Kurume, in the southwestern part of Fukuoka, is a
castle town lying in the Chikushi Plain surrounded
by the Minou Mountain Range and nurtured by the
Chikugo-gawa River. There are many old temples and
shrines, including Suiten-gu Shrine, which is used
to worship the God of Water and the God for Easy
Childbirth by the public, and Bairin-ji Temple,
noted for its plum trees. They form a temple town.
Kurume is well-known for its Kurume- gasuri, which has been designated a National Important Intangible Asset and a National Traditional Craft Product. Kurume-gasuri is an indigo cotton fabric with white splashed patterns. It is believed that Kurume-gasuri originated in the latter part of the 18th century. It was warmly accepted throughout Japan as the material for casual working clothes for the common people. Rantai lacquerware is also a product indigenous to Kurume. This is traditional bamboo ware woven from bamboo grown in the area and coated repeatedly with lacquer. The bamboo ware is available in many varieties, ranging from chopsticks to chairs.
The Kurume azalea, which is the flower of the city, is adored by people in Japan and overseas. In bloom from late April to mid-May, these beautiful flowers can be enjoyed in many places in the city such as the Kurume Shinrin Tsutsuji Koen (Kurume Forest Azalea Park) and the Kurume World Tsutsuji (azalea) Center.