The biwa or loquat fruit has many uses beyond just eating. Here at the "Biwa Club" Roadside Station, they host a ‘hazome’ or "leaf-dyeing" workshop that uses the extract from the leaves of the biwa tree to produce a dye for cloth. Different sections of the cloth are tied together with rubber bands to produce unique designs similar to "tie-dye" patterns often seen on shirts and other clothing. The resulting cloth is a smooth orange color, and the design can be as simple or complex as you like! Come make your own biwa-colored handkerchief, and be sure to pick up one of the many souvenirs that use this tasty fruit.
123-1 Aoki, Tomiura-cho, Minamiboso City
(A 3-minute drive from the Tomiura IC on the Tateyama Expressway. About 20 minutes on foot from JR Tomiura Station.)