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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Fukuoka

Yame Chochin

Yame Lanterns

Other Crafts

It is assumed beginning of Yame Chochin that thing about simple painting was made with simplicity called place lantern in the early 19th century.

It seems likely that Yame Chochin came into being sometime at the beginning of the 19th century with the painting of simple decorations on a rudimentary form of paper lantern. By the middle of the same century great advances had been achieved in the design, causing something of a revolution in their making. And, by the end of the century, lanterns occupied an important position within local industry.

Ishikawa

Kanazawa Shikki

Kanazawa Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Kaga feudal clan which had power in area around current Ishikawa in the Edo era laid emphasis on promotion of arts and crafts.

The Kaga clan, which held sway over the area now known as Ishikawa Prefecture, actively promoted the arts and many crafts. Kanazawa Shikki was just one of those and dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868).

Aichi

Nagoya Kiri Tansu

Nagoya Paulownia Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

As for the Nagoya Kiri Tansu, craftsmen engaged in construction of a castle of Nagoya-jo Castle approximately 400 years ago settle down in castle town, and it is said to be opening to have made chest or large oblong chest. When living and economy of people were stable, after national unification of Tokugawa shogunate government, production of Woven textiles increased rapidly, and clothes became rich, too. Functional, rational chest was necessary in substitution for previous cabinet with general people coming to get high-quality fabrics for kimono.

It seems likely that the making of this distinctive style of paulownia chest was begun in Nagoya by craftsmen who, having been involved in the building of Nagoya castle some 400 years ago, settled there and began making chest of drawers and chests.

Gifu

Ichii Itto Bori

Ichii Woodcarving

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

In last years of Edo era, we made use of beauty of the grain of wood using wood called yew of the mountains of Hida, and having roots came to be made with unique sculpture which did not touch color, and Ichii Itto Bori greatly grew up from there.

Ichii Itto Bori developed from small beginnings, when a woodcarver named Matsuda Sukenaga used a yew felled from the Hida mountains to make some rather special netsuke that were left uncolored and simply took full advantage of the beautiful grain of this wood. Since then, this craft has always been representative of the woodcarving done in the Hida region.

Hyogo

Banshu Soroban

Banshu Abacus

Writing tools and Abacus

Abacus was handed down to Otsu from the end, Chugoku of the Muromachi era via Nagasaki.

Coming first from China, the abacus was brought to Otsu from Nagasaki toward the end of the Muromachi period (1392-1573). It was during the following Momoyama period (1573-1600), when Toyotomi Hideyoshi sieged Miki castle, that the people of this small castle town fled to nearby Otsu, where some learned how to make the abacus. When they finally returned to their homeland, they began making what became the Banshu Soroban.

Saitama

Iwatsuki Ningyo

Iwatsuki Ningyo

Dolls and Kokeshi

It is event that the Doll's Festival and the Boy's Festival when are in the latter half of the Edo era are important, and is lively, and it is doll that played a big role there.

These dolls played a large role in the important and lively events of the annual Girl's Day and Boy's Day celebrations in the late Edo period.

Okinawa

Miyako Jofu

Miyako Fine Ramie

Woven textiles

-like, Funagadai where we put gift of Ryukyu on now 400 years ago encountered, and man of Miyakojima which just rode on place that almost sank jumped into the sea bravely and repaired broken place of ship and saved life of all her crew.

Four hundred years ago, a boat carrying Okinawan tributes was caught in a typhoon. A man, who happened to be on board from Miyakojima called Sugamayonin Shin'ei, heroically dived into the sea when the boat was about to sink and repaired the damage thus saving the lives of all the crew. Recognizing his bravery, the King of Ryukyu made him a monk. In return, Shin'ei's wife was overjoyed and lovingly wove a piece of cloth to give to the King, and it was this cloth that is said to be the origin of Miyako Jofu.

Okinawa

Tsuboya Yaki

Tsuboya Ware

Ceramics

In the late 17th century, Chibana kiln (Chiba companion) of Misato, treasure mouth kiln (takaraguchigama) of Shuri, *denkama (wakutagama) of Naha were unified in current Tsuboyacho by King of Ryukyu prefecture and were born.

In the second half of the 17th century, the scattered potteries of Chibana in Misato, Takaraguchi in Shuri and Wakuta in Naha were brought together by the King of Ryukyu and a new center was established in what is now Tsuboya.

Fukushima

Aizu Nuri

Aizu Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

What recommended that the whole families who had power in this district in the Muromachi era plant lacquered tree does by opening.

It was the planting of lacquer trees promoted by a powerful local family during the Muromachi period (1392-1573) that led to the making of Aizu Nuri. Then, when Gamo Ujisato who hailed from present-day Shiga Prefecture arrived to head the Aizu clan in the Momoyama period (1573-1600), he brought skilled lacquerers to this northern region from Shiga. Their skills were disseminated and as a result of fostering the development of techniques in crafts using lacquer, Aizu soon became a production center for all kinds of lacquer ware.

Ishikawa

Kaga Yuzen

Kaga Yuzen Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Beginning of Kaga Yuzen sails up to "umesen" (umezome) which is dyeing technique peculiar to Kaga. It is written down for documents that there has been already "umesen" in middle part of the 15th century.

The origins of Kaga Yuzen go back to a type of dyeing called ume-zome, which was unique to the area. This dyeing technique already existed in the middle of the 15th century and can be verified through written records. Besides ume-zome, other very old methods of dyeing called kenbo-zome and iro-emon are also part of Kaga's legacy of dyeing and went under the general heading of okuni-zome.

Niigata

Shiozawa Tsumugi

Shiozawa Pongee

Woven textiles

The history of Woven textiles of Shiozawa production center of Niigata is old, and our local hemp cloth (current fine linen) woven in the Nara era is stored in Shoso-in of Nara.

The history of weaving in the Shiozawa area is very long and an example of a linen cloth--now Echigo linen--woven during the Nara period (710-794) is preserved in the Shosoin Repository in Nara. The skills and techniques used to weave this linen cloth were adopted for the weaving of a silk cloth that became Shiozawa Tsumugi and was first woven during the Edo period (1600-1868).

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.