Kanuma is north of Tokyo and next to the World Heritage temples and shrines of Nikko.
Kanuma shares the same cultural area.
The skilled craftsmen who built and repaired the Nikko temples and shrines live in Kanuma,
a town famous for such craftsmen.
Downtown Kanuma is at an altitude of about 150 meters, but the western part of the city rises to 1,500 meters.
It is there that you can enjoy mountains, expansive highlands, and beautiful nature to your heart's content.
Kanuma is full of natural resources which enables it to grow various agricultural products.
This blessing of nature has contributed to the creation of traditional sweets and attractive local goods.
Soba (buckwheat noodles) with leeks
Kanuma wagyu beef
Kanuma konnyaku (paste made from konjac flour)
Yaki kinton (baked sweet buns)
Ganso yatai monaka (float-shaped, bean jam-filled wafers)
We take pride in the fact that Kanuma is Japan's largest producer of hemp.
The outer fibers of the hemp are stripped away.
Hemp is used in clothing, rope and other products.
In Japan, some people believe it can be a good luck charm.
Hemp is also used to make shimenawa, the big ropes at the front of shrines, as well as other items found at shrines.
Kanuma is one of the largest producers of satsuki (azalea).
Kanuma is also known for its soil.
Satsuki and bonsai (dwarf trees) grown using Kanuma soil are famous for their quality.
Kanuma-kumiko (designs made with strips of wood)
Japan takes pride in its chic artistic woodworking which involves traditional skills.
The designs incorporate the interior decorations found in a traditional Japanese room.
No nails are used in assembling the one- to five-millimeter strips of wood which make up various designs.
Errors of even 0.1 millimeters cannot be tolerated, so very delicate skills are required.