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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Nagasaki

Mikawachi Yaki

Mikawachi Ware

Ceramics

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.

Nagano

Matsumoto Kagu

Matsumoto Furniture

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

When castle town was established in current Matsumoto, Nagano in the late 16th century, Matsumoto Kagu began as one of the commerce and industry and developed.

Matsumoto Kagu developed from one of the trades set up around the time that Matsumoto in present-day Nagano Prefecture became a castle town in the latter half of the 16th century. It was not until the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), however, that the production of household furniture actually began.

Kyoto

Kyo Uchiwa

Kyoto Round Fans

Other Crafts

Beginning of Kyo Uchiwa dates back to Southern and Northern Dynasties. It is said to be opening in those days that Korean fan (round fan which does not do butterfly) brought in West Japan by Japanese pirates called Japanese pirates (it will be heated) which looted light to China and Korea coast place summoned to reached Fukakusa that was noble villa place of Kyoto via Yamato from Kishu.

Kyo Uchiwa go back to the period in Japanese history known as the Northern and Southern Dynasties (1333-92). It is said that round fans from Korea were brought back to western Japan by wako, Japanese pirates who were constantly raiding the coast of Ming dynasty China and Korea at the time. These imported fans then found their way up through the Kishu to Nara and then onto Fukakusa where aristocrats from Kyoto had their country villas.

Niigata

Sanjyo Butsudan

Sanjo Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Article 3 district was said to be "French capital Article 3", and it was in the middle, and, in prosperous land of Buddhism, temple which had hall Buddhist monastery (do not feel that how about) said to be the Hokuriku first was built in the Edo era.

The area known as Sanjo has always been strongly associated with Buddhism, sometimes known as the ""capital"" of the faith. This is partly evidenced by the building during the 18th century of the Hokuriku region's finest piece of temple architecture.

Niigata

Niigata Shikki

Niigata Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Lacquering technology came from other production centers at the beginning of the Edo era, and monopoly area of lacquer ware called wooden bowl shop was established in current old town in 1638 (Kanei 15), and protectionism had stolen.

Techniques were originally introduced from other centers where lacquer ware was being made at the beginning of 17th century but in 1638, a specialist area for the selling of japanned goods was established under the name of a ""bowl store"" in what is now Furumachi, and received official protection. By 1819, the craft was well enough established for a list of ""master lacquerers"" to be recorded.

Nagano

Kiso Shikki

Kiso Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Opening is 17 turns of the century. Originally, in nature of the locality that the making of bare wood using hinoki of abundant Kiso was prosperous, we received utmost protection of Owari Tokugawa feudal clan in the Edo era and developed.

It was the beginning of the 17th century when this craft got its start, very much founded on the plentiful supplies of local Japanese cypress for the production of carcasses for goods rich in local color. Subsequently the craft developed under firm patronage from the Owari Tokugawa clan through the Edo Period (1603-1868) and this craft became popular with those travelling along the Nakasendo Highway.

Oita

Beppu Take Zaiku

Beppu Bamboo Basketry

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

It is considered to be opening that product put basket for peddling on sale in the Muromachi era. In the Edo era, the name of Beppu Onsen spread out, and kitchen utensils which visitor of hot spring used during stay were made. As these came to be taken to go as souvenir, a lot of bamboo works came to be made and became local industry around Beppu.

The making of bamboo baskets for sale by travelling peddlers during the Muromachi period (1392-1573), marked the beginnings of this craft.

Ishikawa

Kaga Yuzen

Kaga Yuzen Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Beginning of Kaga Yuzen sails up to "umesen" (umezome) which is dyeing technique peculiar to Kaga. It is written down for documents that there has been already "umesen" in middle part of the 15th century.

The origins of Kaga Yuzen go back to a type of dyeing called ume-zome, which was unique to the area. This dyeing technique already existed in the middle of the 15th century and can be verified through written records. Besides ume-zome, other very old methods of dyeing called kenbo-zome and iro-emon are also part of Kaga's legacy of dyeing and went under the general heading of okuni-zome.

Yamanashi

Koshu Tebori Insho

Koshu Seals

Other Crafts

There is mention indicating existence of woodcut teacher treating printing block in Kofu-shi, and craftsman already exists from those days, and "Koshu shopping teach-yourself book" of last years of Edo era knows that we ran business of seal.

Mention is made in a late Edo period (1600-1868) ""shopping guide"" for Kofu, the capital of Yamanashi prefecture, that seals were being sold and skilled craftsmen were making blocks and seals in wood.

Mie

Ise Katagami

Ise Paper Stencils

Industrial arts materials, industrial arts tool

The history of Ise Katagami is old, and, about the opening, there are various opinions. It is thought that there was form paper from place drawing senshokujin where illustrator of the Muromachi era uses form for "picture of many artisans" (shokuninzukushie) for last years in the Muromachi era.

Although the history of these stencil papers dates back a very long way, no one is too sure as to actually when they were first made. However, it seems likely that they were already in existence at the end of the Muromachi period (1392-1573) because a contemporary painter called Kano Yoshinobu, depicted someone using a stencil in a painting called Shokunin-zukushi-e.

Tokyo

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.

Hiroshima

Hiroshima Butsudan

Hiroshima Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Hiroshima was nature of the locality that the Jodo Shin sect of Buddhism was prosperous for a long time. Early in the Edo era, we assumed techniques such as decoration metal fittings worker and round chip box worker (in the case of string comb), painter (master) who moved from Kishu the cause, and Buddhist priest called *ko (tonkou) went to Kyoto, Osaka, and skills and techniques of Hiroshima Butsudan was established afterwards by learning high production technology of Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings, and having returned.

The Jodo Shinshu of Buddhism has found favor among the people in Hiroshima for any hundreds of years. At the beginning of the 17th century a number of artisans skilled in making decorative fittings, braided cords and lacquerers moved into the Hiroshima area from Kishu, and it was their skills that became the foundation of household altar making in this area.