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Honba Oshima Tsumugi

Oshima Pongee

Woven textiles

Beginning of Oshima pongee in Amami 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.


Yokkaichi Banko Yaki

Yokaichi Banko Ware


Business magnate who was in the middle of the Edo era had person called Rozan Nunami approximately 260 years ago. It is origin of the name of ten thousand Old roast that we load with wish so that own work reaches forever, and playing mountain which made ceramic art hobby for tea ceremony in detail pushed seal of "ten thousand Old immutability" (bankofueki). We had suspended ten thousand created old roast with death of playing mountain, but it became late in the Edo era and came to be baked again in this way.

Some 260 years ago there lived a wealthy merchant, Nunami Rozan. He was a knowledgeable exponent of tea and was interested in pottery. In fact, the name Banko-yaki or Banko ware originates from pieces he made himself. He stamped them with bankofueki, or literally "eternity, constancy", hoping they would be handed down through endless generations after he was gone.


Edo Kiriko

Edo Cut Glass

Other Crafts

It is said to be opening that person called Hisashi Kagaya soldier of the Imperial Guard who ran vidro shop in large Temmacho of Edo in 1834 (Tenpo 5) put sculpture for the surface of glass mimicking cut glass made in the U.K.

It is said that the origins of Edo Kiriko date back to 1834 when a Kagaya Kyubei, who was working in a small glass works in Edo (Tokyo), copied a piece of English cut glass. It also seems that Commodore Matthew Perry, who arrived in Japan toward the end of the Edo Period (1600-1868), was very surprised when he was presented with a splendid piece of Kagaya's cut glass.


Kyo Yuzen

Kyoto Yuzen Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Dyeing technique reaches from the eighth century, and it is informed that freehand drawing yuzen was established in the Edo era by eshikyusakitomozen* of Kyoto. Popular kyusakitomozen* adopted own style of painting in design as Ougi illustrator, and "Yuzen process" was born in field of design dyeing in what we made use of.

Although dyeing techniques had existed since the 8th century, it is said that the yuzen technique of painting dye directly onto cloth was established by Miyazaki Yuzensai, a popular fan painter living in Kyoto toward the end of the 17th century. He introduced his own style of painting as a way of rendering pattern and this led to the birth of this handpainted dyeing technique.


Three states ridge-end tile industrial art object

Sanshu Onigawara Crafts


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.

Tokyo Kanagawa

Tokyo no dyed goods in the local area

Tokyo Plain Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

It developed in no dyed goods in the local area such as bluish purple, indigo plant, safflower, Edo tea used by craftsmen of dye house of the latter period during the Edo era as the origin. The feature is that we match colors by stack dyeing.

From the middle to the end of the Edo Period, dyehouse artisans in these regions developed the craft of plain dyeing fabric in Edo-violet, indigo, safflower red, Edo-brown, and other colors. The main feature of this dyeing style is its color harmonization achieved through repeated dyeing.


Tokamachi Gasuri

Tokamachi Ikat

Woven textiles

It becomes established theory that it is the early 18th century that cloth with splashed pattern technology of cotton crepe colonized.

It seems likely that Echigo Chijimi's ikat techniques became established during the first half of the 18th century. However, it was not until the latter part of the 19th century that they were used for weaving a silk cloth, after a warp ikat had been successfully perfected.


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.


Haebaru Hana Ori

Woven textiles

Haebaru Hana Ori is Woven textiles produced in Haebaru-cho, Okinawa after the Meiji era. Unique name and designs such as kuwankuwan flower texture, chippugasa, Kyan such as eight pieces exist in beautiful three-dimensional pattern like flower comprised of organization texture.


Takayama Chasen

Takayama Tea Whisks

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

It is in the middle of the Muromachi era, and thing which son of Takayama feudal lord made by request of Juko Murata who is the founder of tea ceremony does by opening.

The making of tea whisks began in the middle of the Muromachi period (1333-1568), when the younger son of the lord of Takayama was asked to make a whisk by Murata Juko, who had been instrumental in perfecting the tea ceremony. Thereafter, the production method was kept a guarded secret by the lord of the castle and his family and was carefully handed down from generation to generation.


Akazu Yaki

Akazu Ware


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.


Akama Suzuri

Akama Inkstones

Writing tools and Abacus

Akama Suzuri has record dedicated to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu at the beginning of the Kamakura era. We were extended the market in each place in the middle of Edo era.

Records exist showing that an Akama Suzuri was offered at the Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura at the beginning of the Kamakura period (1185-1333). By the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) these inkstones were being sold up and down the country.