottori Prefecture. San'in Kaigan Geopark is also a UNESCO Global Geopark.

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Tango Chirimen Silk Kimono Fabrics 丹後ちりめん


Mention "Tango" to the average Japanese, and they most likely will answer "chirimen?" Scenic Tango Peninsula is synonymous with chirimen silk fabrics made here since 300 years ago.
"Chirimen" (縮緬) literally means "shrunken or crimped fabric." In the West, we call it "crepe fabric." So it has a wrinkly or bumpy surface. We visited a few chirimen factories in Tango and talked to a few of the top people in the industry. We were very impressed by the extremely high quality and their use around the world by major fashion brands.

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Kyotango Kotohira Jinja Shrine 丹後峰山 金刀比羅神社


Established in 1811, Kotohira Jinja Shrine (nicknamed Konpira-san 金刀比羅神社) in Kyotango, Kyoto mainly worships Konpira (aka Kompira), the god who protects sailors, fishermen, ocean transport, navy personnel, and other seafaring people. People also pray here for business prosperity, family safety, scholastic excellence, safe childbirth, recovery from illness, and more. There are at least 30 Kotohira/Konpira Shinto shrines in Japan and the headquarters shrine is Kotohira-gu Shrine in Kotohira, Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku.

This shrine in Mineyama, Kyotango greatly benefited from the patronage of rich, local Tango chirimen makers and it is unique for its koma-neko cat guardians.

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