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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

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Echizen Yaki

Echizen Ware

Ceramics

Echizen Yaki is counted in one of Japanese six old kilns, and the history is very old.

Echizen Yaki ranks among Japan's six old kilns and therefore has a history dating back many centuries. First fired toward the end of the Heian period (794-1185), upward of 200 old kilns sites have been discovered in the area to date. It was in these massive old kilns that all manner of everyday articles such as pots, jars, mortars, flasks, and jars in which to keep a black tooth dye fashionable at the time were fired.

Fukui

Echizen Shikki

Echizen Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Opening is old, and it is informed that it dates back to the sixth century. Craftsman of lacquer ware maker ordered complete change of crown by the Emperor at the time,

It is thought that this particular lacquer ware dates back to the 6th century. A lacquerer was ordered to recoat the kanmuri or formal headpiece of the Emperor of the times. The lacquerer also presented a black lacquered bowl to the Emperor who recognized the quality of his work and it is thought that it was this encouragement which led to the establishment of Echizen Shikki as an individual ware.

Fukui

Wakasa Nuri

Wakasa Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

As for the Wakasa Nuri, craftsman of lacquering of Obama feudal clan located near Wakasa-wan Bay at the beginning of the Edo era got hint in technique of the making of Laquer Ware of Chugoku and we graphically designed state of the bottom of the sea and began. "Seaweed-patterned lacquering" (isokusanuri) was begun to knit by "chrysanthemum dust coat" (work pitch a camp paint) what repeated invention improved by this, and was born by pupil of the designer.

The making of Wakasa Nuri began at the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), when lacquerers of the Obama clan near Wakasa Bay started decorating their work with designs depicting elements of the ocean floor, having got the idea from techniques used in Chinese lacquer ware.

Fukui

Echizen Tansu

Echizen Tansu

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

After being manufactured from last part of Edo era, and having processed wood such as zelkova, drill by original armor-back held-flag technology, we give lacquering and make solid products to decorate by iron construction metal fittings.

Production began in the late Edo period. Zelkova, pawlonia, and other wood is processed using a unique joinery method, then covered in lacquer, and ornamented with metal fittings to create stately products.

Fukui

Echizen Uchihamono

Echizen Forged Blades

Metalworking product

When craftsman made with sword of Kyoto came over to this ground for land appropriate for sword production, around the beginning of Muromachi period, maridattato is said to be having made sickle for farmer nearby at the beginning.

When a swordsmith from Kyoto came to this area in search of raw materials at the beginning of the Muromachi period (1392-1573), it seems they made some sickles of the local farmers and this marked the beginning of forging in the area. During the Edo period (1600-1868) with patronage from the Fukui clan, blades made in Echizen were sold all over the country.

Fukui

Echizen Washi

Echizen Paper

Washi Paper

When beautiful princess appears in okatakawa of this village now approximately 1,500 years ago and told papermaking (we do) kino gi, we are informed. In the Nara era, we were given an important post as copying of a sutra paper to pass, and to represent o of Buddhism.

Legend has it that some 1,500 years ago, a beautiful princess came to the village of Okatagawa and taught the people there how to make paper. In the Nara period (710-794) the paper was highly respected for the copying of Buddhist sutras. Then, when paper began to be used in large quantities by the warrior class, some very high quality papers such as Echizen Hosho were produced in large amounts and using improved techniques.

Fukui

Wakasa Meno Zaiku

Wakasa Agate Work

Semiprecious Stone Craftwork

What village, Onyuu (onyu) of current Wakasa, Fukui make crocodile highway in front of Shinto shrine when the sea race called crocodile group believing in ball in land to have Shinto shrine of 1, Wakasa on in the Nara era (wanizoku) came to this ground, and did that we make ball there if we work is said to be opening.

Wakasa now stands in present-day Fukui Prefecture. One of the old villages of Wakasa was called Onyu and it was this area that was served by the main shrine of the province. Back in the Nara period (710-794), a sea-faring people known as the Wanizoku, who made jade the object of their faith, came to the area and built what was called the Wani-kaido, a road in front of the shrine. Here they started making jade objects and Wakasa Meno Zaiku is said to have begun at this time.