Welcome to Kumano, brush-making capital of Japan

By Steve John Powell, for CNN. Photos by Angeles Marin CabelloUpdated 20th March 2014
Every year, used brushes from all over Japan are brought to Kumano to be thrown onto a pyre.
Every year, used brushes from all over Japan are brought to Kumano to be thrown onto a pyre.
Angeles Marin Cabello
A calligraphy master uses a giant brush to put on a show at the annual Kumano Brush Festival.
A calligraphy master uses a giant brush to put on a show at the annual Kumano Brush Festival.
Angeles Marin Cabello