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Mino Yaki

Mino Ware


The history of Mino Yaki is old and will date back to 1300 until the above now. At first, technique of earthen vessel was introduced from the Korean Peninsula. Earthenware which gave ash glaze (buy, and say) which was said to be haku* (inform) when it was the Heian era (the tenth century) came to be baked.

The history of Mino Yaki goes back some 1,300 years. The techniques of making a Sueki ware were introduced from Korea and then in the 10th century, an ash glaze called shirashi started to be used. This simply amounted to the glazing of the Sue ware with the glaze. It was about this time that the number of kilns increased and a production center for this ware became established.


Hida Shunkei

Hida Shunkei Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

We discover beautiful grain of wood of tree of Spanish mackerel which the leader (the leader) of carpenter who made Shinto shrine and temples under high Yamashiro at the beginning of the Edo era mauled by chance,

The origins of this distinctive lacquer ware were the result of a chance discovery. At the beginning of the 17th century, a head carpenter who worked on the building of temples and shrines in the castle town of Takayama, was surprised to find that when he literally peeled a piece of sawara cypress apart, it produced an interesting textural effect. He made it up into a tray and lightly lacquered the surfaces.


Ichii Itto Bori

Ichii Woodcarving

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

In last years of Edo era, we made use of beauty of the grain of wood using wood called yew of the mountains of Hida, and having roots came to be made with unique sculpture which did not touch color, and Ichii Itto Bori greatly grew up from there.

Ichii Itto Bori developed from small beginnings, when a woodcarver named Matsuda Sukenaga used a yew felled from the Hida mountains to make some rather special netsuke that were left uncolored and simply took full advantage of the beautiful grain of this wood. Since then, this craft has always been representative of the woodcarving done in the Hida region.


Mino Washi

Mino Paper

Washi Paper

Because record that family register paper of the Nara era was Mino Washi remains in "Shoso-in document", it is thought that beginning of Mino Washi is the Nara era.

It is thought that Mino Washi dates back to the Nara period (710-794), because records at the Shoso-in Repository show that it was used for a census during the 8th century. By the Muromachi period (1392-1573) the Rokusaiichi paper market was being held. This was set up by the locally influential Toki Nariyori and Mino Washi were shipped to Kyoto, Osaka and Ise, making it one of the best known papers of its times.


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.