What is “neko”?
"Neko" is a traditional winter jacket made and worn by people in Nagiso town for generations.
This sleeveless jacket that keeps your back warm while still freeing up your arms was created for Nagiso town’s craftsmen and women. This is ideal for them as they can stay warm while engaging in traditional crafts, such as lathed woodcrafts and cypress weaved hats.
This “neko” is still made by hand, following each family’s own form and method passed down from generation to generation. Therefore, the shape and method of each neko are slightly different. It is so warm and comfortable; you will even forget you are wearing it!
Choose your perfect “neko” from a variety of patterns and materials.
The origin of the name “neko (also means ‘cat’ in Japanese)” is not clear. Some say it came from “nenneko hanten (Japanese jacket for mothers and babies). Others say, “it’s because people who wear it have a round back like a cat when they are working,” or “because it’s warm like a cat.”
We hope you will try Nagiso Town’s beloved “neko”!
Tags attached to “Nagiso Neko”
We certify the nekos made by the manufacturers in Nagiso Town following the traditional Nagiso method with a “Nagiso Neko” tag attached inside the jackets. Please check the tag at the time of your purchase.
* Some do not have a tag due to the time of production.
List of “Nagiso Neko” shops:
| Trademark Registration No. 5330501 |
||Nakajima Store||Nakajima Store Hiroko’s Shop|
|2||Local Folk Arts and Crafts Ishikawa||Nagiso Station Souvenir Shop|
|3||Iso Main Store Co., Ltd.||Nagiso Station Clothing store|
|4||Asai||Nagiso Post Office Miscellaneous living goods|
|5||Gallery-Cafe Koh||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
||Iwaiya||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
|7||Marutaya||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
|8||Terashita Chojiya||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
||Shin Makino||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
||Tamaruya||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
|11||Tsuchiya||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
|12||Iseya||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
|13||Aburaya||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
|14||Koraiya||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
|15||Miharaya||Inside Tsumago Post Town|
||Hinokigasa no Ie||Direct sales store of Hinokigasa (cypress weaved hats), designated as Nagano Prefectural Traditional Crafts|
* Closed: Dec - Apr
||Nagiso Neko Factory||Available via an online store|
||Yamaichi Ogura Lathed Woodcrafts||Store of lathed woodcrafts designated as National Traditional Crafts|
||Nobara Crafts||Store of lathed woodcrafts designated as National Traditional Crafts|
Available via an online store
||Yamadai Okura Lathed Woodcrafts||Store of lathed woodcrafts designated as National Traditional Crafts|
|21||Fukinomori||Hot Springs Accommodation|
|22||Kisoji||Hot Springs Accommodation|
||Yorozuya||Kitchen and Café|
|24||Iwakura Village Revitalization Association|
Kakizore no Sato
|Kakizore and Local Products Shop|
In addition to regular products, special orders (size, materials, etc.) may be available upon request.
For more information, please contact us (information shown at the bottom line).
3668-1 Yomikaki, Nagiso, Kiso-gun, Nagano
Nagiso Town Hall Industry and Tourism Department Commerce and Tourism Division
|Nagiso Town Tourism Association|
2196-1 Azuma, Nagiso, Kiso-gun, Nagano, 399-5302 Japan
Phone: 0264-57-2727 Fax: 0264-57-4036
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