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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

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Shinshu Tsumugi

Shinshu Pongee

Woven textiles

Beginning of Shinshu Tsumugi dates back to the Nara era to woven "ashiginu".

The origins of Shinshu Tsumugi go back to a silk cloth called ashiginu that was woven in the Nara period (710-794). Because of the rivalry and encouragement that the clans in the province of Shinshu were given, sericulture was very popular and the production of pongee throughout the province flourished, and every year large quantities of cloth were dispatched to Kyoto.

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Kiso Shikki

Kiso Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Opening is 17 turns of the century. Originally, in nature of the locality that the making of bare wood using hinoki of abundant Kiso was prosperous, we received utmost protection of Owari Tokugawa feudal clan in the Edo era and developed.

It was the beginning of the 17th century when this craft got its start, very much founded on the plentiful supplies of local Japanese cypress for the production of carcasses for goods rich in local color. Subsequently the craft developed under firm patronage from the Owari Tokugawa clan through the Edo Period (1603-1868) and this craft became popular with those travelling along the Nakasendo Highway.

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Matsumoto Kagu

Matsumoto Furniture

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

When castle town was established in current Matsumoto, Nagano in the late 16th century, Matsumoto Kagu began as one of the commerce and industry and developed.

Matsumoto Kagu developed from one of the trades set up around the time that Matsumoto in present-day Nagano Prefecture became a castle town in the latter half of the 16th century. It was not until the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), however, that the production of household furniture actually began.

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Nagiso Rokuro Zaiku

Nagiso Turnery

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

According to the old documents of Nagiso-machi, beginning of Nagiso Rokuro Zaiku is the early 18th century.

According to an old document found in Nagiso, turnery began here sometime during the first half of the 18th century, when unfinished forms for trays and bowls were being sent to Nagoya and Osaka. For this to happen, it must be assumed that lathes were first turning sometime before.

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Shinshu Uchihamono

Shinshu Forged Blades

Metalworking product

At the time of Kawanakajima battle happened in the late 16th century, it is said to be opening that we go back and forth in this district, and people of village learned technique of Kaji from craftsman of the making of knife which we repaired of arms, swords.

The origins of forged blades in this area go back to the second half of the 16th century, to the time of the Kawanakajima battles. It was at this time that swordsmiths and others making and repairing weapons moved into the area and the local people learned forging skills.

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Iiyama Butsudan

Iiyama Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

As for the making of Household Buddhist Altars which rooted in town Iiyama of temple from the early period of Edo era, work is subdivided and is produced from parts to assembling consistently in area. Around Household Buddhist Altars shop which should be called production wholesale dealer of Household Buddhist Altars which served as Rev. finish, production center is comprised.

The making of Buddhist household altars became firmly established in the thriving religious community of Iiyama during the beginning of the 17th century. All of the work was done in the area by different craftsmen and then the whole thing was assembled.

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Uchiyama Gami

Uchiyama Paper

Washi Paper

Craftsman who wore the manufacturing method in Mino is one's house, and, as for the beginning of Uchiyama Gami, what suki (we do) was is said to be opening early in the Edo era.

Early in the 17th century, Hagiwara Kiuemon, a resident of a small village in Uchiyama district went to learn how to make paper in Mino, itself famous for its handmade papers. On returning home, he began making paper and from these simple beginnings, the craft flourished in this area where the heavy snowfalls have contributed to the techniques of this fine handmade paper.