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Tokushima in Brief

1. Where is Tokushima?
Tokushima is situated in the eastern part of Shikoku Island in Japan.
2. Climate:
Tokushima has a relatively mild climate and abundant rain especially in May, June and July. The annual average temperature is around 15 to 16 degrees Celsius in the coastal region where the Anan National College of Technology is. It is cold in December, January, and February, under 10℃, but it snows very little. It is hot in July and August with temperatures above 30℃ and a high humidity.
3. Population:
Tokushima Prefecture’s population is 817,489, of which 429,476 are female and 388,013 male. Anan City’s population is 55,980, of which
of which 28,893 are

4. Culture:
Tokushima is famous for the Awa Odori Dance Festival. Awa Odori is one of the largest and most famous dance festivals in Japan. It is held from August 12th to the 15th every year. About 1,000 or more people form dancing groups called Ren to take part in the Carnival. Approximately 1.4 million people from all over the world come to see and enjoy the dancing.
Aizome, indigo dyeing, in Tokushima originated over 300 years ago. Its natural deep blue color has been fascinating people for centuries. Tokushima makes many kinds of Aizome products such as dresses, T-shirts, purses, handkerchiefs, coasters, and wall hangings. They are very popular as souvenirs for tourists. There are indigo dyeing tours available to all who would like to learn more about the traditional Aizome dyeing methods. You can even try to dye a product of your own if you like.
We have a special pottery craft, Ohtani-yaki, in Naruto city in Tokushima. The pottery is unique in its elegant simplicity and subdued color. Ohtani-yaki potteries are generally made for daily use, such as huge water jars, vases, rice bowls, coffee and tea cups. The Ohtani-yaki Kiln Festival is held on the 2nd weekend in November, where we can enjoy glazing our own pottery as well as purchasing completed pottery.
The traditional Bunraku puppet show is based on a tragic story from Tokushima in the Edo era (17C). The Bunraku puppeteers perform the show at the Jurobe Yashiki in Kawauchi town, Tokushima city. At Puppet Hall near the Jurobe Yashiki, we can see many types of puppets displayed. We can also see how the puppets are made and operated there.

Awa-Odori, a traditional dance in Tokushima

5. Sports:
Because of the hot summer, many people enjoy summer sports, for example, swimming, camping, hiking, surfing and scuba diving, on the coasts close to the Anan National College of Technology.
Tennis and golf are also popular, both of which can be done year round in Anan.
6. Others:
Tokushima is famous for its beautiful rivers. The Yoshino River (194km) is the longest river in Shikoku. Its abundant and pure water provides us with fertile soil.
There are rice fields covering many parts of Anan, which bring us delicious rice all the year around.
The Naruto Strait is in the northwest of the prefecture. We can observe maelstroms there, because both a warm current and a cold current are mixed in together at the strait. Maelstroms in spring and fall are larger than one in summer and winter.

A maelstrom in the Naruto Strait