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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Hokkaido

Nibutani atsutoushi

Nibutani-attus

Woven textiles

It reached lawn Nagarekawa basin for a long time, and business with other areas was carried out as product of lawn Nagarekawa basin in the Edo era.

A tradition of the Saru River basin region since ancient times. It was used in trade with other regions as a product of the Saru River basin during the Edo period.

Nara

Nara Fude

Nara Brushes

Writing tools and Abacus

When the sea of the sky 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.

Miyazaki

Miyakonojo Daikyu

Miyakonojo Bows

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

shikajishimanari is descending arbalest, and what was made flourishingly remains for record late in the Edo era. The Meiji era began, and next Kusumis who lived trained craftsman of the making of many bows from Kawauchi district. Early in the Showa era, it was in large production center where product was sold to in East Asia partly because we were blessed with abundant raw materials.

Closely connected with the history of Kagoshima, there are documents verifying that just after the middle of the 19th century, the making of Miyakonojo Daikyu was a thriving local craft and by the end of the century, many bow makers had been instructed in the craft by two generations of the locally residing Kusumi family. Blessed with plentiful supplies of locally obtainable raw materials, the craft developed and by the 1920s bows were being sold in East Asia.

Shizuoka

Suruga Hina Ningyo

Dolls and Kokeshi

*tenshin by "kiri*" (lie) can watch the opening when we follow the origin of Suruga Hina Ningyo. It is considered to be opening we call master of earthware together from Mino, and to have created clay idols.

The roots of Suruga Hina Ningyo can be traced back to simple clay dolls known as neri-tenjin. Tenjin is another name for Sugawara Michizane, a Heian period (794-1185) scholar, who was respected as a god of learning. But the craft itself started when a local man called Aono Kasaku gathered around him people skilled in making things in clay and began making dolls. Then tenjin, which were dressed, were made and examples dating back to 1853 still exist today.

Kyoto

Kyo Yuzen

Kyoto Yuzen Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Dyeing technique reaches from the eighth century, and it is informed that freehand drawing yuzen was established in the Edo era by eshikyusakitomozen* of Kyoto. Popular kyusakitomozen* adopted own style of painting in design as Ougi illustrator, and "Yuzen process" was born in field of design dyeing in what we made use of.

Although dyeing techniques had existed since the 8th century, it is said that the yuzen technique of painting dye directly onto cloth was established by Miyazaki Yuzensai, a popular fan painter living in Kyoto toward the end of the 17th century. He introduced his own style of painting as a way of rendering pattern and this led to the birth of this handpainted dyeing technique.

Gifu

Mino Washi

Mino Paper

Washi Paper

Because record that family register paper of the Nara era was Mino Washi remains in "Shoso-in document", it is thought that beginning of Mino Washi is the Nara era.

It is thought that Mino Washi dates back to the Nara period (710-794), because records at the Shoso-in Repository show that it was used for a census during the 8th century. By the Muromachi period (1392-1573) the Rokusaiichi paper market was being held. This was set up by the locally influential Toki Nariyori and Mino Washi were shipped to Kyoto, Osaka and Ise, making it one of the best known papers of its times.

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.

Tokyo

Edo glass

Edo Glass

Other Crafts

It is industrial art object which developed as industry around Tokyo, and Edo glass is made with three manufacturing methods of "glassblowing" "blowing" "direct copy" mainly by Meiji Western expression glass production technology that firstly was introduced in government control factory (Shinagawa glass factory) of Tokyo, Shinagawa.

Edo glass began in the early Meiji period when the Shinagawa Glass Works, a government managed factory in Shinagawa Tokyo, imported glass manufacturing technology from the west.

Tokyo

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.

Hyogo

Banshu Kebari

Banshu Fishing Flies

Other Crafts

Technique was introduced from Kyoto in last years of Edo era and we protected as side business of farmhouse and have been brought up. We raised completeness of product with the times, and technique improved before it produced result of superior fishing.

The techniques of this craft were introduced to Banshu from Kyoto toward the end of the Edo period (1600-1868). Local farmers began making the hooks and flies in their spare time, preserving and developing the craft over the years, while gradually perfecting each type of hook to a level at which it would bring good results. Flies won a number of prizes at Fisheries Fairs held during the late 1800s and as a result, Banshu Kebari earned the recognition of many fishermen.

Saitama

Iwatsuki Ningyo

Iwatsuki Ningyo

Dolls and Kokeshi

It is event that the Doll's Festival and the Boy's Festival when are in the latter half of the Edo era are important, and is lively, and it is doll that played a big role there.

These dolls played a large role in the important and lively events of the annual Girl's Day and Boy's Day celebrations in the late Edo period.

Aichi

Seto Sometsuke Yaki

Seto Underglazed Ware

Ceramics

Burning technology and picture technique of porcelain which native took home with him/her from Kyushu to be soft, and to put picture with moisture for of Sinicism that received instruction from specialist in picture belonging to influenced each other and, at the beginning of the 19th century, greatly developed, and skills and techniques of Seto Sometsuke Yaki was established at the mid-19th century.

At the beginning of the 19th century, local people returned from Kyushu armed with the techniques for firing porcelain and a way of applying decorations using a soft Southern Sung Dynasty style of painting with great charm that they had learned from a specialist painter.