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Tamba Tachikui Yaki

Tamba Tachikui Ware

Ceramics

It is counted in one of Japanese six old kilns, and the opening is said to be last years of Heian era. Hole kiln was used until Momoyama era, but we turn into used ascending kiln now and inherit tradition technology with "* (ke) potter's wheel" (this production center unique potter's wheel to rotate anticlockwise) taken in at the same time afterwards today.

Numbering among the six old kilns of Japan, Tamba Tachikui Yaki dates back to the end of the Heian period (794-1185). A ""hole kiln"" or anagama was used up until the Momoyama period (1573-1600) but then noborigama or ""climbing kilns"" came into use along with the kickwheel, which in this area is turned anti-clockwise. The noborigama and traditional techniques are still in use today.

Hyogo

Izushi Yaki

Izushi Ware

Ceramics

Because uncut stone of a large quantity of white porcelain was discovered in hometown in the middle of Edo era, we receive support of feudal lord and invite ceramist of present Arita-cho, Saga, and it is done with opening what made porcelain in castle town of Izushi.

Large quantities of kaolin were discovered in the area during the 18th century. With the help of the local feudal lord, potters skilled in the making of porcelain from Arita in present-day Saga Prefecture were brought in to help, and the porcelain made in the castle town of Izushi marked the beginnings of this ware. Subsequently, the number of kilns increased in and around this castle town and a production center became established.

Hyogo

Toyooka Kiryu Zaiku

Toyooka Willow Basketry

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Beginning of *yanagisaiko dates back until the beginning of the first century, and, in Nara Shoso-in magistrate in charge of managing the shogunate's private property, "Tajima domestic production wicker box" is still left.

The craft can be traced back to the 1st century AD, and there is a willow basketwork box, the Tajima no Kunisan Yanagibako, among the treasures held at the Shoso-in Repository in Nara.

Hyogo

Banshu Miki Uchihamono

Banshu Miki Forged Blades

Metalworking product

For last years of the Azuchimomoyama era, Miki Castle was attacked by Hideyoshi Hashiba and fell, and town of Miki was destroyed.

After the siege and final fall of Miki castle toward the end of the Momoyama period (1573-1600), carpenters from various parts were drawn here to rebuild the town. Along with them came many smiths to forge the tools they needed and forging developed as a craft here.

Hyogo

Banshu Soroban

Banshu Abacus

Writing tools and Abacus

Abacus was handed down to Otsu from the end, Chugoku of the Muromachi era via Nagasaki.

Coming first from China, the abacus was brought to Otsu from Nagasaki toward the end of the Muromachi period (1392-1573). It was during the following Momoyama period (1573-1600), when Toyotomi Hideyoshi sieged Miki castle, that the people of this small castle town fled to nearby Otsu, where some learned how to make the abacus. When they finally returned to their homeland, they began making what became the Banshu Soroban.

Hyogo

Banshu Kebari

Banshu Fishing Flies

Other Crafts

Technique was introduced from Kyoto in last years of Edo era and we protected as side business of farmhouse and have been brought up. We raised completeness of product with the times, and technique improved before it produced result of superior fishing.

The techniques of this craft were introduced to Banshu from Kyoto toward the end of the Edo period (1600-1868). Local farmers began making the hooks and flies in their spare time, preserving and developing the craft over the years, while gradually perfecting each type of hook to a level at which it would bring good results. Flies won a number of prizes at Fisheries Fairs held during the late 1800s and as a result, Banshu Kebari earned the recognition of many fishermen.