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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Toyama

Takaoka Shikki

Takaoka Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

When feudal lord Toshinaga Maeda of Kaga feudal clan built Takaoka Castle in current Takaoka-shi, Toyama at the beginning of the Edo era, what let you make everyday life products such as arms and chest, low dining table does Takaoka Shikki by opening.

This lacquer craft started at the beginning of the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the lord of the Kaga clan wielding power over the Hokuriku region built Takaoka castle in what is now Takaoka City. It was then that lacquerers began making all manners of household goods as well as chests and lacquered items of armor and weaponry.

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.

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.

Kyoto

Kyo Ishi Kogeihin

Kyoto Stone Carving

Stonework

Stone and relationship with human life begin distantly from the Stone Age. It was in the latter half of the Nara era, and stone culture was born by transmission of Buddhism.

Although man's relationship with stone began long ago in the Stone Age, it was not until the end of the Nara period (710-794) when Buddhism was introduced into Japan that stone became more than just a utilitarian material.

Shimane

Iwami Yaki

Iwami Ware

Ceramics

It was in the middle of the Edo era, and local craftsman learned the ceramics method than ceramist of current Yamaguchi, and small products such as one side of the story or sake bottle of Iwami Yaki came to be made.

About 1763, Morita Motozo who lived in the province of Iwami learned how to make pottery from a potter from present-day Yamaguchi prefecture, and he began making small items such as lipped bowls and sake flasks. Some 20 years later, it seems that much larger pieces of pottery such as water jars found their way into the area from present-day Okayama prefecture and these were also made.

Iwate

Iwayado Tansu

Iwayado Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Beginning of Iwayado Tansu dates back to the end of 18th century. It is considered to be opening that the Iwayado lord of a castle at the time let vassal study commodification of chest with car and woodwork furniture to last a long time.

The origins of Iwayado Tansu date back to the end of the 18th century, when the custodian of Iwayado castle had his retainers look into the commercial possibilities of such pieces of wooden furniture as chests with lids and others riding on palettes fitted with wheels.

Gifu

Ichii Itto Bori

Ichii Woodcarving

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

In last years of Edo era, we made use of beauty of the grain of wood using wood called yew of the mountains of Hida, and having roots came to be made with unique sculpture which did not touch color, and Ichii Itto Bori greatly grew up from there.

Ichii Itto Bori developed from small beginnings, when a woodcarver named Matsuda Sukenaga used a yew felled from the Hida mountains to make some rather special netsuke that were left uncolored and simply took full advantage of the beautiful grain of this wood. Since then, this craft has always been representative of the woodcarving done in the Hida region.

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.

Kyoto

Kyo Komon

Kyoto Fine-Pattern Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Beginning of Kyo Komon dates back 1,200 years before paper pattern becoming basics was made. When various silk fabrics were produced, after Onin War happened in the Muromachi era, crossroads ka dye in cherry blossom color and chaokusen developed, and there was Shokunincho of dyeing around Horikawa of Kyoto.

Kyo Komon dates back more than 1,200 years, when the all-essential stencil papers were first made.

Ibaraki

Makabe Ishidoro

Makabe Stone Lanterns

Stonework

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.

Aichi

Nagoya Kiri Tansu

Nagoya Paulownia Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

As for the Nagoya Kiri Tansu, craftsmen engaged in construction of a castle of Nagoya-jo Castle approximately 400 years ago settle down in castle town, and it is said to be opening to have made chest or large oblong chest. When living and economy of people were stable, after national unification of Tokugawa shogunate government, production of Woven textiles increased rapidly, and clothes became rich, too. Functional, rational chest was necessary in substitution for previous cabinet with general people coming to get high-quality fabrics for kimono.

It seems likely that the making of this distinctive style of paulownia chest was begun in Nagoya by craftsmen who, having been involved in the building of Nagoya castle some 400 years ago, settled there and began making chest of drawers and chests.

Okinawa

Yaeyama Minsa

Yaeyama Minsaa

Woven textiles

Because we come from Afghanistan through Chugoku, and, in the early 16th century of the King prefecture era, use of cotton cloth (mincer) is written down,

There are records confirming that a cotton cloth or minsaa which had originated in Afghanistan and had been brought to the Ryukyus from China was in use at the beginning of the 16th century at the Ryukyu court. It seems fairly certain, therefore, that minsaa was already being woven in the Yaeyama area about this time. The name minsaa is derived from min meaning cotton and saa meaning narrow band.