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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

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Iga Kumihimo

Iga Kumihimo Braids

Other textiles

Beginning of Iga Kumihimo is old, and it is said that it dates back to the past in the Nara era.

The origins of Iga kumihimo braid are extremely old and may even date back to before the Nara period (710-794).

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Yokkaichi Banko Yaki

Yokaichi Banko Ware

Ceramics

Business magnate who was in the middle of the Edo era had person called Rozan Nunami approximately 260 years ago. It is origin of the name of manko* that we load with wish so that one's work reaches forever, and playing mountain which made ceramic art hobby for tea ceremony in detail pushed seal of "mankofui" (bankofueki). We had suspended manko* born with death of playing mountain, but it became late in the Edo era and came to be baked again in this way.

Some 260 years ago there lived a wealthy merchant, Nunami Rozan. He was a knowledgeable exponent of tea and was interested in pottery. In fact, the name Banko-yaki or Banko ware originates from pieces he made himself. He stamped them with bankofueki, or literally "eternity, constancy", hoping they would be handed down through endless generations after he was gone.

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Iga Yaki

Iga Ware

Ceramics

Opening dates back to the eighth century from the late seventh century. Earthenware vessel called earthen vessel is baked, too, and unglazed pottery for agriculture was made while it is the beginning, but is when tile of temple was made in the Asuka era.

The origins of this ware date back to sometime between the second half of the 7th century and 8th century A.D. At the time, a type of earthenware called sueki was being fired and in the early days, seed pots used by farmers were being made. Subsequently, however, it seems that temple roof tiles were produced.

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Suzuka Sumi

Suzuka Sumi Ink Sticks

Writing tools and Abacus

We burn produced pine in crowd of Suzuka early in the Heian era and take oil smoke, and what harden it with glue, and made sumi is informed with opening.

The making of ink sticks here is said to have begun at the end of the 8th century, when soot was obtained by burning pine that was cut from the mountains around Suzuka. An animal glue was then added to the soot which was dried and used to make ink.

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Ise Katagami

Ise Paper Stencils

Industrial arts materials, industrial arts tool

The history of Ise Katagami is old, and, about the opening, there are various opinions. It is thought that there was form paper from place drawing senshokujin where illustrator of the Muromachi era uses form for "picture of many artisans" (shokuninzukushie) for last years in the Muromachi era.

Although the history of these stencil papers dates back a very long way, no one is too sure as to actually when they were first made. However, it seems likely that they were already in existence at the end of the Muromachi period (1392-1573) because a contemporary painter called Kano Yoshinobu, depicted someone using a stencil in a painting called Shokunin-zukushi-e.