TOKYO, March 1, 2017- Pasona Group Inc. will be holding the renewal opening for Craft Circus, the open-air market on Awaji Island (Hyogo Prefecture), on Saturday, March 18th.
Starting Wednesday, March 1st, vendors are being sought for the newly installed handicraft market area, the Craft Hitotsubo Shop. (The term “hitotsubo” refers to one “tsubo”, a Japanese unit of measurement that is approximately 3.3 square meters.)
▲Images of Craft Circus from last year
Craft Circus was opened on Awaji Island in July of last year, and features various goods and crafts, cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, and an area for visitors to enjoy music and other performances. Since its opening, Craft Circus has welcomed over 30,000 visitors.
For its renewal opening, a new “International Flea Market” and the “Craft Hitotsubo Shop” will be opened on what is currently the bazaar space. The International Flea Market will feature traditional craft goods from countries all over the world, and vendors at the Craft Hitotsubo Shop will be able to sell their crafts from their shops. The new menu will include the “Awaji Onion Meat Bun” and “Seafood Omelette”, among other additions to last year’s popular menu which use a generous amount of local Awaji ingredients.
Further, a “Dog Terrace” will be opened on the over 100-meter-long wood deck for visitors to enjoy a meal with their dog under the beautiful seaside sunset that was named one of “Japan’s Top 100 Sunset Views”.
Through the renewal opening, Pasona Group hopes to draw even more people to the island and contribute to the further revitalization of local industries.
Outline: Vendor Applications for Craft Hitotsubo Shop
||Begins Wednesday, March 1st
||Friday, April 28th (tentative)
||Craft Circus, Hitotsubo Shop area (2.2m by 2.2m per section)
||50,000 yen per month (tax not included)
||Via phone, email, or the application page on the Craft Circus website.
||Pasona Group Inc., Craft Circus Office
Outline: Craft Circus Renewal Opening
||Saturday, March 18th, 2017
||2-2 Nojimahirabayashi, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture (along prefectural Route 31)
||10:30am - 8:30pm (last order at 7:30pm)
Business hours are reduced during the winter season (November - February).
Hours are subject to change due to season and weather. See website for details.
||Every Thursday (excluding national holidays)
Business continues daily throughout August.
||1. International Flea Market
A market space for traditional goods from Western, Southeast Asian, and other countries from all over the world.
2. New Menu Items (tentative)
Awaji Onion Meat Bun, Awaji Onion Skewer, Craft Chinese Meal Set, Craft Beer Set, Craft Morning Pancake Set, Seafood Omelette, etc.
3. Dog Terrace
A wooden deck terrace with approximately 30 seats. Visitors can enjoy meals alongside their dogs under the beautiful seaside sunset that was named one of “Japan’s Top 100 Sunset Views”.
4. Craft Hitotsubo Shop (opening scheduled for April 28th)
A market area with 15 shops for craft goods, as well as a workshop for visitors.
5. Indoor Eating Area (opening scheduled for April 28th)
An eating area for visitors to enjoy a meal even during rainy weather.
||Pasona Group Inc., Craft Circus Office
Reference: Pasona’s Regional Revitalization Initiatives
In 2008, Pasona Group opened “Challenge Farm”, a farm on Awaji Island that fosters personnel in the agricultural industry, and in 2010, introduced a new “half-agriculture, half-art” style of working for young artists and musicians to practice agriculture and art simultaneously. The various programs on the island cultivate a base of young human resources by catering to their strengths. Approximately 300 young people have participated in these programs on Awaji Island to date. In 2012, the Company renovated a closed elementary school building to create “Nojima Scuola”, and also operates “Miele”, a café that offers original honey-based recipes. Many local residents and tourists alike use these facilities.
Craft Circus was opened last year, featuring various goods and crafts, cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, and an area for visitors to enjoy music and other performances. Other initiatives on Awaji Island include “Awaji Art Circus 2016”, which invited 26 artists from 12 countries for pantomime and other performances, and the “UNDOKAI World Cup”, which promoted “regional revitalization”, “health”, and “traditional culture” through the Japanese tradition of “undokai” (sports festivals). The aim is to broadcast the appeal of Awaji Island to people inside and outside of Japan and to contribute to the revitalization of the island.
2:Awaji Art Circus 2016
3:Pasona Challenge Farm