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Nagoya Yuzen

Dyed Textiles

Owari culture was gorgeous in area that we did in the first half around current Nagoya-shi of the 18th century, and various craftsmen came and went from Kyoto. It is said that we were informed technique of yuzen at the time.

During the first half of the 18th century, Tokugawa Muneharu was the seventh in the line of leaders of the Owari clan controlling an area centered on present-day Nagoya. It was a time when the culture of the clan was flourishing and craftsmen of many types visited the area from Kyoto and elsewhere. It was then that the techniques of yuzen dyeing were introduced to the area.


Wakasa Nuri

Wakasa Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

As for the Wakasa Nuri, craftsman of lacquering of Kohama feudal clan located near Wakasa-wan Bay at the beginning of the Edo era got hint in technique of the making of Laquer Ware of Chugoku and we graphically designed state of the bottom of the sea and began. "Seaweed-patterned lacquering" (isokusanuri) was begun to knit by "chrysanthemum dust coat" (work pitch a camp paint) what repeated invention improved by this, and was born by pupil of the designer.

The making of Wakasa Nuri began at the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), when lacquerers of the Obama clan near Wakasa Bay started decorating their work with designs depicting elements of the ocean floor, having got the idea from techniques used in Chinese lacquer ware.


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.


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.


Kaga Nui

Kaga Embroidery

Other textiles

We were mainly informed by Kyoto Kaga Nui as decorations called French sublime decorations for Buddhist temple (we carry) such as shoulder-worn robes (this morning) of dashiki (we beat and spread), priest of Buddhist altar with propagation of Buddhism to the Kaga district early in the Muromachi era.

Closely linked with the spread of Buddhism in the area, embroidery was introduced to the province of Kaga from Kyoto in the Muromachi period (1392-1573) and was used for the decoration of such religious trappings as altar cloths and surplice worn by monks.


Kijoka No Bashofu

Kijoka Banana Fiber Cloth

Woven textiles

It is thought that abaca cloth has been already made in the about thirteenth century, but it becomes in the early modern times to have spread out among people and is after.

It seems that banana fiber cloth was already being made around the 13th century but it was much later that it became popular. In the old days banana trees were planted in gardens and fields, and the womenfolk of a family wove it into fabric for home use. Silk and cotton became much more readily available during the 19th century but people still enjoyed wearing banana fiber cloth. Kijoka no Bashofu, which carries on these traditions, was designated as a cultural property by the Prefecture in 1972 and two years later in 1974 it was made an important intangible cultural property by the nation.


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.


Higo Zogan

Higo Inlay

Metalworking product

It is assumed father that Matashichi Hayashi who served Marquis Tadatoshi Hosokawa who entered the country as Higo king in 1632 (Kanei 9) made inlay on the brim of gun and sword.

The roots of this craft go back to Hayashi Matashichi. With the support of the local feudal lord Hosokawa and his family, Hayashi was doing inlaid metal work on firearms and sword guards during the first half of the 17th century. Subsequently, as this craft became established, fine Higo sword guards were produced by generation after generation of the Hayashi family as well as by other families such as the Hiratas, Nishigakis, Shimizus and Kamiyoshis right through the Edo period (1600-1868), and many pieces of their work are still in existence. When the carrying of swords was outlawed in 1876, the Higo craftsmen turned their hand to decorative work and began making everyday items in line with the new social conditions.


Edo Wazao

Edo Fishing Rods

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Edo Wazao has begun to be made with jointed fishing rod made using natural bamboo in Edo in the middle of Edo era. Late in the Edo era, we reached level to be able to call arts and crafts, and today's Edo Wazao was completed.

Edo Wazao have always been made from natural culms (stems) of bamboo and were first made in Edo (Tokyo) in the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868). By the end of this era, they had taken on their present-day form and can truly be called works of art. With the sea on their doorstep and some beautiful rivers, too, these rods were a crystallization of research into the needs of those who lived in Edo and loved to fish.


Osaka Ranma

Osaka Transoms

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

As for the beginning of Osaka Ranma, technique to become the cause of the tradition technique is seen in St. Kanja or Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka in the early 17th century.

The origins of this craft date back to the beginning of the 17th century and the traditional woodworking skills that can be seen at Osaka's Hijiri Shrine and Shiteno-ji temple. Gradually during the 18th century, transoms were mainly introduced into merchant's houses not only for practical reasons of ventilation and lighting but also as a decorative element capable of raising the quality of interior space, especially in rooms where guest would be received.


Iga Yaki

Iga Ware


Opening dates back to the eighth century from the late seventh century. Earthenware vessel called earthen vessel is baked, too, and unglazed pottery for agriculture was made while it is the beginning, but is when tile of temple was made in the Asuka era.

The origins of this ware date back to sometime between the second half of the 7th century and 8th century A.D. At the time, a type of earthenware called sueki was being fired and in the early days, seed pots used by farmers were being made. Subsequently, however, it seems that temple roof tiles were produced.


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.