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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Nagano

Shinshu Uchihamono

Shinshu Forged Blades

Metalworking product

At the time of Kawanakajima battle happened in the late 16th century, it is said to be opening that we go back and forth in this district, and people of village learned technique of Kaji from craftsman of the making of knife which we repaired of arms, swords.

The origins of forged blades in this area go back to the second half of the 16th century, to the time of the Kawanakajima battles. It was at this time that swordsmiths and others making and repairing weapons moved into the area and the local people learned forging skills.

Kyoto

Kyo Butsugu

Kyoto Buddhist Paraphernalia

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

It is thought that the production was begun as for the Household Buddhist Fittings in Kyoto in figure Saicho in peaceful Buddhism belonging to characteristic, the about eighth century in the times of the empty sea.

It is conceivable that the various pieces of paraphernalia associated with Buddhism were first produced in Kyoto around the 8th century, when the monks Saichou and Kukai were exerting their influence on Heian Buddhism.

Kyoto

Kyo Kanoko Shibori

Kyoto Kanoko Shibori

Dyed Textiles

Tie-dyeing was performed for some time in Japan for one thousand several hundred years and has been used as pattern expression of Imperial Court clothes.

Shaped resist tie-dyeing, or shibori has been carried out for over a thousand years in Japan and was used for the patterns on court dress. It is known as kanoko shibori, or literally "fawn spot tie-dyeing" because of its resemblance to the spots on a young fawn.

Aichi

Arimatsu Narumi Shibori

Arimatsu Narumi Shibori

Dyed Textiles

Technique itself of shibori is thing which began in the Nara era, but it is the time at the beginning of the Edo era that Arimatsu Narumi Shibori was begun.

Although the sophisticated technique of tie-dyeing called shibori itself dates back to the Nara period (710-794), the history of the craft here only goes back some 400 years, to when the feudal lord from the province of Bungo--now Oita Prefecture--was ordered to assist in the building of Nagoya castle.

Wakayama

Kishu Shikki

Kishu Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Group of woodworkers of the neighborhood of current Shiga settled down in this ground for the age of civil strife from the Muromachi era and began production of wooden bowl of tree to bare wood with rich Kishu hinoki.

Wood turners settled in the vicinity of present day Shiga Prefecture during the Muromachi period (1392-1573) and the turbulent times before the end of the 16th century. These craftsmen started making wooden soup bowls using the plentiful supplies of Japanese cypresses (Chamaecyparis Spach) found locally. This led to the production of shibujiwan bowls, which were primed with the tannin-rich juice extracted from persimmons.

Kanagawa

Kamakura Bori

Kamakura Carved and Lacquered Ware

Laquer Ware

When denomination of Buddhism called Zen Buddhism came from Chugoku in the Kamakura era, much art industrial art objects have been imported together.

When Zen Buddhism was introduced from China during the Kamakura period (1185-1333), many arts and crafts were imported at the same time. Sculptors of Buddhist images and carpenters who built temples and shrines were influenced by examples of carved lacquer ware called tsuishu and tsuikoku that were amongst these Chinese imports.

Kyoto

Kyo Ishi Kogeihin

Kyoto Stone Carving

Stonework

Stone and relationship with human life begin distantly from the Stone Age. It was in the latter half of the Nara era, and stone culture was born by transmission of Buddhism.

Although man's relationship with stone began long ago in the Stone Age, it was not until the end of the Nara period (710-794) when Buddhism was introduced into Japan that stone became more than just a utilitarian material.

Niigata

Tsubame Tsuiki Doki

Tsubame Beaten Copperware

Metalworking product

It is said that copper utensil business of swallow district began from place where jackleg of Sendai conveyed the technique in the middle of Edo era. Using copper produced from local Yahiko mountain, kettles were produced.

Beaten copper work really began in the Tsubame area during the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) when specialists from Sendai in present-day Miyagi prefecture come to the area and passed on their skills. Kettles were some of the first articles made using copper from a locally mined source.

Ibaraki

Makabe Ishidoro

Makabe Stone Lanterns

Stonework

Because granite (cancer to surround) of good quality is produced in the Makabe, Ibaraki district, we process stone as life tool for a long time and use.

Good quality granite found in the Makabe area of Ibaraki Prefecture has been used to make a variety of useful articles since ancient times. The actual working of stone in the area began around the end of the Muromachi period (1333-1568) with the making of Buddhist stone articles around Nagaoka in Makabe-cho.

Yamagata

Oitama Tsumugi

Oitama Pongee

Woven textiles

Beginning of Oitama Tsumugi dates back to the early eighth century. Firstly the system as production center was set in what Kagekatsu Uesugi of feudal lord recommended in the Edo era.

While dating back to the 8th century, the weaving of this cloth did not become firmly established in this area of Yamagata Prefecture until the beginning of the 17th century. This was when Uesugi Keisho, the lord of the fief, encouraged its weaving.

Tottori

Yumihama Gasuri

Yumihama Ikat

Woven textiles

In bow ga Hamachi of West Tottori, production of cotton as private use that used sandy area in the latter half of the 17th century began. Production of cotton which was fiber which assumed cotton raw materials in middle part in the 18th century when wholesale dealer of blue beryl which became the cause of dye was established increased.

The cultivation of cotton for home use on the sandy soil in the area of Yumigahama in the western part of Tottori Prefecture started in the latter half of the 17th century. When wholesalers of the indigo balls used for dyeing became established in the middle of the 18th century, cotton production for cloth increased.

Nagano

Nagiso Rokuro Zaiku

Nagiso Turnery

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

According to the old documents of Nagiso-machi, beginning of Nagiso Rokuro Zaiku is the early 18th century.

According to an old document found in Nagiso, turnery began here sometime during the first half of the 18th century, when unfinished forms for trays and bowls were being sent to Nagoya and Osaka. For this to happen, it must be assumed that lathes were first turning sometime before.