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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Yamagata

Tendo Shogi Koma

Tendo Japanese Chess Pieces

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When Oda feudal clan which ruled this district suffered from finance late in the Edo era, it does by opening to have recommended side job of the making of piece to low-class samurai to relieve it.

When the fortunes of the Oda clan controlling this area of northern Japan were failing toward the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), an attempt to improve matters was made by engaging lower ranking warriors in the making of shoji chess pieces, from which the craft developed.

Chiba

Boshu Uchiwa

Boshu Rigid Fans

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It is the Edo era that the making of round fan began in Kanto. Awa was production center of bamboo which became materials of round fan in those days. The making of round fan in Awa was said to be from about 1877 and seemed to be produced as big product of Awa-gun in 1884 (Meiji 17).

The making of rigid fans in the Kanto area centered on Edo (Tokyo), began sometime during the Edo period (1600-1868), when the nearby province of Boshu was producing quantities of bamboo for fans. The actual making of what has come to be known as the Boshu rigid fan, however, started sometime toward the end of the 1870s and by 1884, these fans were the biggest selling item produced in the area's Awa county.

Tokyo

Edo Karakami

Edo Decorative Papers

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The karakamino source dated back to draft of tanka writing paper which transcripted 31-syllable Japanese poem of the Heian era, but came to be put on sliding paper-door or screen the Middle Ages later. Demand increased and accomplished original development while citizen-based town planning of Edo by Tokugawa shogunate government advanced in the Edo era.

The origin of these decorative papers dates back to a type of paper used during the Heian period (794-1185) to write out the traditional style of poem called a waka. Nevertheless, it was not until the Middle Ages that decorative papers were applied to free-standing screens and were stretched over the sliding screens called fusuma dividing interior space.

Tokyo

Edo Kiriko

Edo Cut Glass

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It is said to be opening that person called Hisashi Kagaya soldier of the Imperial Guard who ran vidro shop in large Temmacho of Edo in 1834 (Tenpo 5) put sculpture for the surface of glass mimicking cut glass made in the U.K.

It is said that the origins of Edo Kiriko date back to 1834 when a Kagaya Kyubei, who was working in a small glass works in Edo (Tokyo), copied a piece of English cut glass. It also seems that Commodore Matthew Perry, who arrived in Japan toward the end of the Edo Period (1600-1868), was very surprised when he was presented with a splendid piece of Kagaya's cut glass.

Tokyo

Edo Mokuhanga

Edo Mokuhanga

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Edo Mokuhanga came to color color by writing brush on the print of one color of sumi, and these progressed as black and white woodcut with simple colors added, rouge color print, lacquer block, but invention to print color on in woodcut was done, and it was possible for two or three colors of shokusuribankaku (printed ukiyoe). Furthermore, in 1765 (Meiwa 2), we printed to money and silver and were crowded and came to be able to print off intermediate color with xylograph, too, and style of polychromatic woodcut print was established.

Edo Mokuhanga are woodblock prints that began with a black print that was then colored with a brush.

Tokyo

Edo glass

Edo Glass

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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 type 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

Edo tortoiseshell

Edo Tortoiseshell

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Of tortoise shell original as for Edo tortoiseshell with shell of hawksbill turtle as raw materials laminate; industrial art object using technique. In the Kanto district of Edo period, article in Japanese dress is made flourishingly, and Japanese and Western accessories, glasses are made now.

Edo Tortoiseshell uses the shell of the hawksbill turtle and a unique technique to attach the pieces of tortoiseshell together. During the Edo period, accessories for kimono were produced in the Kanto region, and in the current day, acceccories for both kimono and Western clothing, as well as eyeglasses and other items are produced.

Yamanashi

Koshu Inden

Koshu Lacquered Deerhide

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In last years of Edo era, production center was formed around area equal to Kofu-shi of current Yamanashi.

Deerhide craft products were being made in the area centered on the city of Kofu in present-day Yamanashi Prefecture during the 19th century. By the end of the same century, it is known that deerhide draw-string money bags and purses were well known among people at large as reference is made to them in Tokaidochu Hizakurige, a humorous book published in the 19th century.

Yamanashi

Koshu Tebori Insho

Koshu Seals

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There is mention indicating existence of woodcut teacher treating printing block in Kofu-shi, and craftsman already exists from those days, and "Koshu shopping teach-yourself book" of last years of Edo era knows that we ran business of seal.

Mention is made in a late Edo period (1600-1868) ""shopping guide"" for Kofu, the capital of Yamanashi prefecture, that seals were being sold and skilled craftsmen were making blocks and seals in wood.

Gifu

Gifu Chochin

Gifu Lanterns

Other Crafts

It was assumed opening that Gifu Chochin was made in Gifu in middle part of the 18th century and developed because Washi Paper, bamboo of raw materials were rich near.

Gifu Chochin were first made by Juzo, a lantern maker in Gifu and the abundant supply of local bamboo and paper contributed greatly to the development of the craft. It seems that lanterns with similar features to those available today were in general circulation around the first half of the 19th century, and while some were used for the Obon festival or Festival of the Dead, others were simply lit to enjoy the coolness of a summer evening.

Aichi

Owari Shippo

Owari Cloisonne

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As for the beginning of Owari Shippo, it was assumed opening late in the Edo era what Tsunekichi Kaji (kajitsunekichi) of Owari equal to area around current Nagoya-shi made, and skills and techniques was established by Tsunekichi.

It was not until the latter part of the Edo period (1600-1868) that Owari Shippo got its start. The area centered on present-day Nagoya was the domain of the Owari clan. The first pieces were made here and the skills and techniques of this craft gradually became established. The oldest piece of authenticated Owari Shippo is a sake cup made in 1833.

Kyoto

Kyou Sensu

Kyoto Folding Fans

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Beginning of Ougi dates back early in the Heian era. It is how many or connects board thin thin of tree called used "narrow strip of wood with message", and it is thought thing which did in form of current Ougi in those days maridato at the beginning.

Folding fans date back to the beginning of the Heian period (794-1185). It is thought that the first ones were shaped very much like the fans we know today but they were made out of several thin leaves of wood tied together. These fans were called hi-ogi because they were made out of hinoki or Japanese cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa).