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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Shimane

Iwami Yaki

Iwami Ware

Ceramics

It was in the middle of the Edo era, and local craftsman learned the ceramics method than ceramist of current Yamaguchi, and small products such as one side of the story or sake bottle of Iwami Yaki came to be made.

About 1763, Morita Motozo who lived in the province of Iwami learned how to make pottery from a potter from present-day Yamaguchi prefecture, and he began making small items such as lipped bowls and sake flasks. Some 20 years later, it seems that much larger pieces of pottery such as water jars found their way into the area from present-day Okayama prefecture and these were also made.

Shimane

Sekishu Washi

Sekishu Paper

Washi Paper

In "Engi era expression (engishiki) written in the Heian era," the name of Iwami comes up.

While mention is made of Sekishu in the Engishiki, a Heian period (794-1185) document on court protocol, a more direct reference to paper is made in the Kamisuki Chohoki, a ""A Manual of Papermaking"" published in 1798. It says that when a Kakinomotono Hitomaro went to take up the post of protector in the province of Iwami (Shimane prefecture), he taught the people there how to make paper.

Shimane

Unshu Soroban

Unshu Abacus

Writing tools and Abacus

It was in the latter half of the Edo era, and carpenter of Nitacho, Shimane made abacus which was wonderful as materials by willow oak, plum, soot bamboo produced in copybook on abacus which craftsman of Hiroshima made in this district.

Towards the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), a carpenter living in Shimane Prefecture obtained an abacus from Hiroshima made by a specialist and made a very good one using locally sourced oak, Japanese apricot and a smoked form of bamboo called susudake.

Tottori Shimane

Izumo Ishidoro

Izumo Stone Lanterns

Stonework

Sandstone which volcanic ashes produced in hometown hardened as for the Izumo Ishidoro, and was made was made from the times when it was old as uncut stone.

Izumo Ishidoro have been made for many hundreds of years from a local sandstone that formed from volcanic ash. During the Edo period (1600-1868) Matsudaira Naomasa, the local lord, recognized the value of this craft and placed the stone under a monopoly. The stone was then also used for architectural purposes. Ever since the end of the 19th century, the pieces of stonework for gardens and home have been seen as stone art and are well-known throughout Japan.