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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Okinawa

Kumejima Tsumugi

Kumejima Pongee

Woven textiles

In the about 14th century, the weaving method to assume India the origin was conveyed by southern trade.

Originating in India, this method of weaving was introduced into Japan around the 14th century along eastern trade routes.

Ehime

Ozu Washi

Ozu Paper

Washi Paper

Paper of Iyo comes out to "Engi era expression" (engishiki) written in the Heian era. When the making of paper prospered in historical fact as industry in feudal clan from place where Buddhist priest instructed technique as Rev. papermaking (he does) kino of Ozu feudal clan in the middle of Edo era, there is.

While mention is made of an Iyo paper in the Engishiki, an official document on court protocol written in the Heian period (794-1185), hard facts about Ozu Washi do not exist until the 18th century. The monk, Zennoshin was responsible for teaching people how to make paper, when he came to one of the villages of the Ozu clan, and what developed into a craft industry flourished under the protection and patronage of the clan.

Hyogo

Izushi Yaki

Izushi Ware

Ceramics

Because uncut stone of a large quantity of white porcelain was discovered in hometown in the middle of Edo era, we receive support of feudal lord and invite ceramist of present Arita-cho, Saga, and it is done with opening what made porcelain in castle town of Izushi.

Large quantities of kaolin were discovered in the area during the 18th century. With the help of the local feudal lord, potters skilled in the making of porcelain from Arita in present-day Saga Prefecture were brought in to help, and the porcelain made in the castle town of Izushi marked the beginnings of this ware. Subsequently, the number of kilns increased in and around this castle town and a production center became established.

Kanagawa

Hakone Yosegi Zaiku

Hakone Wood Mosaic Work

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

It was begun being Hatajuku of Mount Hakone late in the Edo era, and marquetry ware by revolt marquetry ware and unit pattern was mainstream while it was the beginning.

This form of marquetry began at the post town in the mountains of Hakone about the middle of the 19th century. At first it was mainly an unstructured form of marquetry or one using a simple pattern. Then in the 1870s, marquetry skills from around Shizuoka were introduced and now Hakone Yosegi Zaiku is well known for its extremely fine handwork and as being the only craft of its kind in Japan.

Toyama

Takaoka Doki

Takaoka Bronze Casting

Metalworking product

Takaoka Doki begins in Kaga Maeda feudal clan inviting seven floggers with technique of Tannan, Kawachi that is the birthplace of casting at the beginning of the Edo era, and having established foundry.

Takaoka Doki dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), when the Maeda clan in Kaga invited seven highly skilled metal casters from a long established metal casting area to come and work at a newly opened workshop.

Fukuoka

Kishiwara Yaki

Koishiwara Ware

Ceramics

It is the Chikuzen opened in earlier period of Edo era in the 17th century by Kuroda feudal clan feudal lord's first kiln.

The kiln set up by the feudal lord of the local Kuroda clan, in the 17th century at the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), was the first to be set up in Chikuzen in northern Kyushu. Large porcelain urns, jars and sake flasks were made under the name of Nakano yaki but in the middle of the 18th century, pottery was being produced under the name of Koishiwara Yaki.

Kyoto

Kyo Nui

Kyoto Embroidery

Other textiles

When Heiankyo was made, as for the Kyo Nui, it is assumed opening that section called textiles office (oribenotsukasa) having craftsman to embroider was put.

Kyo Nui probably dates back to 794 when the new capital of Heian Kyo (Kyoto) was established and a department of weaving were many embroiders worked was set up at the imperial court.

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.

Tottori

Yumihama Gasuri

Yumihama Ikat

Woven textiles

In bow ga Hamachi of West Tottori, production of cotton as private use that used sandy area in the latter half of the 17th century began. Production of cotton which was fiber which assumed cotton raw materials in middle part in the 18th century when wholesale dealer of blue beryl which became the cause of dye was established increased.

The cultivation of cotton for home use on the sandy soil in the area of Yumigahama in the western part of Tottori Prefecture started in the latter half of the 17th century. When wholesalers of the indigo balls used for dyeing became established in the middle of the 18th century, cotton production for cloth increased.

Nagasaki

Nagasaki tortoiseshell

Other Crafts

Nagasaki tortoiseshell is industrial art object produced around Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki, Isahaya-shi after the Edo era. They adjust carefully, and they feature minute, precise technique, and not only accessories such as hair ornaments but also big game products such as the Treasure Ship are made of manual labor with thickness or hue.

Nara

Nara Fude

Nara Brushes

Writing tools and Abacus

When the empty sea crossed to Tang now approximately 1,200 years ago, be full of methods of the making of writing brush, and the history made with writing brush of Nara begins in having conveyed the technique to resident of Yamato country after having returned to Japan.

When the monk Kukai journeyed to China some 1,200 years ago, he made a study of brush making there and on his return, he passed on his knowledge to people living in the province of Yamatokoku that is now called Nara Prefecture. This marked the beginnings of brush making here.

Ishikawa

Kanazawa Haku

Kanazawa Gold Leaf

Industrial arts materials, industrial arts tool

The history of gold silver foil of Kanazawa is in the latter half of the age of civil strife and can sail up to place where feudal lord Toshiie Maeda of Kaga feudal clan which ruled over area around current South Ishikawa sent book giving from in camp of Korean position the hometown an order for production of foil to.

The history of Kanazawa Haku can be traced back to the latter half of the Sengoku period (1428-1573), when Maeda Toshiie, the feudal lord of the Kaga clan governing the southern part of the area now known as Ishikawa Prefecture, sent a document back to the country from a campaign in Korea, explaining how to produce gold leaf. The Shogunate subsequently set up a gilders' guild and controlled the production and sale of gold leaf throughout the country.