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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Tokyo

Edo tortoiseshell

Edo Tortoiseshell

Other Crafts

Of tortoise shell original as for Edo tortoiseshell with shell of hawksbill turtle as raw materials laminate; industrial art object using technique. In the Kanto district of Edo period, article in Japanese dress is made flourishingly, and Japanese and Western accessories, glasses are made now.

Edo Tortoiseshell uses the shell of the hawksbill turtle and a unique technique to attach the pieces of tortoiseshell together. During the Edo period, accessories for kimono were produced in the Kanto region, and in the current day, acceccories for both kimono and Western clothing, as well as eyeglasses and other items are produced.

Toyama

Etchu Washi

Etchu Paper

Washi Paper

It is written down in ancient documents such as "Shoso-in documents" written in the Nara era about Ecchu country (etchunokunigami).

Written during the Nara period (710-794), reference is made to papers from this area in such ancient documents to be found in the Shosoin Repository in Nara. Further evidence of the long history of Etchu Washi can also be found in the Heian period (794-1185) document on court protocol, the Engishiki, in which it is recorded that paper was used to pay taxes.

Miyazaki

Miyakonojo Daikyu

Miyakonojo Bows

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Deer Shigeru Kojima is descending arbalest, and what was made flourishingly remains for record late in the Edo era. The Meiji era began, and next Kusumi parent and child who lived trained craftsman made with many bows from Sendai district. Early in the Showa era, it was in large production center where product was sold to in East Asia partly because we were blessed with abundant raw materials.

Closely connected with the history of Kagoshima, there are documents verifying that just after the middle of the 19th century, the making of Miyakonojo Daikyu was a thriving local craft and by the end of the century, many bow makers had been instructed in the craft by two generations of the locally residing Kusumi family. Blessed with plentiful supplies of locally obtainable raw materials, the craft developed and by the 1920s bows were being sold in East Asia.

Kyoto

Kyo Komon

Kyoto Fine-Pattern Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Beginning of Kyo Komon dates back 1,200 years before paper pattern becoming basics was made. When various silk fabrics were produced, after Onin War happened in the Muromachi era, crossroads ka dye in cherry blossom color and chaokusen developed, and there was Shokunincho of dyeing around Horikawa of Kyoto.

Kyo Komon dates back more than 1,200 years, when the all-essential stencil papers were first made.

Fukui

Wakasa Nuri

Wakasa Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

As for the Wakasa Nuri, craftsman of lacquering of Obama feudal clan located near Wakasa-wan Bay at the beginning of the Edo era got hint in technique of the making of Laquer Ware of Chugoku and we graphically designed state of the bottom of the sea and began. "Seaweed-patterned lacquering" (isokusanuri) was begun to knit by "chrysanthemum dust coat" (work pitch a camp paint) what repeated invention improved by this, and was born by pupil of the designer.

The making of Wakasa Nuri began at the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), when lacquerers of the Obama clan near Wakasa Bay started decorating their work with designs depicting elements of the ocean floor, having got the idea from techniques used in Chinese lacquer ware.

Kyoto

Kyo Butsudan

Kyoto Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Household Buddhist Altars was thing which varied from Buddhist altar (zushi) to, but was used as thing of samurai exclusively.

Household Buddhist altars were a variation of miniature shrines called zushi and were originally used exclusively by the warrior classes. It is thought that the production of ordinary household altars began in earnest with an increase in the numbers of people requiring one at the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), when the Tokugawa Shogunate introduced new religious policies.

Fukui

Echizen Uchihamono

Echizen Forged Blades

Metalworking product

When craftsman made with sword of Kyoto came over to this ground for land appropriate for sword production, around the beginning of Muromachi period, maridattato is said to be having made sickle for farmer nearby at the beginning.

When a swordsmith from Kyoto came to this area in search of raw materials at the beginning of the Muromachi period (1392-1573), it seems they made some sickles of the local farmers and this marked the beginning of forging in the area. During the Edo period (1600-1868) with patronage from the Fukui clan, blades made in Echizen were sold all over the country.

Yamaguchi

Hagi Yaki

Hagi Ware

Ceramics

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.

Wakayama

Kishu Herazao

Kishu Herazao

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Kishu Herazao is fishing rod for spatula crusian carp made with high technology of Rev. pole.

Kishu Herazao are fishing rods for catching crucian carp created by master rod craftsmen.

Kyoto

Nishijin Ori

Nishijin Textiles

Woven textiles

Because craftsmen gathered and did Woven textiles, the name called Nishijin was touched in place that the west military assumed Honjin after revolt at the time of Onin War of the Muromachi era. As the history of Woven textiles, it can date back to texture technology which was hung down by Hata before the Heian era. Nishijin Ori developed as leading figure of texture culture mainly on Imperial Court culture.

The name Nishijin was given to these textiles because weavers settled in the area which had been the headquarters of the west camp or Nishijin at the time of the Onin War. Lasting eleven years, these hostilities took place during the Muromachi period (1392-1573) from 1467 to 1477, when lords from many provinces divided into east and west factions.

Yamagata

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.

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.