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Osaka Ranma

Osaka Transoms

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

As for the beginning of Osaka Ranma, technique to become the cause of the tradition technique is seen in St. Kanja or Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka in the early 17th century.

The origins of this craft date back to the beginning of the 17th century and the traditional woodworking skills that can be seen at Osaka's Hijiri Shrine and Shiteno-ji temple. Gradually during the 18th century, transoms were mainly introduced into merchant's houses not only for practical reasons of ventilation and lighting but also as a decorative element capable of raising the quality of interior space, especially in rooms where guest would be received.


Osaka Karaki Sashimono

Osaka Fine Cabinetry

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Karaki product was taken home with him/her by envoy to the Tang Dynasty of the Nara era. Because rare tree was used, it is reason of Karaki armor-back held-flag with this tree tree of Tang, to have called with Karaki.

Fine rarewood cabinetry was brought to Japan by the envoys who visited Tang dynasty China, hence the name of these woods in Japanese is literally ""woods of Tang"" or karaki. During the Edo period (1600-1868) when foreign intrusions were mostly shunned, rarewoods come into the country via Nagasaki and they were distributed through a wholesaler of medicines in Osaka.


Osaka Senshu Kiri Tansu

Osaka Senshu Paulownia Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

It is said that the making of armor-back held-flag that boxes using tree of yellowfin tuna and drill produced in neighborhood that the side to make agriculture received are easy is in the middle, and it began in the Edo era. We formed big production center from last part of Edo era to the Meiji era.

Sometime during the 18th century, farmers started making boxes and other simple pieces of cabinetry during slack times of the year, using locally obtained paulownia (Paulownia Sieb. et Zucc.) and cork-tree (Phellodendron Rupr.). This ""cottage industry"" grew in stature by leaps and bounds after the middle of the 19th century and is still thriving.


Osaka Kongo Sudare

Osaka Kongo Bamboo Blinds

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Beginning of bamboo blind is old and dates back to the Heian era. Bamboo blind (we see and do) used for partitioning and decorations such as the Imperial Court is said to be model of current room bamboo blind.

The making of bamboo blinds goes right back to before the Heian period (794-1185). Blinds of this kind were first used as a screen inside the Imperial palace and the residences of noblemen, and became the model for blinds which are still used in traditional reception rooms today.


Sakai Uchihamono

Sakai Forged Blades

Metalworking product

Gun, cigarette were transmitted by middle part, Portuguese of the 16th century. Because "cigarette kitchen knife" which ticked away tobacco leaves came to be made in Sakai in the latter half of the 16th century, and Tokugawa shogunate government gave Sakai seal of quality proof called "hallmark" and admitted monopoly, the sharpness and fame of Sakai knife opened to whole country each place.

Guns and tobacco were introduced into Japan in the middle of the 16th century by the Portuguese. By the end of that century, small tobacco knives were being forged in Sakai and the Tokugawa Shogunate awarded the forgers of Sakai a special seal of approval and guarantee of their quality.


Osaka Naniwa Suzuki

Osaka Naniwa Pewter Ware

Metalworking product

What tin caliber was informed by Japan is said to be thing due to hand of envoy to the Sui Dynasty now approximately 1,300 years ago.

Pewter ware was first introduced to Japan some 1,300 years ago by envoys from China. Later during the early part of the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the Zen monk Eisai visited Sung dynasty China and returned with a maker of tea urns. His skills with pewter are said to mark the real beginning of this craft in Japan. It was not until the 18th century, however, that a production center was established in Osaka.


Osaka Butsudan

Osaka Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Because we let you call engineer together from Kudara of the Korean Peninsula and live in Osaka when Prince Shotoku built Shitenno-ji Temple, it is said that Household Buddhist Altars , production center of Household Buddhist Fittings were formed. Osaka unique superior production skills and techniques spread out to prefecture lower 1 yen with Buddhism spreading out afterwards.

Household Buddhist altars and other items associated with the religion were first made in Osaka by specialists who came from Paekche on the Korean peninsular, at the time that Shotoku Taishi built the Shiteno-ji temple in the late 6th century.