Hirosaki Kogin Institute

弘前こぎん研究所

Kogin-zashi is a kind of sashiko or traditional Japanese reinforced stitching technique born in the Tsugaru region about 300 years ago, during Japan’s Edo period. Peasants would stitch cotton threads into their coarse linen work clothes to reinforce the loose weave. A technique of creating geometric patterns by making stitches while counting the number of weaves was developed, mainly in the area around Hirosaki. There are three different styles by region: Higashi Kogin from the area east of Hirosaki, Nishi Kogin from the area to the west, and Mishima Kogin from the area to the north.

Nowadays, Kogin-zashi embroidery is no longer limited to just farmers’ work clothes. It is used to decorate a variety of items like neckties, handbags, and wallets and has become popular as a folk art.


The Hirosaki Kogin Institute is an organization dedicated to carefully preserving and authentically passing on the traditional craft of Kogin-zashi. It manufactures and sells Kogin-zashi products made with traditional materials and techniques.

Visitors can also observe artisans at work or try stitching their own Kogin-zashi coaster. (For the latter, participants who cannot speak or understand Japanese must be accompanied by an interpreter.)

Those who are interested in the hands-on experience can apply from the following website.


tsugarunavi.jp

General Information

Address
青森県弘前市在府町61
Telephone Number
0172-32-0595
Opening Times
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closures
Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays
Prices
Free
Directions
Approx. 15-minute walk from Chuo-hirosaki Station on the Konan Tetsudo Owani Line
Car Park
Available
Website
Hirosaki Kogin Institute

Basic Information

  • Multilingual
    Staff
  • Multilingual
    Signs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Contactless
    Payments
  • Tax Free
  • Parking Lot
  • Barrier-Free
    Toilet
  • Barrier-Free

COVID-19 Prevention

  • Face Masks
    Required
  • Sanitizing
    Stations
  • Temperature
    Checks
  • Physical
    Distancing

MAP

Nearby sightseeing spots

Former Hirosaki City Library
Former Hirosaki City Library
more
Hirosaki City Tourist Center
Hirosaki City Tourist Center
more
Fujita Kinen Teien (Fujita Memorial Garden)
Fujita Kinen Teien (Fujita Memorial Garden)
more
Former To-o Gijuku Missionary Residence
Former To-o Gijuku Missionary Residence
more
to top
 

Notice


As of August 9, 2022, intense rain has been falling intermittently in Aomori Prefecture, and the risk of landslides, flooding, and flood damage is rapidly increasing, so please exercise extreme caution. In addition, warnings and advisories have been issued in many cities, towns, and villages. For more information, please refer to the "Aomori Disaster Prevention Portal".

Aomori Prefectural Tourism and International Strategy Bureau


Aomori Disaster Prevention Portal