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Imari Arita Yaki

Imari-Arita Ware


It is beginning of Imari Arita Yaki that clay for chinaware which is raw materials of porcelain was discovered in Arida Izumiyama by Sanpei Ri of ceramist whom Saga feudal lord who participated in the Korea dispatch of troops by Hideyoshi Toyotomi of the end of 16th century brought back from Korea.

The origins of Imari Arita Yaki date back to the end of the 16th century when the Saga clan, which had been involved in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaigns in Korea, brought back the potter, Li Sanpei who discovered porcelain stone at Mount Arita Izumi, in northern Kyushu. The porcelain that was subsequently made there was the first to be produced anywhere in Japan and was originally called Imari Yaki, simply because it was shipped through the port of Imari.


Sekishu Washi

Sekishu Paper

Washi Paper

In "Engi era expression (engishiki) written in the Heian era," the name of Iwami comes up.

While mention is made of Sekishu in the Engishiki, a Heian period (794-1185) document on court protocol, a more direct reference to paper is made in the Kamisuki Chohoki, a ""A Manual of Papermaking"" published in 1798. It says that when a Kakinomotono Hitomaro went to take up the post of protector in the province of Iwami (Shimane prefecture), he taught the people there how to make paper.


Suruga Hinagu

Suruga Hina Doll Fittings

Dolls and Kokeshi

Suruga Hinagu has been already produced in the times when Imagawa was daimyo of Suruga of Totomikuni in the 16th century. We applied high technique introduced triggered by climate that was warm high humidity and building of Kuno mountain Toshogu and Asama Shinto shrine from the whole country, and the making of tool for young bird developed as field for one minute of the making of Laquer Ware which we settled in in the Edo era.

Paraphernalia for the Hina Matsuri or doll festival was already being produced in Suruga in the 16th century when Imagawa was feudal lord of this province that corresponds to present-day Shizuoka Prefecture. With the construction of Kunosan Toshogu shrine and the Asama Shrine, many advanced craft techniques were introduced from all over the country and the production of Hina paraphernalia developed as part of the lacquer ware industry which, benefiting from the warm humid climate of the area, became established during the Edo period (1600 -1868).


Mashiko Yaki

Mashiko Ware


It began under the influence of middle part, Kasama Yaki of the 19th century. Early Mashiko Yaki caught support of feudal clan and baked daily necessities, and thing made in that way was used in kitchen of Edo.

The distinctive Mashiko style of pottery developed sometime about the middle of the 19th century having come under the influence of Kasama Yaki. In the early days, everyday articles were made with the support of the local clan and many of the pieces found their way into the kitchens of Edo.


Osaka Karaki Sashimono

Osaka Fine Cabinetry

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Karaki product was taken home with it by envoy to the Tang Dynasty of the Nara era. Because rare tree was used, it is reason of Karaki armor-back held-flag with this tree tree of Tang, to have called with Karaki.

Fine rarewood cabinetry was brought to Japan by the envoys who visited Tang dynasty China, hence the name of these woods in Japanese is literally ""woods of Tang"" or karaki. During the Edo period (1600-1868) when foreign intrusions were mostly shunned, rarewoods come into the country via Nagasaki and they were distributed through a wholesaler of medicines in Osaka.


Kyo Yaki - Kiyomizu Yaki

Kyoto-Kiyomizu Ware


Opening dated back before the Heian era, but grilled manufacturing began with building of Heiankyo in earnest. Thereafter Kyoto produces perfect gem with superior ceramist in sequence. Excellent ceramist called jinsei (result not to be similar) and Kenzan (kenzan) appeared in the 17th century, and Egawa (we obtain and do not shirr) succeeded in burning of porcelain in the 19th century and, in addition, master craftsmen and others such as tree rice (we put and are), maintenance (hozen), jinaya (not similar despise) were remarkable and played an active part.

Although this craft dates back to before the Heian period (794-1185), the making of pottery began in earnest when the capital of Heian-kyo (now Kyoto) was founded in 794. Since that time Kyoto has been the home to many famous potters and the birthplace of many fine pieces of work.


Murayama Oshima Tsumugi

Murayama Oshima Fabrics

Woven textiles

Beginning of Murayama Oshima Tsumugi is said to be in the latter half of the Edo era.

While the history of this kimono cloth only seems to date back to the middle of the 19th century, it was in 1920 that the techniques associated with two different cloths were combined to produce the silk cloth known as Murayama Oshima Tsumugi.


Sakai Uchihamono

Sakai Forged Blades

Metalworking product

Gun, cigarette were transmitted by middle part, Portuguese of the 16th century. Because "cigarette kitchen knife" which ticked away tobacco leaves came to be made in Sakai in the latter half of the 16th century, and Tokugawa shogunate government gave Sakai seal of quality proof called "hallmark" and admitted monopoly, the sharpness and fame of Sakai knife opened to whole country each place.

Guns and tobacco were introduced into Japan in the middle of the 16th century by the Portuguese. By the end of that century, small tobacco knives were being forged in Sakai and the Tokugawa Shogunate awarded the forgers of Sakai a special seal of approval and guarantee of their quality.


Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen

Tokyo Yuzen Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

It was in the middle of the Edo era, and products from the Kansai area said to be "outbound thing" gathered in Edo where culture and economy prospered together as the center of military administration a lot. Of such times there are many personal dyers (dye, and do) of daimyo, and one comes to move to Edo to drift,

By the 18th century, Edo was the center of political power of the Shogunate and the culture and economy of this metropolis that later became Tokyo flourished.


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.


Satsuma Yaki

Satsuma Ware


Satsuma Yaki was begun in the days of position of Bunroku, the Keicho era by ceramists of the Rhee Dynasty which feudal lord Shimazu at the time brought back from Korea.

The origins of Satsuma Yaki date back to the 16th century. The local feudal lord, Shimazu, returned from the Korean peninsular with some potters who helped to get things started.


Makabe Ishidoro

Makabe Stone Lanterns


Because granite (cancer to surround) of good quality is produced in the Makabe, Ibaraki district, we process stone as life tool for a long time and use.

Good quality granite found in the Makabe area of Ibaraki Prefecture has been used to make a variety of useful articles since ancient times. The actual working of stone in the area began around the end of the Muromachi period (1333-1568) with the making of Buddhist stone articles around Nagaoka in Makabe-cho.