From March 8th to 9th, the Italian National Broadcasting program production TV “Rei3” visited Tanabe City to cover Ryujin Onsen and the Minachi cypress hat workshop.
“Rei3” is famous for broadcasting documentaries of nature, history, world culture, and religion.
Ryujin Onsen is an isolated hot spring area famous for its “beautifying” silky smooth waters. This was also the resort area of the feudal lord of the Wakayama in times past.
Minachi cypress hats are a local product with a long history, especially associated with the Kumano pilgrimage. They are conical shaped and excellent headwear for the local environment. When the weather is dry, there are vent holes in-between the bark shaving for ventilation. When the weather is wet, the bark swells, sealing the hat from the rain. Voila, Nature’s Gore-tex!
The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported with on the ground logistics, etc.
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