In Gujo, we have a wonderful culture of craftsmanship.The superb techniques and very soul of master craftsmen of old living in this castle town have been passed down through generations of craftsmen ever since.These traditional crafts include objets d'art and other original products.
In Japan, molded plastic resin replicas of menu items are often displayed in the showcases of restaurant entrances so that diners can grasp the contents of the offered menu at a glance. It is very convenient because you don't need to read menu books carefully when ordering.
These replicas are not common in other parts of the world, but have long been a part of the food culture in Japan. This technique was commercialized by Takizo IWASAKI, who was born in Gujo-Hachiman.
He founded a company using his process in 1932. His hobby was painting, which was considered a luxury at that time. He researched diligently into developing method of using his painting technique to color the food replica products of his company, and his efforts eventually succeeded in a company with nationwide product distribution. The first food replica was of an omelet. It was christened “The Commemorative Ome”.
- Put some wax in lukewarm water.
- Lay the core piece for the shrimp on top of the wax.
- Twist the wax around the core.
- Your shrimp is done!
In Gujo, there are hands-on shops where you can make food replicas. By following instruction of the shop staff, anyone can easily make replicas of tempura and lettuce that are identical with the real thing. You should experience the amazing moment when food replicas come to completion!（ There are 5 hands-on shops in the city.）
Make your own buckwheat noodles and eat them at the selective shops using the buckwheat flour grown in town.
Available from 1 to 60 persons
A workshop for experiencing the Gujo Odori dance
Tips for stylish dancing are given, and participants receive a certificate of attendance for the workshop.
A beginner can make a masterpiece! It will take a month for the work to be fired.
Experience a thrill rafting the rushing water of the pristine Nagara gawa River.