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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Toyama

Takaoka Shikki

Takaoka Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

When feudal lord Toshinaga Maeda of Kaga feudal clan built Takaoka Castle in current Takaoka-shi, Toyama at the beginning of the Edo era, what let you make everyday life products such as arms and chest, low dining table does Takaoka Shikki by opening.

This lacquer craft started at the beginning of the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the lord of the Kaga clan wielding power over the Hokuriku region built Takaoka castle in what is now Takaoka City. It was then that lacquerers began making all manners of household goods as well as chests and lacquered items of armor and weaponry.

Toyama

Inami Chokoku

Inami Woodcarving

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

When carpenter of Inami who had extremely high technique rebuilt the main hall of a Buddhist temple of temple destroyed by fire in middle part of the 18th century, it is done with opening that we were informed by order engraver dispatched from Kyoto technique of sculpture.

When the highly skilled carpenters of Inami were rebuilding the main worship hall at Zuizenji temple after it had been destroyed by a fire in the middle of the 18th century, some woodcarvers with official patronage were dispatched from Kyoto to help with the work and it is thought that the carving techniques they passed on to the local carpenters marked the beginnings of woodcarving here.

Toyama

Takaoka Doki

Takaoka Bronze Casting

Metalworking product

Takaoka Doki begins in Kaga Maeda feudal clan inviting seven floggers with technique of Tannan, Kawachi that is the birthplace of casting at the beginning of the Edo era, and having established foundry.

Takaoka Doki dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), when the Maeda clan in Kaga invited seven highly skilled metal casters from a long established metal casting area to come and work at a newly opened workshop.

Toyama

Etchu Washi

Etchu Paper

Washi Paper

It is written down in ancient documents such as "Shoso-in documents" written in the Nara era about Ecchu country (etchunokunigami).

Written during the Nara period (710-794), reference is made to papers from this area in such ancient documents to be found in the Shosoin Repository in Nara. Further evidence of the long history of Etchu Washi can also be found in the Heian period (794-1185) document on court protocol, the Engishiki, in which it is recorded that paper was used to pay taxes.

Toyama

Shogawa Hikimono Kiji

Shogawa Turnery

Industrial arts materials, industrial arts tool

At the end of the 16th century, driftwood business to send wood which Kaga feudal clan which ruled area around current South Ishikawa used using flow of Shogawa was begun.

At the end of the 16th century, timber used by the Kaga clan, which governed the area mainly in the south of present-day Ishikawa prefecture, used the Shogawa river to float logs down stream. This is how the handling of timber began and the logs were stored in a pool within the district of Shogawa-cho, which became the largest collection point for timber in the Hokuriku region.