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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

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

Okazaki Stonework

Okazaki Stone Carving

Stonework

Opening dates back late in the Muromachi era. In the Azuchimomoyama era, the Okazaki lord of a castle whom there was in current Aichi invited Kawachi, mason of Izumi for maintenance of castle town and let you make stone wall and moat afterwards.

The origins of this craft date back to the latter part of the Muromachi period (1391-1573). It was during the following Momoyama period (1573-1600), however, that the lord of Okazaki castle brought in skilled stone masons from Kawachi and Izumi to carry out some improvements to the surrounding town and had stone walls and moats built.

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.

Tottori Shimane

Izumo Ishidoro

Izumo Stone Lanterns

Stonework

Sandstone which volcanic ashes produced in hometown hardened as for the Izumo Ishidoro, and was made was made from the times when it was old as uncut stone.

Izumo Ishidoro have been made for many hundreds of years from a local sandstone that formed from volcanic ash. During the Edo period (1600-1868) Matsudaira Naomasa, the local lord, recognized the value of this craft and placed the stone under a monopoly. The stone was then also used for architectural purposes. Ever since the end of the 19th century, the pieces of stonework for gardens and home have been seen as stone art and are well-known throughout Japan.