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Shigaraki Yaki

Shigaraki Ware


When the Emperor Shomu makes purple incense comfort shrine (he does, and pattern comes chisel) in Tempyo period, it is said to be opening to have baked tile and is counted in one of Japan six Old kilns.

Recognized as one of the six old kilns or Rokkoyo in Japan, the origin of Shigaraki Yaki dates back to the making of roofing tiles for the Shigaraki palace by Emperor Shomu during the Tenpyo period beginning in 730.


Unshu Soroban

Unshu Abacus

Writing tools and Abacus

It was in the latter half of the Edo era, and carpenter of Nitacho, Shimane made abacus which was wonderful as materials by willow oak, plum, soot bamboo produced in copybook on abacus which craftsman of Hiroshima made in this district.

Towards the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), a carpenter living in Shimane Prefecture obtained an abacus from Hiroshima made by a specialist and made a very good one using locally sourced oak, Japanese apricot and a smoked form of bamboo called susudake.


Ouchi Nuri

Ouchi Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

When Ouchi who had power around current Yamaguchi in the Muromachi era pushes forward trade with Korea and Chugoku in the light times, as for the Ouchi Nuri, what we recommended as important export is said to be opening.

During the Muromachi period (1392-1573), Ouchi, who was a prominent figure in the area corresponding to present-day Yamaguchi Prefecture, promoted trade with Korea and Ming dynasty China. He encouraged the making of this particular lacquer ware for export and, although this trade finally died out, the skills which had been learned were carried over into the Edo period (1600-1868), and are still with us today.


Iga Kumihimo

Iga Kumihimo Braids

Other textiles

Beginning of Iga Kumihimo is old, and it is said that it dates back to the past in the Nara era.

The origins of Iga kumihimo braid are extremely old and may even date back to before the Nara period (710-794).


Shodai Yaki

Shodai Ware


Tadatoshi Hosokawa becomes change seal in Higo country from Buzen country in 1632 (Kanei 9) and ceramist source seven (the female Shojis first generation) and eight Court Security Office (the Katsuragi house first generation) which followed this are ordered potter and are broken including Shodai Yaki.

When Hosokawa Tadatoshi moved from the fief of Buzen to take control of the fief of Higo in 1632, two master potters were appointed. One of these was Genhichi, the first of a long line of potters of the Hinkoji family, and the other was Hachizaemon, the first of successive generations of potters from the Katsuragi family. It was the appointment of these two men that is said to have marked the beginnings of the making of Shodai Yaki.


Mikawachi Yaki

Mikawachi Ware


It is beginning to have let ceramist whom ruler of land which participated in the Korea dispatch of troops by Hideyoshi Toyotomi of the end of 16th century brought back from Korea bake kiln.

The origins of Mikawachi Yaki date back to the building of a kiln by Korean potters that were brought back to this area of Kyushu by landowners who had taken part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaign to the Korean Peninsular at the end of the 16th century.


Echizen Washi

Echizen Paper

Washi Paper

When beautiful princess appears in okatakawa of this village now approximately 1,500 years ago and told papermaking (we do) kino gi, we are informed. In the Nara era, we were given an important post as copying of a sutra paper to pass, and to represent o of Buddhism.

Legend has it that some 1,500 years ago, a beautiful princess came to the village of Okatagawa and taught the people there how to make paper. In the Nara period (710-794) the paper was highly respected for the copying of Buddhist sutras. Then, when paper began to be used in large quantities by the warrior class, some very high quality papers such as Echizen Hosho were produced in large amounts and using improved techniques.


Tama Ori

Tama Fabrics

Woven textiles

In area equal to current Hachioji, silk was woven from end of the Heian era, and there was Woven textiles such as Takiyama pongee and Yokoyama pongee.

Two silk cloths known as Takiyama pongee and Yokoyama pongee were being made toward the end of the 12th century, in the area of present-day Hachioji on the western edge of Tokyo.


Echizen Uchihamono

Echizen Forged Blades

Metalworking product

When craftsman made with sword of Kyoto came over to this ground for land appropriate for sword production, around the beginning of Muromachi period, maridattato is said to be having made sickle for farmer nearby at the beginning.

When a swordsmith from Kyoto came to this area in search of raw materials at the beginning of the Muromachi period (1392-1573), it seems they made some sickles of the local farmers and this marked the beginning of forging in the area. During the Edo period (1600-1868) with patronage from the Fukui clan, blades made in Echizen were sold all over the country.


Kawanabe Butsudan

Kawanabe Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

In Buddhism and the deep riverside district of connection, the remnants of Heike where power was defeated by with Kawabe whom there was in estrade no ura in the southern part of current Kagoshima at the beginning of the Kamakura era worked hard for missionary work of memorial service and Buddhism around valley of Kawanabechokiyomizu.

At the beginning of the Kamakura period (1185-1333) the Kawanabe area was noted for its connections with Buddhism. Kawanabe, a local powerful family who held sway over the southern part of what is now Kagoshima Prefecture, and the remains of Heike family, who were defeated at Dannoura, began holding memorial services and preaching the word of Buddha along a ravine of clear water in Kawanabe-cho.


Tokamachi Akashi Chijimi

Tokamachi Akashi Crepe

Woven textiles

Around the end of the 19th century, we took sample of cloth for summer of Nishijin of Kyoto home with us, and originally we applied to technique of Woven textiles called Tokamachi transparent silk cloth (we wait the tenth plow) which there was, and trial manufacture study of new product was performed.

Towards the end of the 19th century a sample roll of summer-weight kimono cloth was brought back to Tokamachi from Nishijin in Kyoto. Work then began on adapting an existing local weave called Tokamachi sukiya with a view to producing something new. A great deal of effort was then put into developing and improving the ways of tightly twisting up weft threads, resulting in improvements to another existing cloth, yorisukiya.


Banshu Soroban

Banshu Abacus

Writing tools and Abacus

Abacus was handed down to Otsu from the end, Chugoku of the Muromachi era via Nagasaki.

Coming first from China, the abacus was brought to Otsu from Nagasaki toward the end of the Muromachi period (1392-1573). It was during the following Momoyama period (1573-1600), when Toyotomi Hideyoshi sieged Miki castle, that the people of this small castle town fled to nearby Otsu, where some learned how to make the abacus. When they finally returned to their homeland, they began making what became the Banshu Soroban.