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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Oita

Beppu Take Zaiku

Beppu Bamboo Basketry

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

It is considered to be opening that product put basket for peddling on sale in the Muromachi era. In the Edo era, the name of Beppu Onsen spread out, and kitchen utensils which visitor of hot spring used during stay were made. As these came to be taken to go as souvenir, a lot of bamboo works came to be made and became local industry around Beppu.

The making of bamboo baskets for sale by travelling peddlers during the Muromachi period (1392-1573), marked the beginnings of this craft.

Tottori

Inshu Washi

Inshu Paper

Washi Paper

It is written down in "Engi era ceremony" (engishiki) written in the Heian era that Washi Paper was given to the Imperial Court by country of Inaba (Inaba) namely Inaba. It is done with opening as production center afterwards what it is Aoya-cho in the early 17th century, and was made as paper which feudal clan uses more in Sajison in the early 18th century.

The fact that the imperial court was supplied with paper from the province of Inaba (Inshu) is noted in the Engishiki, the Heian period (794-1185) document on official court dealings. By the beginning of the 18th century, the making of Inshu Washi had become centered on two villages and a paper for the exclusive use of the local clan was being produced.

Aichi

Nagoya Butsudan

Nagoya Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

It was supported by warm Buddhism faith, and, in this district where the skill made with Household Buddhist Altars grew early, specialty store has already existed early in the Edo era.

Fostered by a strong belief in Buddhism, the making of these altars developed early in the area and even at the beginning of the Edo period, specialist stores dealing in home altars already existed. Skills were collectively honed by the groups of craftsmen that were created after wholesale groups were established and traditional methods and techniques were cultivated.

Mie

Iga Kumihimo

Iga Kumihimo Braids

Other textiles

Beginning of Iga Kumihimo is old, and it is said that it dates back to the past in the Nara era.

The origins of Iga kumihimo braid are extremely old and may even date back to before the Nara period (710-794).

Fukui

Echizen Tansu

Echizen Tansu

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

After being manufactured from last part of Edo era, and having processed wood such as zelkova, drill by original armor-back held-flag technology, we give lacquering and make solid products to decorate by iron construction metal fittings.

Production began in the late Edo period. Zelkova, pawlonia, and other wood is processed using a unique joinery method, then covered in lacquer, and ornamented with metal fittings to create stately products.

Kyoto

Kyo Yaki - Kiyomizu Yaki

Kyoto-Kiyomizu Ware

Ceramics

Opening dated back before the Heian era, but grilled manufacturing began with building of Heiankyo in earnest. Thereafter Kyoto produces perfect gem with superior ceramist in sequence. Excellent ceramist called jinsei (result not to be similar) and Kenzan (kenzan) appeared in the 17th century, and Egawa (we obtain and do not shirr) succeeded in burning of porcelain in the 19th century and, in addition, master craftsmen and others such as tree rice (we put and are), maintenance (hozen), jinaya (not similar despise) were remarkable and played an active part.

Although this craft dates back to before the Heian period (794-1185), the making of pottery began in earnest when the capital of Heian-kyo (now Kyoto) was founded in 794. Since that time Kyoto has been the home to many famous potters and the birthplace of many fine pieces of work.

Okinawa

Shuri Ori

Shuri Fabrics

Woven textiles

Ryukyu kingdom of the 14th to the 15th century traded with with Southeast Asia and Chugoku flourishingly and learned technique of texture by the interchange. Ryukyu Woven textiles with various individuality that repeated time of the next several hundred years, and were brought up in climate climate of Okinawa was brought about.

Trade flourished between the kingdom of Ryukyu and China and South East Asia during the 14th and 15th centuries and weaving techniques were learned through these exchanges. Nurtured by the Okinawan climate and developed over the centuries, a number of textiles, each with their own characteristic traits, came into being. One of these was a cloth produced in Shuri.

Mie

Suzuka Sumi

Suzuka Sumi Ink Sticks

Writing tools and Abacus

We burn produced pine in crowd of Suzuka early in the Heian era and take oil smoke, and what harden it with glue, and made sumi is informed with opening.

The making of ink sticks here is said to have begun at the end of the 8th century, when soot was obtained by burning pine that was cut from the mountains around Suzuka. An animal glue was then added to the soot which was dried and used to make ink.

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.

Hyogo

Toyooka Kiryu Zaiku

Toyooka Willow Basketry

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Beginning of *yanagisaiko dates back until the beginning of the first century, and, in Nara Shoso-in magistrate in charge of managing the shogunate's private property, "Tajima domestic production wicker box" is still left.

The craft can be traced back to the 1st century AD, and there is a willow basketwork box, the Tajima no Kunisan Yanagibako, among the treasures held at the Shoso-in Repository in Nara.

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.

Tokyo

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.