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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

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.

Tokyo

Tokyo Ginki

Tokyo Silversmithery

Metalworking product

It was in the middle of the Edo era, and it was beginning of "Tokyo Ginki" that silverware craftsman called silversmith (we do and do Gane) and decoration craftsman called Rev. metalworking to make comb, ornamental hairpin, God interest (mikoshi portable shrine) metal fittings appeared as creator of cloth for instrument which profiler engraved.

This craft began during the 18th century with the emergence of three kinds of skilled workers of precious metals. First there was the shirogane-shi, who fashioned articles that were then skillfully chased by masters of this technique; and then there were skilled metal workers who made such things as combs, hairpins (kanzashi) and the decorative metal fittings for the portable shrines or mikoshi.

Niigata

Kamo Kiri Tansu

Kamo Paulowina Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Thing which carpenter produced at the beginning of the 19th century is informed with beginning of Kamo Kiri Tansu. "The 1814 (Bunka 11) purchase" and chest written down are used for ceiling of chest now in the city.

It seems that the making of Kamo Kiri Tansu began with one made by a carpenter in the early part of the 19th century. The very same chest is still being used in the city of Kamo today and it is inscribed on the back with ""Purchased 1814"".

Tokyo

Edo tortoiseshell

Edo Tortoiseshell

Other Crafts

Of tortoise shell original as for Edo tortoiseshell with shell of hawksbill turtle as raw materials laminate; industrial art object using technique. In the Kanto district of Edo period, article in Japanese dress is made flourishingly, and Japanese and Western accessories, glasses are made now.

Edo Tortoiseshell uses the shell of the hawksbill turtle and a unique technique to attach the pieces of tortoiseshell together. During the Edo period, accessories for kimono were produced in the Kanto region, and in the current day, acceccories for both kimono and Western clothing, as well as eyeglasses and other items are produced.

Aichi

Akazu Yaki

Akazu Ware

Ceramics

Beginning of Akazu Yaki dated back to earthenware vessel earthen vessel burnt in the Nara era (about 700), and traditional skills and techniques and name that there was established now early in the Edo era.

The origins of this ware date back to an earthenware called sueki that was made about 700, during the Nara period (710-794), although the traditional skills, techniques and nomenclature of Akazu Yaki that are still in use today were established during the early years of the Edo period (1600-1868). It was the period slightly prior to this that saw the establishment of glazing techniques that are still in use, namely shino, oribe, kizeto, and ofuke.

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.

Aomori

Tsugaru Nuri

Tsugaru Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Beginning of Tsugaru Nuri dates back early in the Edo era. When craftsman made with Laquer Ware which was renewed by feudal lord of Tsugaru feudal clan whether it is meal began, we are informed.

The making of this ware dates back to the beginning of the 17th century, when the fourth generation of leaders of the Tsugaru clan engaged craftsmen skilled in the making of lacquer ware. A production center became established toward the end of the 19th century and the craft developed from the traditional skills which had been acquired over the preceding period of approximately 300 years.

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.

Okinawa

Chibana Hanaori

Chibana Hanaori

Woven textiles

Skills and techniques already established in the late 19th century, and utchaki (jacket), tisaji (handkerchief) for sacred rites, do gin (life jacket), kimono were continued weaving with kind of fabric with a mosaic waving pattern thing which Chibana Hanaori woven flourishingly for a long time in former Misatomura (Chibana, Noborikawa of current Okinawa-shi, area of Hitoshi Ikehara) passed, and made full use of technique of floating Kaori after the Meiji era. They received crushing blow in World War II, but clothes of Chibana Hanaori are worn by traditional event (usudeku) to pray for staple grains abundant harvest and perfect state of health now.

Since ancient times, Chibana Hanaori has been woven in the former Misato-son (currently the Chibana, Noborikawa, and Ikehara regions of Okinawa City).