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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Yamanashi

Koshu Suisho Kiseki Zaiku

Koshu Crystal Carving

Semiprecious Stone Craftwork

It does by opening that crystal uncut stone was discovered in interior of known "gotakenoborisenkyo" by beautiful view approximately 1,000 years ago.

This craft started some one thousand years ago, after quartz was found near Mount Kinpu beyond Mitakeshosenkyo, which is famous for its beautiful views. When it was first discovered, it was used as an ornament but by the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868), Shinto priests were taking the raw material to Kyoto to have them made into gems.

Yamanashi

Koshu Inden

Koshu Lacquered Deerhide

Other Crafts

In last years of Edo era, production center was formed around area equal to Kofu-shi of current Yamanashi.

Deerhide craft products were being made in the area centered on the city of Kofu in present-day Yamanashi Prefecture during the 19th century. By the end of the same century, it is known that deerhide draw-string money bags and purses were well known among people at large as reference is made to them in Tokaidochu Hizakurige, a humorous book published in the 19th century.

Yamanashi

Koshu Tebori Insho

Koshu Seals

Other Crafts

There is mention indicating existence of woodcut teacher treating printing block in Kofu-shi, and craftsman already exists from those days, and "Koshu shopping teach-yourself book" of last years of Edo era knows that we ran business of seal.

Mention is made in a late Edo period (1600-1868) ""shopping guide"" for Kofu, the capital of Yamanashi prefecture, that seals were being sold and skilled craftsmen were making blocks and seals in wood.