Ramie Growing and Fiber Extraction
Showa Village in Fukushima Prefecture has since the Edo Period been the only place
on Honshu where high-quality ramie is cultivated for use in hempen cloth
Society for Conservation of the Ramie Production Techniques of Showa Village
Accredited in 1991
Karamushi Kaikan, Nakajima, Shimonakatsukawa, Showa-mura,
Onuma-gun, Fukushima Prefecture 968-0103
Ramie is a plant in the nettle family, called karamushi in Japanese. The traditional techniques for cultivating the plant and extracting the fibers have been passed down unchanged over many generations of farmers.