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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Miyagi

Naruko Shikki

Naruko Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Early in the Edo era, feudal lord who ruled over area equal to current Narukocho, Miyagi sends local Laquer Ware craftsman and lacquer work craftsman out for ascetic practices in Kyoto and is called that we planned promotion of Naruko Shikki.

At the beginning of the 17th century, the lord of the fief in the area where Naruko is situated, dispatched lacquerers and maki-e craftsmen to Kyoto to develop their skills, in an attempt to raise the popularity of the local product. According to a late 18th century document various household items were being produced and by then the production of lacquer ware was the main employment for the people of Naruko.

Tokyo Kanagawa

Tokyo no dyed goods in the local area

Tokyo Plain Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

It developed in no dyed goods in the local area such as bluish purple, indigo plant, safflower, Edo tea used by craftsmen of dye house of the latter period during the Edo era as the origin. The feature is that we match colors by stack dyeing.

From the middle to the end of the Edo Period, dyehouse artisans in these regions developed the craft of plain dyeing fabric in Edo-violet, indigo, safflower red, Edo-brown, and other colors. The main feature of this dyeing style is its color harmonization achieved through repeated dyeing.

Yamagata Niigata

Uetsu Shinafu

Uetsu Shinafu

Woven textiles

In Japan, we made thread with fiber which we took out of the trees and plants such as course (we die), Paper mulberry (we ask), elm (similar), wisteria (wisteria), kudzu (waste), ramie (choma) which grew wild distantly in the fields and mountains from Jomon and Yayoi period and we finished weaving on cloth as private use and used to clothes or accessories.

In Japan, ever since the Jomon and Yayoi periods, people have made thread from fiber derived from plants and trees that grow naturally in the mountains such as Japanese linden, mulberry, elm, wisteria, kudzu, and ramie, and used this thread to weave fabric and make clothing and ornaments for private home use.

Fukuoka

Agano Yaki

Agano Ware

Ceramics

When Tadaoki Hosokawa became feudal lord of Kokura feudal clan in (1602) at the beginning of the 17th century, we invite Korean ceramist, and what let the whole families make ascending kiln in here Ueno does by opening.

Agano Yaki dates back to the 17th century, when Hosokawa Tadaoki, who became the feudal lord of the Kokura clan in 1602, invited a Korean potter to come to Japan and had members of his clan construct a noborigama--one of the famous ""climbing kilns--in Agano.

Yamanashi

Koshu Suisho Kiseki Zaiku

Koshu Crystal Carving

Semiprecious Stone Craftwork

It does by opening that crystal uncut stone was discovered in interior of known "gotakenoborisenkyo" by beautiful view approximately 1,000 years ago.

This craft started some one thousand years ago, after quartz was found near Mount Kinpu beyond Mitakeshosenkyo, which is famous for its beautiful views. When it was first discovered, it was used as an ornament but by the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868), Shinto priests were taking the raw material to Kyoto to have them made into gems.

Toyama

Shogawa Hikimono Kiji

Shogawa Turnery

Industrial arts materials, industrial arts tool

At the end of the 16th century, driftwood business to send wood which Kaga feudal clan which ruled area around current South Ishikawa used using flow of Shogawa was begun.

At the end of the 16th century, timber used by the Kaga clan, which governed the area mainly in the south of present-day Ishikawa prefecture, used the Shogawa river to float logs down stream. This is how the handling of timber began and the logs were stored in a pool within the district of Shogawa-cho, which became the largest collection point for timber in the Hokuriku region.

Nagano

Shinshu Tsumugi

Shinshu Pongee

Woven textiles

Beginning of Shinshu Tsumugi dates back to the Nara era to woven "ashiginu".

The origins of Shinshu Tsumugi go back to a silk cloth called ashiginu that was woven in the Nara period (710-794). Because of the rivalry and encouragement that the clans in the province of Shinshu were given, sericulture was very popular and the production of pongee throughout the province flourished, and every year large quantities of cloth were dispatched to Kyoto.

Fukushima

Aizu Nuri

Aizu Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

What recommended that the whole families who had power in this district in the Muromachi era plant lacquered tree does by opening.

It was the planting of lacquer trees promoted by a powerful local family during the Muromachi period (1392-1573) that led to the making of Aizu Nuri. Then, when Gamo Ujisato who hailed from present-day Shiga Prefecture arrived to head the Aizu clan in the Momoyama period (1573-1600), he brought skilled lacquerers to this northern region from Shiga. Their skills were disseminated and as a result of fostering the development of techniques in crafts using lacquer, Aizu soon became a production center for all kinds of lacquer ware.

Tokyo

Honba Kihachijo

Kihachijo Fabrics

Woven textiles

In the old days, Norinaga Motoori left with "zururamukashi where the name of island called pseudo hachijo-silk was than that hachijo-silk".

It seems that the island of Kihachijo got its name from the Hachijo cloth, and the island was a supplier of silk right back in the Muromachi period (1392-1573). Since the middle of the 18th century, very elegant striped and checked cloths have been woven on the island, and these kimono cloths and obi still have many followers today.

Niigata

Nagaoka Butsudan

Nagaoka Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

It is informed by each places of the whole country Nagaoka Butsudan with the opening that carpenter specializing in building shrines and temples, master craftsman of Buddhist image, engraver, painter (master) who gathered dealt with Household Buddhist Altars production as side job during winter to build temple, main shrine in area around Nagaoka-shi in the about 17th century. In the early 19th century, Household Buddhist Altars came to be managed as local industry.

During the 17th century, a number of temples and shrines were built in and around the city of Nagaoka. It seems that the specialist carpenters, sculptors of Buddhist images, sculptors of other carved elements and lacquerers who had come into the area from all over the country because of this building work, started making household Buddhist altars during the winter months.

Nagasaki

Hasami Yaki

Hasami Ware

Ceramics

At the end of 16th century, Omura feudal lord participates in the Korea dispatch of troops of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and it is said that it was begun by Korean ceramist whom we brought when we return home.

At the end of the 16th century, the feudal lord of the Omura clan accompanied Toyotomi Hideyoshi on one of his campaigns to the Korean Peninsular. On his return he brought back some Korean potters with him and they began making pottery in Hasami.

Fukuoka

Hakata Ori

Hakata Textiles

Woven textiles

In the Kamakura era, Hakata merchant passes to Chugoku of the times of Soong with priest, and it does by opening to have taken Woven textiles technology home with.

During the Kamakura period (1185-1333), merchants from Hakata journeyed to Sung dynasty China with the founder of Joten-ji temple, Shoichi Kokushi, and the weaving techniques they brought back with them laid the foundations of Hakata Ori.