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Suruga Takesensuji Zaiku

Suruga Bamboo Ware

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Early in the Edo era, it mainly began as side job of samurai.

Suruga Takesensuji Zaiku dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868) when warriors almost exclusively made bamboo goods as a side job in more peaceful times. In the 19th century, the feudal lord in Okazaki, who was skilled in the art of bamboo weaving, passed on his techniques to Shimizu Inobei. Using these techniques, he made candy bowls and insect cages to sell to travelers on the Tokaido, the main road between Kyoto and Edo.


Suruga Hinagu

Suruga Hina Doll Fittings

Dolls and Kokeshi

Suruga Hinagu has been already produced in the times when Imagawa was daimyo of Suruga of Totomikuni in the 16th century. We applied high technique introduced triggered by climate that was warm high humidity and building of Kuno mountain Toshogu and Asama Shinto shrine from the whole country, and the making of ingredients hina as field developed for one minute of the making of Laquer Ware which we settled in in the Edo era.

Paraphernalia for the Hina Matsuri or doll festival was already being produced in Suruga in the 16th century when Imagawa was feudal lord of this province that corresponds to present-day Shizuoka Prefecture. With the construction of Kunosan Toshogu shrine and the Asama Shrine, many advanced craft techniques were introduced from all over the country and the production of Hina paraphernalia developed as part of the lacquer ware industry which, benefiting from the warm humid climate of the area, became established during the Edo period (1600 -1868).


Suruga Hina Ningyo

Dolls and Kokeshi

*tenshin by "kiri*" (lie) can watch the opening when we follow the origin of Suruga Hina Ningyo. It is considered to be opening we call master of earthware together from Mino, and to have created clay idols.

The roots of Suruga Hina Ningyo can be traced back to simple clay dolls known as neri-tenjin. Tenjin is another name for Sugawara Michizane, a Heian period (794-1185) scholar, who was respected as a god of learning. But the craft itself started when a local man called Aono Kasaku gathered around him people skilled in making things in clay and began making dolls. Then tenjin, which were dressed, were made and examples dating back to 1853 still exist today.