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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Gifu

Mino Washi

Mino Paper

Washi Paper

Because record that family register paper of the Nara era was Mino Washi remains in "Shoso-in document", it is thought that beginning of Mino Washi is the Nara era.

It is thought that Mino Washi dates back to the Nara period (710-794), because records at the Shoso-in Repository show that it was used for a census during the 8th century. By the Muromachi period (1392-1573) the Rokusaiichi paper market was being held. This was set up by the locally influential Toki Nariyori and Mino Washi were shipped to Kyoto, Osaka and Ise, making it one of the best known papers of its times.

Shizuoka

Suruga Hinagu

Suruga Hina Doll Fittings

Dolls and Kokeshi

Suruga Hinagu has been already produced in the times when Imagawa was daimyo of Suruga of Totomikuni in the 16th century. We applied high technique introduced triggered by climate that was warm high humidity and building of Kuno mountain Toshogu and Asama Shinto shrine from the whole country, and the making of ingredients hina as field developed for one minute of the making of Laquer Ware which we settled in in the Edo era.

Paraphernalia for the Hina Matsuri or doll festival was already being produced in Suruga in the 16th century when Imagawa was feudal lord of this province that corresponds to present-day Shizuoka Prefecture. With the construction of Kunosan Toshogu shrine and the Asama Shrine, many advanced craft techniques were introduced from all over the country and the production of Hina paraphernalia developed as part of the lacquer ware industry which, benefiting from the warm humid climate of the area, became established during the Edo period (1600 -1868).

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

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.

Okinawa

Yaeyama Minsa

Yaeyama Minsaa

Woven textiles

Because we come from Afghanistan through Chugoku, and, in the early 16th century of the King prefecture era, use of cotton cloth (mincer) is written down,

There are records confirming that a cotton cloth or minsaa which had originated in Afghanistan and had been brought to the Ryukyus from China was in use at the beginning of the 16th century at the Ryukyu court. It seems fairly certain, therefore, that minsaa was already being woven in the Yaeyama area about this time. The name minsaa is derived from min meaning cotton and saa meaning narrow band.

Fukushima

Oku-aizu Showa Karamushi fabric

Oku-Aizu Showa Karamushi Textiles

Woven textiles

It is plant which is called ramie, and we pick quarrel with, doing hands down cultivation technology from ancient times.

Karamushi is a plant also known as ramie, whose cultivation techniques have been passed down since olden times. All processes from cultivation up to weaving karamushi are done by hand in Showa Village where it is cultivated to produce fine linen textiles. Due to its superior moisture absorption and quick drying properties, it is used not only for making summer clothing, but also for making accessories, ornaments, and other articles.

Wakayama

Kishu Tansu

Kishu Paulownia Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Late in the Edo era, the castle towers of Wakayama Castle were burnt down by thunderbolt, and many tools have become ash.

At the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), the tower of Wakayama Castle was destroyed when it was struck by lightening and much of the furniture was burnt to ashes. Records show that when the castle tower was rebuilt four years later, the chests and other cabinets, which had been lost in the fire, were remade. Further more, old books and chests dating back to the mid-19th century have also been discovered in town houses all over Wakayama Prefecture.

Tokyo

Edo Karakami

Edo Decorative Papers

Other Crafts

The karakamino source dated back to draft of tanka writing paper which transcripted 31-syllable Japanese poem of the Heian era, but came to be put on sliding paper-door or screen the Middle Ages later. Demand increased and accomplished original development while town planning of Edo by Tokugawa shogunate government advanced in the Edo era.

The origin of these decorative papers dates back to a type of paper used during the Heian period (794-1185) to write out the traditional style of poem called a waka. Nevertheless, it was not until the Middle Ages that decorative papers were applied to free-standing screens and were stretched over the sliding screens called fusuma dividing interior space.

Kagawa

Marugame Uchiwa

Marugame Round Fans

Other Crafts

Tan-painted round fan with Marukin mark was devised as souvenir of visit to Konpira Shrine (kompira) of Shikoku.

This type of coated, ridged fan with a round gold seal on it was devised a something pilgrims going to the well-known temple of Konpira on the island of Shikoku could buy. During the 18th century, the Marugame clan made their production a part-time job for clan warriors and this became the foundation of today's craft. At present, almost 90% of all round fans made in Japan are produced in the area.

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.

Okinawa

Yonaguni Ori

Yonaguni Fabrics

Woven textiles

Yonagunijima is island of border at the westernmost tip of Japan. The history of Woven textiles born in this island is old, and it is thought that there is the history of about 500 years from old documents.

Situated on the extreme western boundary of Japan, records show that weaving on Yonaguni Island dates back some 500 years, and cloth was already being paid as a tax during the 1520s. During the difficult times after World War II, fishing nets were unraveled to provide yarn for this cloth, which is still woven by the women, who devote so much time producing this cloth that is very representative of the island's natural environment.

Nagasaki

Nagasaki tortoiseshell

Other Crafts

Nagasaki tortoiseshell is industrial art object produced around Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki, Isahaya-shi after the Edo era. They adjust carefully, and they feature minute, precise technique, and not only accessories such as hair ornaments but also big game products such as the Treasure Ship are made of manual labor with thickness or hue.