The rush grass industry in Okayama was prosperous in the southern prefecture around Hayashima and Kurashiki because of the blessing on nature of Setouchi. Okayama was a major producer of rush grass in quality and quantity long …time ago. Especially, mat with a floral or bulrush pattern has a long history and it production amount accounts for fifty percent of nation’s total amount. Daily necessities, such as a coaster and slippers, are made based on the weaving technology of the rush grass, and it is popular as a souvenir.
“Ishibiya-cho Furusato Village” is a hometown village which is a castle town of Bicchu Matsuyama castle, having old samurai residences. Among them, Orii house was built 170 years ago. The pond a…nd garden rocks still exist as they originally were. Matchlock guns and armors are exhibited in the museum facing the garden.