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Izumo Ishidoro

Izumo Stone Lanterns


Sandstone which volcanic ashes produced in hometown hardened as for the Izumo Ishidoro, and was made was made from the times when it was old as uncut stone.

Izumo Ishidoro have been made for many hundreds of years from a local sandstone that formed from volcanic ash. During the Edo period (1600-1868) Matsudaira Naomasa, the local lord, recognized the value of this craft and placed the stone under a monopoly. The stone was then also used for architectural purposes. Ever since the end of the 19th century, the pieces of stonework for gardens and home have been seen as stone art and are well-known throughout Japan.


Hagi Yaki

Hagi Ware


In the origin of Hagi Yaki, we sail up in Terumoto Mori over the Korean Peninsula having gone back with local ceramist Shakuko Ri (rishakkou), brothers of sumomouyamai (rikei) with Hideyoshi Toyotomi 400 years ago.

Returning from a campaign with Toyotomi Hideyoshi on the Korean peninsular, the feudal lord, Mori Terumoto brought back with him to Japan two Korean potters, Li Sukkwang and Li Kyong. It was these two brothers who were responsible some 400 years ago for doing work, which marked the beginnings of Hagi Yaki.


Tama Ori

Tama Fabrics

Woven textiles

In area equal to current Hachioji, silk was woven from end of the Heian era, and there was Woven textiles such as Tsumugi Takiyama and Tsumugi Yokoyama.

Two silk cloths known as Takiyama pongee and Yokoyama pongee were being made toward the end of the 12th century, in the area of present-day Hachioji on the western edge of 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 Master 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.


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.


Yamagata Butsudan

Yamagata Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Because was in the middle of the Edo era, and came to trade safflower, of person from the Kyoto area became busy, and Household Buddhist Altars , culture of the making of Household Buddhist Fittings entered at Kyoto.

By the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868), the number of people travelling to and from Kyoto had increased because of the trade in such crops as safflower from Yamagata. As a result, Buddhist altar culture found its way into the area.


Kaga Nui

Kaga Embroidery

Other textiles

We were mainly informed by Kyoto Kaga Nui as decorations called French sublime decorations for Buddhist temple (we carry) such as shoulder-worn robes (this morning) of dashiki (we beat and spread), priest of Buddhist altar with propagation of Buddhism to the Kaga district early in the Muromachi era.

Closely linked with the spread of Buddhism in the area, embroidery was introduced to the province of Kaga from Kyoto in the Muromachi period (1392-1573) and was used for the decoration of such religious trappings as altar cloths and surplice worn by monks.


Kyo Kuromontsuki Zome

Kyoto Black Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

What the history of kokusen was very old, and sailed up until the tenth century, but was established as kokumonfusen in the 17th century is considered at the start.

Although the dyeing of cloth black has a very long history dating back to the 10th century, it seems that it was not until the 17th century that it became established as a recognized craft to include family crests.


Shogawa Hikimono Kiji

Shogawa Turnery

Industrial arts materials, industrial arts tool

At the end of the 16th century, driftwood business to send wood which Kaga feudal clan which ruled area around current South Ishikawa used using flow of Shogawa was begun.

At the end of the 16th century, timber used by the Kaga clan, which governed the area mainly in the south of present-day Ishikawa prefecture, used the Shogawa river to float logs down stream. This is how the handling of timber began and the logs were stored in a pool within the district of Shogawa-cho, which became the largest collection point for timber in the Hokuriku region.


Iga Yaki

Iga Ware


Opening dates back to the eighth century from the late seventh century. Earthenware vessel called earthen vessel is baked, too, and unglazed pottery for agriculture was made while it is the beginning, but is when tile of temple was made in the Asuka era.

The origins of this ware date back to sometime between the second half of the 7th century and 8th century A.D. At the time, a type of earthenware called sueki was being fired and in the early days, seed pots used by farmers were being made. Subsequently, however, it seems that temple roof tiles were produced.


Agano Yaki

Agano Ware


When Tadaoki Hosokawa became feudal lord of Kokura feudal clan in (1602) at the beginning of the 17th century, we invite Korean ceramist, and what let the whole families make ascending kiln in here Ueno does by opening.

Agano Yaki dates back to the 17th century, when Hosokawa Tadaoki, who became the feudal lord of the Kokura clan in 1602, invited a Korean potter to come to Japan and had members of his clan construct a noborigama--one of the famous ""climbing kilns--in Agano.


Ojiya Chijimi

Ojiya Ramie Crepe

Woven textiles

The history of hemp cloth in Ojiya is old, and trace of the texture is left to earthenware vessel thought to be last part of Jomon period.

The history of linen weaving in Ojiya goes back a very long time. A piece of pottery which is thought to have been made at the end of the Jomon period (ca.10000-ca.200 BC) has been discovered bearing the imprint of some woven fabric. Well suited to the climate of Ojiya, woven linen was valued highly and was presented to the Shogun.