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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Ishikawa

Kanazawa Shikki

Kanazawa Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Kaga feudal clan which had power in area around current Ishikawa in the Edo era laid emphasis on promotion of arts and crafts.

The Kaga clan, which held sway over the area now known as Ishikawa Prefecture, actively promoted the arts and many crafts. Kanazawa Shikki was just one of those and dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868).

Kagawa

Kagawa Shikki

Kagawa Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

As for the Kagawa Shikki, Zokoku Tamakaji studies Laquer Ware technique that "*hishio" (kimma) was transmitted through "*sei" (zonsei) from Thailand and Chugoku late in the Edo era,

Kagawa Shikki started at the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), by Tamakaji Zokoku, a famous lacquerer with the development of new techniques that came into being by combining traditional Japanese techniques with skills such as kinma and zonsei which had been brought to Japan from Thailand and China.

Kumamoto

Shodai Yaki

Shodai Ware

Ceramics

Tadatoshi Hosokawa becomes change seal in Higo country from Buzen country in 1632 (Kanei 9) and ceramist source seven (the female Shojis first generation) and eight Court Security Office (the Katsuragi house first generation) which followed this are ordered potter and are broken including Shodai Yaki.

When Hosokawa Tadatoshi moved from the fief of Buzen to take control of the fief of Higo in 1632, two master potters were appointed. One of these was Genhichi, the first of a long line of potters of the Hinkoji family, and the other was Hachizaemon, the first of successive generations of potters from the Katsuragi family. It was the appointment of these two men that is said to have marked the beginnings of the making of Shodai Yaki.

Hokkaido

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.

Yamagata

Oitama Tsumugi

Oitama Pongee

Woven textiles

Beginning of Oitama Tsumugi dates back to the early eighth century. Firstly the system as production center was set in what Kagekatsu Uesugi of feudal lord recommended in the Edo era.

While dating back to the 8th century, the weaving of this cloth did not become firmly established in this area of Yamagata Prefecture until the beginning of the 17th century. This was when Uesugi Keisho, the lord of the fief, encouraged its weaving.

Saga

Imari Arita Yaki

Imari-Arita Ware

Ceramics

It is beginning of Imari Arita Yaki that clay for chinaware which is raw materials of porcelain was discovered in Arida Izumiyama by Sanpei Ri of ceramist whom Saga feudal lord who participated in the Korea dispatch of troops by Hideyoshi Toyotomi of the end of 16th century brought back from Korea.

The origins of Imari Arita Yaki date back to the end of the 16th century when the Saga clan, which had been involved in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaigns in Korea, brought back the potter, Li Sanpei who discovered porcelain stone at Mount Arita Izumi, in northern Kyushu. The porcelain that was subsequently made there was the first to be produced anywhere in Japan and was originally called Imari Yaki, simply because it was shipped through the port of Imari.

Nagano

Kiso Shikki

Kiso Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Opening is 17 turns of the century. Originally, in nature of the locality that the making of bare wood using hinoki of abundant Kiso was prosperous, we received utmost protection of Owari Tokugawa feudal clan in the Edo era and developed.

It was the beginning of the 17th century when this craft got its start, very much founded on the plentiful supplies of local Japanese cypress for the production of carcasses for goods rich in local color. Subsequently the craft developed under firm patronage from the Owari Tokugawa clan through the Edo Period (1603-1868) and this craft became popular with those travelling along the Nakasendo Highway.

Gunma

Kiryu Ori

Kiryu Textiles

Woven textiles

Foamy fall princess serving the Imperial Court in old days as 1200 comes to bride in the Yamadas of Kiryu, and what conveyed sericulture and plane (hata) texture to villager is said to be opening.

It is said that Kiryu Ori go back some 1,200 years, to when Princess Shirataki, who served at the Imperial Court, went to live in Kiryu after she married into the Yamada family and taught the art of sericulture and weaving to the people of the village.

Nagano

Iiyama Butsudan

Iiyama Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

As for the making of Household Buddhist Altars which rooted in town Iiyama of temple from the early period of Edo era, work is subdivided and is produced from parts to assembling consistently in area. Around Household Buddhist Altars shop which should be called production wholesale dealer of Household Buddhist Altars which served as Rev. finish, production center is comprised.

The making of Buddhist household altars became firmly established in the thriving religious community of Iiyama during the beginning of the 17th century. All of the work was done in the area by different craftsmen and then the whole thing was assembled.