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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Ishikawa

Nanao Butsudan

Nanao Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Words to be connected with the making of Household Buddhist Altars such as lacquer work tool and gold dust, coloring with thin gold leaf tool, gold silver foil were written in ancient documents.

Various words associated with the making of household Buddhist altars appear in an ancient document called Ofuregaki between 1613 and 1703. In one dating back to 1688, there is mention of maki-e-dogu, kinpun and kirigane, all things associated with maki-e decorative lacquer techniques or gilding. There is also a reference to silver leaf in the same document dating back to 1669.

Tokyo

Tokyo Some Komon

Tokyo Fine-Pattern Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Beginning of fine pattern can date back to the Muromachi era, but it is the Edo era, and it is after that fine pattern came to be dyed widely.

Although the history of this craft can be traced back to the Muromachi period (1392-1573), it was not until the Edo period (1600-1868) that cloth of this type was produced in any quantity. Stencil-dyed cloths were especially used for the kamishimo, a piece of formal dress worn by the Daimyo. These regional feudal lords were required to reside in Edo for long periods and the resulting increase in demand for this cloth made Edo the center of its production. Originally, it was only the Daimyo and samurai classes who wore garments of this cloth.

Fukui

Wakasa Meno Zaiku

Wakasa Agate Work

Semiprecious Stone Craftwork

What village, Onyuu (onyu) of current Wakasa, Fukui make crocodile way in front of Shinto shrine when the sea race called crocodile group believing in ball in land to have Shinto shrine of 1, Wakasa on in the Nara era (wanizoku) came to this ground, and did that we make ball there if we work is said to be opening.

Wakasa now stands in present-day Fukui Prefecture. One of the old villages of Wakasa was called Onyu and it was this area that was served by the main shrine of the province. Back in the Nara period (710-794), a sea-faring people known as the Wanizoku, who made jade the object of their faith, came to the area and built what was called the Wani-kaido, a road in front of the shrine. Here they started making jade objects and Wakasa Meno Zaiku is said to have begun at this time.

Niigata

Niigata Shirone Butsudan

Niigata Shirone Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

It is in the middle of the Edo era and expert building temple called master of Buddhist monastery (do ding-dong) adopts skills and techniques from Kyoto and makes Household Buddhist Altars of Kyoto form, and what completed "unvarnished wood (shiraki) Household Buddhist Altars " which we put sculpture easy by hand of oneself for more does by opening.

A specialist, who was responsible for building a temple, introduced various skills and techniques from Kyoto to the area in the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) and made Kyoto style household Buddhist altars. He also made a plain wooden altar, carving it in a simple manner himself. This was to be the forerunner of Niigata Shirone Butsudan.

Osaka

Osaka Butsudan

Osaka Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Because we let you call engineer together from Kudara of the Korean Peninsula and live in Osaka when Prince Shotoku built Shitenno-ji Temple, it is said that Household Buddhist Altars , production center of Household Buddhist Fittings were formed. Osaka unique superior production skills and techniques spread out to prefecture lower 1 yen with Buddhism spreading out afterwards.

Household Buddhist altars and other items associated with the religion were first made in Osaka by specialists who came from Paekche on the Korean peninsular, at the time that Shotoku Taishi built the Shiteno-ji temple in the late 6th century.

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.

Yamaguchi

Ouchi Nuri

Ouchi Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

When Ouchi who had power around current Yamaguchi in the Muromachi era pushes forward trade with Korea and Chugoku in the light times, as for the Ouchi Nuri, what we recommended as important export is said to be opening.

During the Muromachi period (1392-1573), Ouchi, who was a prominent figure in the area corresponding to present-day Yamaguchi Prefecture, promoted trade with Korea and Ming dynasty China. He encouraged the making of this particular lacquer ware for export and, although this trade finally died out, the skills which had been learned were carried over into the Edo period (1600-1868), and are still with us today.

Akita

Akita Sugi Oke Taru

Akita Cedar Cooperage

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Sheet, baseplate, handle which we used for pail considered to belong to the 15th to the 16th century are excavated from the remains of Akita Castle.

Elements of tubs dating from the 15th and 16th centuries have been discovered at the former site of Akita castle. Records dating from the beginning of the 17th century kept by one of the old families of the Akita clan, make it clear that tubs were being used at a sake maker within the present-day district of Ogatsu-cho.

Ishikawa

Kanazawa Butsudan

Kanazawa Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Beginning of Kanazawa Butsudan can date back until the 17th century.

It is possible to trace the origins of Kanazawa Butsudan back to the 17th century. What prompted their production was the sheer number of people who had been converted to the Jodo Shinshu in the Hokuriku region of Japan, after Rennyo-shonin, a Buddhist priest of the same order visited the area to spread the word.

Niigata

Shiozawa Tsumugi

Shiozawa Pongee

Woven textiles

The history of Woven textiles of Shiozawa production center of Niigata is old, and our local hemp cloth (current fine linen) woven in the Nara era is stored in Shoso-in of Nara.

The history of weaving in the Shiozawa area is very long and an example of a linen cloth--now Echigo linen--woven during the Nara period (710-794) is preserved in the Shosoin Repository in Nara. The skills and techniques used to weave this linen cloth were adopted for the weaving of a silk cloth that became Shiozawa Tsumugi and was first woven during the Edo period (1600-1868).

Saitama

Chichibu Meisen

Chichibu Meisen

Woven textiles

As for the origin, original in 1908 in the Edo era; "understand; acquired patent in textile printing" technique, and reached the prosperity.

This textile originated in the Edo period, and in 1908, the unique hogushi nassen dyeing technique was patented, and the craft prospered.

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.