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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Aichi

Three states ridge-end tile industrial art object

Sanshu Onigawara Crafts

Ceramics

Production becomes active from the early 18th century and has traditions more than 300 years. Producer of ridge-end tile is called "Master ogre" or "master of crest" and, other than traditional ogre side and ridge-end tile with family coat of arms, lasts for many divergences including interior product and exterior products such as small ridge-end tiles for the room.

These traditional crafts have a history of over 300 years and flourished at the beginning of the 18th century. People who make onigawara crafts are known as “onishi” or “oniitashi”. In addition to the traditional types with gargoyles and family crests, the onigawara craft extends to other products such as small ornaments for interior design and outdoor decorations.

Tokushima

Awa Washi

Awa Paper

Washi Paper

Record that people who served the Imperial Court called mourning tribe now approximately 1,300 years ago plant hemp and paper mulberry, and promoted production of paper and cloth is seen in book in the ninth century, and the history of Awa Washi begins here.

A 9th-century document confirms that the history of Awa Washi goes back some 1,300 years to times when a family known as Inbe serving the Imperial court, was growing flax and paper mulberry and producing cloth and paper.

Ishikawa

Kutani Yaki

Kutani Ware

Ceramics

It is Old Kutani Yaki (kokutaniyaki) that was begun in the ground of Kutani chinaware at the in the middle time in the 17th century by clay for chinaware having been discovered in mine of Kutani chinaware and craftsman of Kaga feudal clan having learned technique made with porcelain in present Arita-cho, Saga. Kutani porcelain made up the unique powerful style beauty to have both generosity and flamboyance of Hyakumangoku, Kaga culture, but was not made suddenly around the end of the 17th century. Kutani Yaki came to be burnt again afterwards when the 19th century began.

The first porcelain to be produced in the Kutani area was in the 17th century, when a member of the Kaga clan, Goto Saijiro, who had studied the techniques of making porcelain in Arita in northern Kyushu, set up a kiln making Kokutani ware, a suitable porcelain clay having been discovered in the area.

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).

Fukui

Wakasa Nuri

Wakasa Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

As for the Wakasa Nuri, craftsman of lacquering of Kohama feudal clan located near Wakasa-wan Bay at the beginning of the Edo era got hint in technique of the making of Laquer Ware of Chugoku and we graphically designed state of the bottom of the sea and began. "Seaweed-patterned lacquering" (isokusanuri) was begun to knit by "chrysanthemum dust coat" (work pitch a camp paint) what repeated invention improved by this, and was born by pupil of the designer.

The making of Wakasa Nuri began at the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), when lacquerers of the Obama clan near Wakasa Bay started decorating their work with designs depicting elements of the ocean floor, having got the idea from techniques used in Chinese lacquer ware.

Gifu

Mino Washi

Mino Paper

Washi Paper

Because record that family register paper of the Nara era was Mino Washi remains in "Shoso-in document", it is thought that beginning of Mino Washi is the Nara era.

It is thought that Mino Washi dates back to the Nara period (710-794), because records at the Shoso-in Repository show that it was used for a census during the 8th century. By the Muromachi period (1392-1573) the Rokusaiichi paper market was being held. This was set up by the locally influential Toki Nariyori and Mino Washi were shipped to Kyoto, Osaka and Ise, making it one of the best known papers of its times.

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.

Hyogo

Izushi Yaki

Izushi Ware

Ceramics

Because uncut stone of a large quantity of white porcelain was discovered in hometown in the middle of Edo era, we receive support of feudal lord and invite ceramist of present Arita-cho, Saga, and it is done with opening what made porcelain in castle town of Izushi.

Large quantities of kaolin were discovered in the area during the 18th century. With the help of the local feudal lord, potters skilled in the making of porcelain from Arita in present-day Saga Prefecture were brought in to help, and the porcelain made in the castle town of Izushi marked the beginnings of this ware. Subsequently, the number of kilns increased in and around this castle town and a production center became established.

Okinawa

Kumejima Tsumugi

Kumejima Pongee

Woven textiles

In the about 14th century, the weaving method to assume India the origin was conveyed by southern trade.

Originating in India, this method of weaving was introduced into Japan around the 14th century along eastern trade routes.

Ishikawa

Wajima Nuri

Wajima Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

It is "door (shunuritobira) where the oldest thing was made with Wajima Nuri in the Muromachi era painted in red", but, by remains investigations, Laquer Ware and tool in the Kamakura era are found,

Although the oldest piece of Wajima Nuri is the shunuri-tobira made in the Muromachi period (1392-1573), other items and tools have been found during surveys of archaeological sites that date back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333). Lacquer ware is therefore known to have been made much earlier. During the Edo period (1600-1868), Wajima Nuri was known for its durability and was being used in the homes of farmers and merchants up and down the country. By the end of the 19th century it was also being used in restaurants and inns and designs gradually became grander and more decorative.

Ishikawa

Yamanaka Shikki

Yamanaka Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

We do by potter's wheel ban kiga opening that people of craftsman group where we emigrated to for good materials in the latter half of the 16th century performed.

The origins of this craft date back to the second half of the 16th century, when a group of craftsmen moved into the area in search of good materials and began turning bowls and other things.

Osaka

Osaka Ranma

Osaka Transoms

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

As for the beginning of Osaka Ranma, technique to become the cause of the tradition technique is seen in St. Kanja or Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka in the early 17th century.

The origins of this craft date back to the beginning of the 17th century and the traditional woodworking skills that can be seen at Osaka's Hijiri Shrine and Shiteno-ji temple. Gradually during the 18th century, transoms were mainly introduced into merchant's houses not only for practical reasons of ventilation and lighting but also as a decorative element capable of raising the quality of interior space, especially in rooms where guest would be received.