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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Akita

Kawatsura Shikki

Kawatsura Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

It is done with opening that we gave vassal an order for younger brother of feudal lord who ruled over this district in the Kamakura era painting arms with lacquer using beech and lacquer cut and brought down from local mountain as side job.

The beginnings of this craft go back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333), when the younger brother of the lord of the fief who ruled this area, ordered the retainers to take up lacquering pieces of armor and weaponry as a job, using locally tapped lacquer and Japanese beech cut from the mountains in the area. The making of bowls began in earnest in the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) and by the end of the period work was concentrated on the three districts of Kawatsura in what is now Inakawa-cho, Odate and Minashi and the making of everyday pieces of household goods flourished in what had become a production center.

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.