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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Iwate

Hidehira Nuri

Hidehira Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

We had our own way with power and financial power in Hiraizumi-cho, Iwate for last years of the Heian era, and, with Oshu Fujiwara who brought Buddhist art including Chuson-ji gold temple (chusonjikonjikido) on this ground, Hidehira Nuri was begun.

This lacquer craft really began when Ohshu Fujiwara wielded power over Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture toward the end of the Heian period (794-1185). It was he who lent this support to the building of the temple, Chusonji with its famous Konjikido and many fine pieces of Buddhist art in general.

Iwate

Joboji Nuri

Joboji Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

There was the name called Joboji Nuri from the Jobouji whole families who ruled over North Iwate in the Middle Ages, and becomes the place name.

Joboji Nuri takes its name from the Joboji family which ruled the northern part of Iwate Prefecture during the middle ages, and it is also the name of the area.

Iwate

Iwayado Tansu

Iwayado Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Beginning of Iwayado Tansu dates back to the end of 18th century. It is considered to be opening that the Iwayado lord of a castle at the time let vassal study commodification of chest with car and woodwork furniture to last a long time.

The origins of Iwayado Tansu date back to the end of the 18th century, when the custodian of Iwayado castle had his retainers look into the commercial possibilities of such pieces of wooden furniture as chests with lids and others riding on palettes fitted with wheels.

Iwate

Nambu Tekki

Nambu Cast Ironwork

Metalworking product

The beginning of 17th century, it does by opening that southern part feudal clan which ruled area around current Morioka-shi, Iwate invited teakettle craftsman to Morioka from Kyoto.

Present-day Morioka is at the center of an area which was controlled by the Nambu clan at the beginning of the 17th century. It was then that craftsmen practiced in the art of making chagama or pots used to heat water for the tea ceremony were invited to Morioka from Kyoto. Many more casters were subsequently engaged by the clan and the production of weapons, chagama , and other pots began in earnest.