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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.


Awa Washi

Awa Paper

Washi Paper

Record that people who served the Imperial Court called mourning tribe now approximately 1,300 years ago plant hemp and paper mulberry, and promoted production of paper and cloth is seen in book in the ninth century, and the history of Awa Washi begins here.

A 9th-century document confirms that the history of Awa Washi goes back some 1,300 years to times when a family known as Inbe serving the Imperial court, was growing flax and paper mulberry and producing cloth and paper.


Tosa Washi

Tosa Paper

Washi Paper

The name of Tosa Washi appears in "Engi era ceremony" (engishiki) written in the Heian era as presentation product.

Various kinds of paper for calligraphy, paper crafts, art papers and specialist papers to be used in the home are made under a name, which is mentioned in connection with paper presented to the court in an official Heian period (794-1185) document, the Engishiki. This has led people to believe that Tosa was already a center for the production of paper during this period.


Mikawa Butsudan

Mikawa Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

Beginning of Mikawa Butsudan dates back to the middle of Edo era. maridato is said to be good timber of pine, cedar, hinoki that Rev. Household Buddhist Altars is provided using transportation by water of the Yahagi River having made Household Buddhist Altars as materials with lacquer produced in the foot of Sanage (there does not seem to be monkey) in northern Mikawa at the beginning.

Mikawa Butsudan date back to the middle of the 18th century. It was then that a certain altar maker made an altar using good pine, cedar and cypress that was brought down the Yasakugawa river and finished his work using natural lacquer tapped from trees at the foot of Mt. Sarunage in the north of Mikawa.


Edo Sashimono

Edo Joinery

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

In the Edo era, Tokugawa shogunate government called many craftsmen together from the whole country and we made Shokunincho of Daikumachi, Kajicho, Konnyacho and, around Kanda, Nihonbashi, developed the manual industry.

Many skilled individuals were encouraged to live and work in Edo (Tokyo) by the Shogunate right from the outset of the Edo period (1600-1868), and craft industries developed as a result of the formation of enclaves within the districts of Kanda and Nihonbashi for such specialists as carpenters, smiths, and dyers.


Edo Sekku Ningyo

Edo Sekku Ningyo

Dolls and Kokeshi

Doll production of Edo began under the influence of Kyoto early in the Edo era, but, as for Edo's original style having been established, it is thought with Horyaku approximately 250 years ago. Doll and doll for the Boy's Festival were realistic, and, from this time, they became refined Edo-style figure. Doll culture of Edo met the golden age for the culture civil administration period that was in the latter half of the Edo era, and former decoration which we decorated outdoors early in the Edo era was decorated indoors, and Edo armor of precise decoration which made doll for the Boy's Festival and real armor model was made.

Edo doll production began in the early Edo period (1600s) due to influence from Kyoto, but the unique Edo style is said to have begun 250 years ago in the Horeki era.


Sakai Uchihamono

Sakai Forged Blades

Metalworking product

Gun, cigarette were transmitted by middle part, Portuguese of the 16th century. Because "cigarette kitchen knife" which ticked away tobacco leaves came to be made in Sakai in the latter half of the 16th century, and Tokugawa shogunate government gave Sakai seal of quality proof called "hallmark" and admitted monopoly, the sharpness and fame of Sakai knife opened to whole country each place.

Guns and tobacco were introduced into Japan in the middle of the 16th century by the Portuguese. By the end of that century, small tobacco knives were being forged in Sakai and the Tokugawa Shogunate awarded the forgers of Sakai a special seal of approval and guarantee of their quality.


Edo glass

Edo Glass

Other Crafts

It is industrial art object which developed as industry around Tokyo, and Edo glass is made with three manufacturing methods of "glassblowing" "blowing" "direct copy" mainly by Meiji Western type glass production technology that firstly was introduced in government control factory (Shinagawa glass factory) of Tokyo, Shinagawa.

Edo glass began in the early Meiji period when the Shinagawa Glass Works, a government managed factory in Shinagawa Tokyo, imported glass manufacturing technology from the west.


Nibutani atsutoushi


Woven textiles

It reached lawn Nagarekawa basin for a long time, and business with other areas was carried out as product of lawn Nagarekawa basin in the Edo era.

A tradition of the Saru River basin region since ancient times. It was used in trade with other regions as a product of the Saru River basin during the Edo period.


Honba Kihachijo

Kihachijo Fabrics

Woven textiles

In the old days, Norinaga Motoori left with "zururamukashi where the name of island called pseudo hachijo-silk was than that hachijo-silk".

It seems that the island of Kihachijo got its name from the Hachijo cloth, and the island was a supplier of silk right back in the Muromachi period (1392-1573). Since the middle of the 18th century, very elegant striped and checked cloths have been woven on the island, and these kimono cloths and obi still have many followers today.


Chibana Hanaori

Chibana Hanaori

Woven textiles

Skills and techniques already established in the late 19th century, and utchaki (jacket), tisaji (handkerchief) for sacred rites, do gin (life jacket), kimono were continued weaving with kind of fabric with a mosaic waving pattern thing which Chibana Hanaori woven flourishingly for a long time in former Misatomura (Chibana, Noborikawa of current Okinawa-shi, area of Hitoshi Ikehara) passed, and made full use of technique of floating Kaori after the Meiji era. They received crushing blow in World War II, but clothes of Chibana Hanaori are worn by traditional event (usudeku) to pray for staple grains abundant harvest and perfect state of health now.

Since ancient times, Chibana Hanaori has been woven in the former Misato-son (currently the Chibana, Noborikawa, and Ikehara regions of Okinawa City).


Miyagi Dento Kokeshi

Miyagi Kokeshi Dolls

Dolls and Kokeshi

After the middle of Edo era, it is informed that we were born as hot spring souvenir of the Tohoku district.

It is said that these dolls were made to sell to people visiting the hot springs in the north east of the country from the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868). Five kinds of traditional dolls are produced in Miyagi Prefecture itself, namely naruko kokeshi, sakunami kokeshi, toogatta kokeshi, yajiro kokeshi, and hijiori kokeshi.