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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Shiga

Omi Jofu

Omi Ramie

Woven textiles

By rich water of Echigawa and achievement of environment and merchant from Omi such as high humidity, hemp cloth developed from the Kamakura era in this district.

Fostered by the well-known entrepreneurial spirit of Omi tradesmen, the hot local climate and a plentiful supply of water from the Aichi River, production of woven ramie cloth developed in this area from the Kamakura period (1185-1333).

Shiga

Shigaraki Yaki

Shigaraki Ware

Ceramics

When the Emperor Shomu makes purple incense comfort shrine (he does, and pattern comes chisel) in Tempyo period, it is said to be opening to have baked tile and is counted in one of Japan six Old kilns.

Recognized as one of the six old kilns or Rokkoyo in Japan, the origin of Shigaraki Yaki dates back to the making of roofing tiles for the Shigaraki palace by Emperor Shomu during the Tenpyo period beginning in 730.

Shiga

Hikone Butsudan

Hikone Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Because it was in the middle of the Edo era and recommended to armorer, painter (master), worker with high technique in Hikone feudal clan to leave production of arms, and to be engaged in production of Household Buddhist Altars , the making of Household Buddhist Altars began as small household industry from that time.

Gradually during the 18th century, highly skilled armorers, lacquerers and other artisans were encouraged by the Hikone clan to work on the making of household altars, at first more or less as a ""cottage industry"". Subsequently with the rise in popularity of Buddhism and the patronage of the Hikone clan, a production center became established, forming the foundations of the small craft industry as it exists today.