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Tokyo Ginki

Tokyo Silversmithery

Metalworking product

It was in the middle of the Edo era, and it was beginning of "Tokyo Ginki" that silverware craftsman called silversmith (we do and do Gane) and decoration craftsman called Master metalworking to make comb, ornamental hairpin, God interest (mikoshi portable shrine) metal fittings appeared as creator of cloth for instrument which profiler engraved.

This craft began during the 18th century with the emergence of three kinds of skilled workers of precious metals. First there was the shirogane-shi, who fashioned articles that were then skillfully chased by masters of this technique; and then there were skilled metal workers who made such things as combs, hairpins (kanzashi) and the decorative metal fittings for the portable shrines or mikoshi.


Otani Yaki

Otani Ware


There was order to do Nanjing, Karatsu (burning of porcelain) from (1780) Tokushima feudal lord in 1780 and hired a lot craftsman from Kyushu and made feudal clan kiln and started production of porcelain,

When the head of the Tokushima fief ordained that porcelain in the style of Nanking and Karatsu Yaki should be produced in 1780, craftsman were brought in from the island of Kyushu, a kiln was built and production began.


Unshu Soroban

Unshu Abacus

Writing tools and Abacus

It was in the latter half of the Edo era, and carpenter of Nitacho, Shimane made abacus which was wonderful as materials by willow oak, plum, soot bamboo produced in copybook on abacus which craftsman of Hiroshima made in this district.

Towards the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), a carpenter living in Shimane Prefecture obtained an abacus from Hiroshima made by a specialist and made a very good one using locally sourced oak, Japanese apricot and a smoked form of bamboo called susudake.


Ushikubi Tsumugi

Ushikubi Pongee

Woven textiles

The name of Ushikubi Tsumugi comes from the place name of Ushikubi-mura (current Shiramine-mura, Ishikawa) of the foot of Hakusan that is the straight production center. When defeated soldier Ohata of Genji which lost in revolt of terminal Heiji in the Heian era flees into Ushikubi-mura and held Yamashiro, we are informed by place that told women of village the skill so that wives of Ohata who went together weave plane (hata) because it was superior when it began. Description of "mo*so" of the early period of Edo era is beginning by documents. Is said that was sold to the whole country widely late in the Edo era, around 1935 of production peaked.

Ushikubi Tsumugi is named after a village called Ushikubi, which lies at the foot of Mount Hakuzan, where this fabric is produced. This village is now called Shiramineson and is in present-day Ishikawa Prefecture.


Niigata Shirone Butsudan

Niigata Shirone Household Buddhist Altars

Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings

It is in the middle of the Edo era and expert building temple called master of Buddhist monastery (do ding-dong) adopts skills and techniques from Kyoto and makes Household Buddhist Altars of Kyoto form, and what completed "unvarnished wood (shiraki) Household Buddhist Altars " which we put sculpture easy by hand of oneself for more does by opening.

A specialist, who was responsible for building a temple, introduced various skills and techniques from Kyoto to the area in the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) and made Kyoto style household Buddhist altars. He also made a plain wooden altar, carving it in a simple manner himself. This was to be the forerunner of Niigata Shirone Butsudan.


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 master of Household Buddhist Altars having made Household Buddhist Altars as materials with lacquer produced in pine, cedar, good timber and the foot of hinoki provided using transportation by water of the Yahagi River 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.


Tendo Shogi Koma

Tendo Japanese Chess Pieces

Other Crafts

When Oda feudal clan which ruled this district suffered from finance late in the Edo era, it does by opening to have recommended side job made with piece to low-class samurai to relieve it.

When the fortunes of the Oda clan controlling this area of northern Japan were failing toward the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), an attempt to improve matters was made by engaging lower ranking warriors in the making of shoji chess pieces, from which the craft developed.


Kumejima Tsumugi

Kumejima Pongee

Woven textiles

In the about 14th century, the weaving method to assume India the origin was conveyed by southern trade.

Originating in India, this method of weaving was introduced into Japan around the 14th century along eastern trade routes.


Inshu Washi

Inshu Paper

Washi Paper

It is written down in "Engi era ceremony" (engishiki) written in the Heian era that Washi Paper was given to the Imperial Court by country of Inaba (inaba) namely Inaba. It is done with opening as production center afterwards what it is Aoya-cho in the early 17th century, and was made as paper which feudal clan uses more in Sajison in the early 18th century.

The fact that the imperial court was supplied with paper from the province of Inaba (Inshu) is noted in the Engishiki, the Heian period (794-1185) document on official court dealings. By the beginning of the 18th century, the making of Inshu Washi had become centered on two villages and a paper for the exclusive use of the local clan was being produced.


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.


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 it is thought about with age of an emperor approximately 250 years ago Edo original style having been established. Hina 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.


Ise Katagami

Ise Paper Stencils

Industrial arts materials, industrial arts tool

The history of Ise Katagami is old, and, about the opening, there are various opinions. It is thought that there was form paper from place drawing senshokujin where illustrator of the Muromachi era uses form for "picture of many artisans" (shokuninzukushie) for last years in the Muromachi era.

Although the history of these stencil papers dates back a very long way, no one is too sure as to actually when they were first made. However, it seems likely that they were already in existence at the end of the Muromachi period (1392-1573) because a contemporary painter called Kano Yoshinobu, depicted someone using a stencil in a painting called Shokunin-zukushi-e.