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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Miyagi

Naruko Shikki

Naruko Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Early in the Edo era, feudal lord who ruled over area equal to current Narukocho, Miyagi sends local Laquer Ware craftsman and lacquer work craftsman out for ascetic practices in Kyoto and is called that we planned promotion of Naruko Shikki.

At the beginning of the 17th century, the lord of the fief in the area where Naruko is situated, dispatched lacquerers and maki-e craftsmen to Kyoto to develop their skills, in an attempt to raise the popularity of the local product. According to a late 18th century document various household items were being produced and by then the production of lacquer ware was the main employment for the people of Naruko.

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Sendai chest

Sendai Tansu

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Sendai chest grew up as local industry of Sendai feudal clan last years later in the Edo era. The feature is that luxurious metal decoration metal fittings are put for mokujiryo (kijiro) coating that grain of wood appears.

Sendai tansu grew as a local industry of the Sendai-han beginning in the final years of the Edo period (1603 - 1868). The kijiro-nuri wood treatment that brings out the wood grain, and the deluxe metal fittings that decorate the chests are distinctive features of this craft.

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Ogatsu Suzuri

Ogatsu Inkstones

Writing tools and Abacus

The history of Ogatsu Suzuri is very old, and it is said that we sail up early in the Muromachi era.

The origins of the Ogatsu Suzuri can be traced back to the Muromachi period (1392-1573). Then, at the beginning of the 17th century, two inkstones were presented to the military commander, Date Masamune, who was on a deer hunt on Toojima, an island off the Ojika Peninsular. It seems that he was highly delighted with the stones and reciprocated generously.

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Miyagi Dento Kokeshi

Miyagi Kokeshi Dolls

Dolls and Kokeshi

After the middle of Edo era, it is informed that we were born as hot spring souvenir of the Tohoku district.

It is said that these dolls were made to sell to people visiting the hot springs in the north east of the country from the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868). Five kinds of traditional dolls are produced in Miyagi Prefecture itself, namely naruko kokeshi, sakunami kokeshi, toogatta kokeshi, yajiro kokeshi, and hijiori kokeshi.