Introduction to our Traditional Crafts(4)

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Traditional Crafts

Wicker crafts
History and Special Characteristics It is said that wicker was originally used to fashion warrior’s bows during the Age of Civil Wars (1493-1573). By the late Edo period (1600-1867), wicker crafts began to be used for a variety of household objects. Due to its flexibility and sturdiness, many wicker craft products are used within the Japanese households today.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Adachi Ward, Taito Ward, Toshima Ward, etc.
Manufacture Tokyo Tou Jigyou Kyoudou Kumiai
Address Konishi Trading Co. Ltd., 1-30-6 Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0052
Phone Number 03-3862-3101
“Kiri-tansu” (paulownia chests)
History and Special Characteristics Kiri is a type of paulownia tree, and tansu is a chest in Japanese. When transportation methods were not yet developed, chests were made in large cities. Soon after, they became popular among ordinary people. Tokyo-kiri-tansu has excellent moisture-proof and fire-resistant characteristics, and its delicate yet tough structure makes it perfect to store precious items.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Arakawa Ward, Taito Ward, Adachi Ward, etc.
Manufacture Tokyo-to Kiri-tansu Kougyou Kyoudou Kumiai
Address c/o Hayashi Tansu Ten, 2-22-6 Futaba, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 142-0043
Phone Number 03-3782-1821
“Edo-shishū” (Edo-style embroidery)
History and Special Characteristics The oldest Japanese-style embroidery was found between the late 6th century and the early 8th century, and Buddha was embroidered on it. After the 12th century, the court nobles started to praise the gorgeousness of embroidered works.
During the Edo period (1600-1867), Edo-shishu (Edo-style embroidery) flourished and attracted great popularity among the townspeople as they wore embroidered outfits.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Adachi Ward, Shinjuku Ward, Koto Ward, etc.
Manufacture Tokyo Shishu Kyoudou Kumiai
Address 4-6-11-102 Iko, Adachi-ku, Tokyo 121-0823
Phone Number 03-5691-6230
History and Special Characteristics The history of woodcarving in Japan is said to have begun with the arrival of Buddhism. Mostly Buddha was engraved during the Heian period (794-1185). In the Edo period (1600-1867), woodcarvings were applied to architectural works. As Japan became westernized, furniture became to be decoratively engraved. The work is delicate, elegant, and neatly designed.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Taito Ward, Katsushika Ward, Adachi Ward, etc.
Manufacture Nihon Mokuchou Renmei Edo Mokuchoukoku
Address c/o Mr. Fukushima, 1-1-2-315 Nishishinkoiwa, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 124-0025
Phone Number 03-3691-7154
History and Special Characteristics Japan has a long history of metalwork, and the earliest works are from thelate 7th century. Metalworking is used for eating utensils, decorative objects, fashion accessories, and devotional objects. Metal works are sophisticated and stand out in dignity.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Taito Ward, Bunkyo Ward, Adachi Ward, etc.
Manufacture Nihon Choukinkai
Address c/o Mr. Ogawa, 3- 8-13 Wada, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0012
Phone Number 03-3381-9859
“Uchi-hamono” (forged blades)
History and Special Characteristics Uchi-hamono is forged blades, and they are one of Japanese traditional handcrafts. The tradition and technique were first developed during the Edo period (1600-1867), and it was passed down to today’s artisans. Their work is highly qualified and is valued highly for professional use. Many users are fond of the sharpness of Tokyo-uchi-hamono, and how this handcraft easily conforms to one’s hand.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Adachi Ward, Arakawa Ward, Taito Ward, etc.
Manufacture Tokyo Hamono Kougyou Kyoudou Kumiai
Address 2-26-18-101 Narimasu, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 175-0094
Phone Number 03-6904-1080
“Hyōgu” (hanging scrolls)
History and Special Characteristics Hyōgu is a scroll or long sheet of paper in which calligraphic art is hanged to display. The art and skill of hyōgu arrived form China along with Buddhism. In Japan, it was accustomed to fit people’s everyday lifestyles. Compared to other hyōgu, Edo-hyōgu are shorter in length, monochrome, and use relatively soft colors.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Ota Ward, Koto Ward, Taito Ward, etc.
Manufacture Tokyo Hyougu Kyouji Naisou Bunka Kyoukai
Address Room 402, Dai 2 Higashi Building, 4-10-14 Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0015
Phone Number 03-5826-1773
Shamisen, a Japanese elongated string instrument
History and Special Characteristics Shamisen originated from Chinese three-stringed-instrument. At the end of the 14th century, it was introduced from Yuan to the Kingdom of Ryukyu, which is now called Okinawa. During the 16th century, it was imported to Sakai city in Osaka and was used by biwa (Japanese lute) players for songs and dances. A single artisan is capable to make the entire shamisen, except the sounding board.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Taito Ward, Toshima Ward, Bunkyo Ward, etc.
Manufacture Tokyo Hougakki Shoukougyou Kyoudou Kumiai
Address Mukouyama Gakki Store4-1-17 Hirai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 132-0035
Phone Number 03-5836-5663