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Owari Household Buddhist Fittings

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Industrial art object that Owari Household Buddhist Fittings is produced around Nagoya-shi, Aichi from early period of Edo era. We developed into resources as side job of low-class samurai of high quality wood produced in the suburbs of Owari in last part of Edo era. Wooden lacquering product is the center and features a variety of processes and the colorful finish.


Banshu Soroban

Banshu Abacus

Writing tools and Abacus

Abacus was handed down to Otsu from the end, Chugoku of the Muromachi era via Nagasaki.

Coming first from China, the abacus was brought to Otsu from Nagasaki toward the end of the Muromachi period (1392-1573). It was during the following Momoyama period (1573-1600), when Toyotomi Hideyoshi sieged Miki castle, that the people of this small castle town fled to nearby Otsu, where some learned how to make the abacus. When they finally returned to their homeland, they began making what became the Banshu Soroban.


Karatsu Yaki

Karatsu Ware


About beginning of Karatsu Yaki, there are some opinions, but it is said that it has been already baked at the end of the 16th century.

Although disputed, it seems likely that Karatsu Yaki was being made in this area even before the 1592 campaigns to Korea. The name is abbreviated from a ware made in the area of Matsuura where there were a number of kilns producing Taku kokaratsu, Hirado kokaratsu, and Takeo kokaratsu. It was, however, the ware from the Matsuura kokaratsu kiln that finally gave its name to this particular style of pottery.


Niigata Shikki

Niigata Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Lacquering technology came from other production centers at the beginning of the Edo era, and monopoly area of lacquer ware called wooden bowl shop was established in current old town in 1638 (Kanei 15), and protectionism had stolen.

Techniques were originally introduced from other centers where lacquer ware was being made at the beginning of 17th century but in 1638, a specialist area for the selling of japanned goods was established under the name of a ""bowl store"" in what is now Furumachi, and received official protection. By 1819, the craft was well enough established for a list of ""master lacquerers"" to be recorded.


Tokyo Some Komon

Tokyo Fine-Pattern Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Beginning of fine pattern can date back to the Muromachi era, but it is the Edo era, and it is after that fine pattern came to be dyed widely.

Although the history of this craft can be traced back to the Muromachi period (1392-1573), it was not until the Edo period (1600-1868) that cloth of this type was produced in any quantity. Stencil-dyed cloths were especially used for the kamishimo, a piece of formal dress worn by the Daimyo. These regional feudal lords were required to reside in Edo for long periods and the resulting increase in demand for this cloth made Edo the center of its production. Originally, it was only the Daimyo and samurai classes who wore garments of this cloth.


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 Rev. 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.


Nibutani Ita

Nibutani Ita

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Nibutani Ita has been inherited by people of Ainu who lived in Saru abandonment area for more than 100 years. At the mid-19th century, record that half moon tray and round tray were given to from this area remains.

Nibutani Ita is a craft that has been passed down for over 100 years by the Ainu people living in the Saru River basin region. There are records that indicate that round and half-moon shaped trays were presented by the people of this region in the latter half of the 19th century.


Kishu Shikki

Kishu Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Group of woodworkers of the neighborhood of current Shiga settled down in this ground for the age of civil strife from the Muromachi era and began production of wooden bowl of tree to bare wood with rich Kishu hinoki.

Wood turners settled in the vicinity of present day Shiga Prefecture during the Muromachi period (1392-1573) and the turbulent times before the end of the 16th century. These craftsmen started making wooden soup bowls using the plentiful supplies of Japanese cypresses (Chamaecyparis Spach) found locally. This led to the production of shibujiwan bowls, which were primed with the tannin-rich juice extracted from persimmons.


Honba Kihachijo

Kihachijo Fabrics

Woven textiles

In the old days, Norinaga Motoori left with "zururamukashi where the name of island called pseudo hachijo-silk was than that hachijo-silk".

It seems that the island of Kihachijo got its name from the Hachijo cloth, and the island was a supplier of silk right back in the Muromachi period (1392-1573). Since the middle of the 18th century, very elegant striped and checked cloths have been woven on the island, and these kimono cloths and obi still have many followers today.