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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Iwate

Nambu Tekki

Nambu Cast Ironwork

Metalworking product

The beginning of 17th century, it does by opening that southern part feudal clan which ruled area around current Morioka-shi, Iwate invited teakettle craftsman to Morioka from Kyoto.

Present-day Morioka is at the center of an area which was controlled by the Nambu clan at the beginning of the 17th century. It was then that craftsmen practiced in the art of making chagama or pots used to heat water for the tea ceremony were invited to Morioka from Kyoto. Many more casters were subsequently engaged by the clan and the production of weapons, chagama , and other pots began in earnest.

Toyama

Inami Chokoku

Inami Woodcarving

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

When carpenter of Inami who had extremely high technique rebuilt the main hall of a Buddhist temple of temple destroyed by fire in middle part of the 18th century, it is done with opening that we were informed by order engraver dispatched from Kyoto technique of sculpture.

When the highly skilled carpenters of Inami were rebuilding the main worship hall at Zuizenji temple after it had been destroyed by a fire in the middle of the 18th century, some woodcarvers with official patronage were dispatched from Kyoto to help with the work and it is thought that the carving techniques they passed on to the local carpenters marked the beginnings of woodcarving here.

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.

Okayama

Katsuyama Take Zaiku

Katsuyama Bamboo Basketry

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Katsuyama Take Zaiku begins in 19 turns of the century, and it may be said that form as production center was regulated well in last years of Edo era.

Essentially speaking, Katsuyama Take Zaiku started at the beginning of the 19th century but became an established area of production at the end of the Edo Period (1600-1868), when baskets known as harisouke were made. These are thought to be associated with souke and meshizouke baskets that are still being made today and form the main bulk of production, which maintains the standards of a practical craft product throughout.

Kyoto

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 one's 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.

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

Echigo Yoita Uchihamono

Echigo Yoita Forged Blades

Metalworking product

For the age of civil strife, vassal of Kenshin Uesugi invites craftsman than Kasugayama made with sword in the latter half of the 16th century, and what made dajimbutsu does by opening.

The making of Echigo Yoita Uchihamono dates back to the Sengoku period (1428-1573) of unrest. It was then that warring feudal lords who fought alongside Uesugi Kenshin encouraged swordsmiths from Kasugayama into the area and these skilled men began making various kinds of forged blades.

Kumamoto

Yamaga Toro

Yamaga Toro

Other Crafts

There is, but, as for the origin, it is performed various opinions of surely with the mid-17th century being able to sail up.

There are many stories about the origin of this craft, but it is known to date back to the mid-17th century.

Niigata

Murakami Kibori Tsuishu

Murakami Carved and Lacquered Ware

Laquer Ware

Murakami district of Niigata is known as the natural lacquered production ground widely from the Heian era.

The Murakami area of Niigata Prefecture has been well known since the Heian period (794-1185) as a natural lacquer producing area. Using this refined sap, Murakami Kibori Tsuishu dates back to the beginning of the 15th century.

Ishikawa

Kanazawa Shikki

Kanazawa Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Kaga feudal clan which had power in area around current Ishikawa in the Edo era laid emphasis on promotion of arts and crafts.

The Kaga clan, which held sway over the area now known as Ishikawa Prefecture, actively promoted the arts and many crafts. Kanazawa Shikki was just one of those and dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868).

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.

Iwate

Hidehira Nuri

Hidehira Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

We had our own way with power and financial power in Hiraizumi-cho, Iwate for last years of the Heian era, and, with Oshu Fujiwara who brought Buddhist art including Chuson-ji gold temple (chusonjikonjikido) on this ground, Hidehira Nuri was begun.

This lacquer craft really began when Ohshu Fujiwara wielded power over Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture toward the end of the Heian period (794-1185). It was he who lent this support to the building of the temple, Chusonji with its famous Konjikido and many fine pieces of Buddhist art in general.