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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Hokkaido

Nibutani Ita

Nibutani Ita

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Nibutani Ita has been inherited by people of Ainu who lived in Saru abandonment area for more than 100 years. At the mid-19th century, record that half moon tray and round tray were given to from this area remains.

Nibutani Ita is a craft that has been passed down for over 100 years by the Ainu people living in the Saru River basin region. There are records that indicate that round and half-moon shaped trays were presented by the people of this region in the latter half of the 19th century.

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.

Miyagi

Sendai chest

Sendai Tansu

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Sendai chest grew up as local industry of Sendai feudal clan last years later in the Edo era. The feature is that luxurious metal decoration metal fittings are put for mokujiryo (kijiro) coating that grain of wood appears.

Sendai tansu grew as a local industry of the Sendai-han beginning in the final years of the Edo period (1603 - 1868). The kijiro-nuri wood treatment that brings out the wood grain, and the deluxe metal fittings that decorate the chests are distinctive features of this craft.

Akita

Kaba Zaiku

Akita Cherry-Bark Work

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

As for the Kaba Zaiku, it is considered to be opening at the end of 18th century that technique was introduced into Kakunodate from the Ani district of North Akita by Satake north house.

It seems that Kaba Zaiku goes back to the end of the 18th century, when the techniques were passed on to the people in Kakunodate by the Satake Kita-family from the Ani district in the north of Akita Prefecture.

Akita

Odate Mage Wappa

Odate Bentwood Work

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

When Yoshinobu Satake who was military commander of Toyotomi who lost in the Battle of Sekigahara was made to move from Mito that was previous territory to Akita by Tokugawa shogunate government, as for the living of citizen of territory of Akita, there was even person who was in trouble for food on the at all poorly day.

Satake Yoshinobu was a military commander who fought with Toyotomi Hideyoshi at the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Hideyoshi was vanquished and Satake was ordered by the Tokugawa Shogunate to move from his former domain of Mito to Akita in the extreme north of Honshu. He found the people there were very poor and some did not even have enough to eat. As castellans of Odate castle, the western branch of Satake family set about trying to relieve the poverty of their people by using the rich supplies of timber to be found in the fief.

Akita

Akita Sugi Oke Taru

Akita Cedar Cooperage

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Sheet, baseplate, handle which we used for pail considered to belong to the 15th to the 16th century are excavated from the remains of Akita Castle.

Elements of tubs dating from the 15th and 16th centuries have been discovered at the former site of Akita castle. Records dating from the beginning of the 17th century kept by one of the old families of the Akita clan, make it clear that tubs were being used at a sake maker within the present-day district of Ogatsu-cho.

Fukushima

Oku Aizu Amikumi Zaiku

Okuaizu Basketry

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

In the remains of Arayashiki of Mishima-machi, Onuma-gun, Fukushima, pieces such as group of knitting of rope and basket are excavated, and it becomes clear that we knit from Jomon period, and skills and techniques of group existed.

Fragments of simple basketry and rope were discovered at the Arayashiki archeological dig in the town of Mishima, Ohnuma county in Fukushima Prefecture, proving that the skills and techniques of weaving and twisting ropes existed in the area as far back as the Jomon period, which covers the period of Japanese history from about 10,000 B.C. to 300 B.C. Then, in one ancient local chronicle about farming, reference is made of the fact that baskets were being made from vegetable and plant material in the Aizu region.

Saitama

Kasukabe Kiri Tansu

Kasukabe Paulownia Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Craftsman who gathered to make Toshogu, Nikko in the early period of Edo era settles down in Kasukabe that is post town of Nikko Kaido and is informed tree of drill produced at the outskirts when there is what have begun to make materials and armor-back held-flag and accessory which did by opening.

At the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), craftsmen who had gathered to build the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, took up residence in Kasukabe, an inn town along the old Nikko post road. It is said that these craftsmen were responsible for starting this craft by making cabinets and small articles out of paulownia taken from the surrounding area.

Tokyo

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.

Tokyo

Edo Sashimono

Edo Joinery

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

In the Edo era, Tokugawa shogunate government called many craftsmen together from the whole country and we made Shokunincho of Daikumachi, Kajicho, Konnyacho and, around Kanda, Nihonbashi, developed the manual industry.

Many skilled individuals were encouraged to live and work in Edo (Tokyo) by the Shogunate right from the outset of the Edo period (1600-1868), and craft industries developed as a result of the formation of enclaves within the districts of Kanda and Nihonbashi for such specialists as carpenters, smiths, and dyers.

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.

Niigata

Kamo Kiri Tansu

Kamo Paulowina Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Thing which carpenter produced at the beginning of the 19th century is informed with beginning of Kamo Kiri Tansu. "The 1814 (Bunka 11) purchase" and chest written down are used for ceiling of chest now in the city.

It seems that the making of Kamo Kiri Tansu began with one made by a carpenter in the early part of the 19th century. The very same chest is still being used in the city of Kamo today and it is inscribed on the back with ""Purchased 1814"".