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Nagiso Neko

Nagiso Neko

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”!

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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.

Proof of trust, “Nagiso Neko” tag

List of “Nagiso Neko” shops:

                     Trademark Registration No. 5330501 
Map number Shop name Others
1 Nakajima StoreNakajima Store Hiroko’s Shop
2Local Folk Arts and Crafts IshikawaNagiso Station Souvenir Shop
3Iso Main Store Co., Ltd.Nagiso Station Clothing store
4AsaiNagiso Post Office Miscellaneous living goods
5Gallery-Cafe KohInside Tsumago Post Town
6 IwaiyaInside Tsumago Post Town
7MarutayaInside Tsumago Post Town
8Terashita ChojiyaInside Tsumago Post Town
9 Shin MakinoInside Tsumago Post Town
10 TamaruyaInside Tsumago Post Town
11TsuchiyaInside Tsumago Post Town
12IseyaInside Tsumago Post Town
13AburayaInside Tsumago Post Town
14KoraiyaInside Tsumago Post Town
15MiharayaInside Tsumago Post Town
16 Hinokigasa no IeDirect sales store of Hinokigasa (cypress weaved hats), designated as Nagano Prefectural Traditional Crafts
* Closed: Dec - Apr
17 Nagiso Neko FactoryAvailable via an online store
http://nagiso-neko.com/
18 Yamaichi Ogura Lathed WoodcraftsStore of lathed woodcrafts designated as National Traditional Crafts
19 Nobara CraftsStore of lathed woodcrafts designated as National Traditional Crafts
Available via an online store
http://www.nohara.jp/
20 Yamadai Okura Lathed WoodcraftsStore of lathed woodcrafts designated as National Traditional Crafts
21FukinomoriHot Springs Accommodation
22KisojiHot Springs Accommodation
23 YorozuyaKitchen and Café
24Iwakura Village Revitalization Association
Kakizore no Sato
Kakizore and Local Products Shop

Each family’s method has been passed down through the generations to this day.


It is worn by people of all ages, from children to adults.

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).

“Nagiso Neko” Shop Map:

Nagiso Neko Shops“Neko” comes in various sizes, colors, and materials.

In addition to regular products, special orders (size, materials, etc.) may be available upon request. For more information, please contact Nagiso Town Hall or Chamber of Commerce Tourism Office (0264-57-2001).

Staffs of Nagiso Town Hall wear neko at work. Reduces heating expense and is eco-friendly.


 Nagiso Town’s Map of “Nagiso Neko” shops  (1,077kbyte)

Contact

3668-1 Yomikaki, Nagiso, Kiso-gun, Nagano
Nagiso Town Hall Industry and Tourism Department Commerce and Tourism Division
TEL: 0264-57-2001
FAX: 0264-57-2270

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3668-1 Yomikaki, Nagiso, Kiso-gun, Nagano, 399-5301 Japan
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Phone: 0264-57-2001 Fax: 0264-57-2270
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