It was the summer of 1968. Between the street protests against the Vietnam War and the rapid industrialization of corporate Japan, a young man called Hiroyuki Shindo fell in love with indigo whilst studying at the Kyoto City University of Fine Arts. His love affair with this ancient dye took him to village markets on the other side of the world and back. You can see his lifelong collection at the Little Indigo Museum, a thatched house in Kita Village in the town of Miyama. Like many shops in this village, it is closed for hibernation in winter.
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