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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Tokyo

Edo Sashimono

Edo Joinery

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

In the Edo era, Tokugawa shogunate government called many craftsmen together from the whole country and we made Shokunincho of Daikumachi, Kajicho, Konnyacho and, around Kanda, Nihonbashi, developed the manual industry.

Many skilled individuals were encouraged to live and work in Edo (Tokyo) by the Shogunate right from the outset of the Edo period (1600-1868), and craft industries developed as a result of the formation of enclaves within the districts of Kanda and Nihonbashi for such specialists as carpenters, smiths, and dyers.

Tokushima

Awa Shoai Shijira Ori

Awa Indigo Cotton

Woven textiles

Called "praise texture" woven as for Awa shijira texture flourishingly in the Awa district at the end of the 18th century improvement was added to striped cotton at the beginning of the Meiji era and came to be woven.

This Awa Shoai Shijira Ori was developed from a striped cotton cloth called tatae-ori that was being extensively woven throughout the Awa area at the end of the 18th century. Various reasons have been put forward as to why this development took place but it seems likely that is was the result of finding that when wet cloth was dried in the sun, it produced an interesting natural crepe effect.

Fukui

Echizen Shikki

Echizen Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Opening is old, and it is informed that it dates back to the sixth century. Craftsman of lacquer ware maker ordered complete change of crown by the Emperor at the time,

It is thought that this particular lacquer ware dates back to the 6th century. A lacquerer was ordered to recoat the kanmuri or formal headpiece of the Emperor of the times. The lacquerer also presented a black lacquered bowl to the Emperor who recognized the quality of his work and it is thought that it was this encouragement which led to the establishment of Echizen Shikki as an individual ware.

Miyagi

Miyagi Dento Kokeshi

Miyagi Kokeshi Dolls

Dolls and Kokeshi

After the middle of Edo era, it is informed that we were born as hot spring souvenir of the Tohoku district.

It is said that these dolls were made to sell to people visiting the hot springs in the north east of the country from the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868). Five kinds of traditional dolls are produced in Miyagi Prefecture itself, namely naruko kokeshi, sakunami kokeshi, toogatta kokeshi, yajiro kokeshi, and hijiori kokeshi.

Kagoshima

Honba Oshima Tsumugi

Oshima Pongee

Woven textiles

Beginning of Oshima pongee in Amami Islands dates back to the about seventh century. It was about the early 18th century that production center was formed, and technique reached Kagoshima afterwards. We close, and splashed pattern is made using unique opportunity called plane (shimehata). Technique of "mud dyeing" to dye thread is particularly famous.

The origins of this cloth woven on the Amami islands near Okinawa dates back to the 7th century. It was not until the beginning of the 18th century, however, that the craft took on the guise of an industry and its techniques were subsequently handed on to those working in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Nagasaki

Hasami Yaki

Hasami Ware

Ceramics

At the end of 16th century, Omura feudal lord participates in the Korea dispatch of troops of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and it is said that it was begun by Korean ceramist whom we brought when we return home.

At the end of the 16th century, the feudal lord of the Omura clan accompanied Toyotomi Hideyoshi on one of his campaigns to the Korean Peninsular. On his return he brought back some Korean potters with him and they began making pottery in Hasami.

Aichi

Nagoya Kiri Tansu

Nagoya Paulownia Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

As for the Nagoya Kiri Tansu, craftsmen engaged in construction of a castle of Nagoya-jo Castle approximately 400 years ago settle down in castle town, and it is said to be opening to have made chest or large oblong chest. When living and economy of people were stable, after national unification of Tokugawa shogunate government, production of Woven textiles increased rapidly, and clothes became rich, too. Functional, rational chest was necessary in substitution for previous cabinet with general people coming to get high-quality fabrics for kimono.

It seems likely that the making of this distinctive style of paulownia chest was begun in Nagoya by craftsmen who, having been involved in the building of Nagoya castle some 400 years ago, settled there and began making chest of drawers and chests.

Kumamoto

Higo Zogan

Higo Inlay

Metalworking product

It is assumed father that Matashichi Hayashi who served Marquis Tadatoshi Hosokawa who entered the country as Higo king in 1632 (Kanei 9) made inlay on the brim of gun and sword.

The roots of this craft go back to Hayashi Matashichi. With the support of the local feudal lord Hosokawa and his family, Hayashi was doing inlaid metal work on firearms and sword guards during the first half of the 17th century. Subsequently, as this craft became established, fine Higo sword guards were produced by generation after generation of the Hayashi family as well as by other families such as the Hiratas, Nishigakis, Shimizus and Kamiyoshis right through the Edo period (1600-1868), and many pieces of their work are still in existence. When the carrying of swords was outlawed in 1876, the Higo craftsmen turned their hand to decorative work and began making everyday items in line with the new social conditions.

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

Kaga Yuzen

Kaga Yuzen Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Beginning of Kaga Yuzen sails up to "umesen" (umezome) which is dyeing technique peculiar to Kaga. It is written down for documents that there has been already "umesen" in middle part of the 15th century.

The origins of Kaga Yuzen go back to a type of dyeing called ume-zome, which was unique to the area. This dyeing technique already existed in the middle of the 15th century and can be verified through written records. Besides ume-zome, other very old methods of dyeing called kenbo-zome and iro-emon are also part of Kaga's legacy of dyeing and went under the general heading of okuni-zome.

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.

Fukuoka

Yame Fukushima Butsudan

Yamefukushima Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

The following talk is had for beginning of Yame Fukushima Butsudan. It was in the middle of the Edo era and one armor-back held-flag carpenter had a dream of solemn gorgeous Buddhist temple at a certain night and thought and wanted to be Household Buddhist Altars production for cooperation to person in the same profession.

One night in early 19th century, a cabinet maker dreamt about an extremely beautiful, majestic Buddhist building. Inspired by his dream, he enlisted the help of work mates and together they built a Buddhist household altar. This is the story behind the origins of the Yamefukushima Butsudan.