Introduction to our Traditional Crafts(3)

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Traditional Crafts

“Sudare” (bamboo blinds)
History and Special Characteristics Sudare is blinds made from natural bamboo. It is known that sudare was used at the Japanese imperial court during Heian period (794-1185) because there are drawings of it in “Makuranosōshi,” an essay written by Seishōnagon. The main techniques of production were established around the Edo period (1600-1867), and there were even professional sudare makers. Bamboo’s natural savor can be enjoyed in sudare.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Edogawa Ward, Minato Ward, Taito Ward, etc.
Production Area Associations Tokyo Sudare Kougyou Kyoudou Kumiai
Address c/o Tanaka Seirensho Co., Ltd,1- 18-6, Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0031
Phone Number 03-3873-4653
Saraca cloth
History and Special Characteristics Saraca cloth is a type of printed cotton cloth, and it arrived from India during the Muromachi period (1336-1573). During the Edo period (1600-1867), a large number was imported from the Western countries. Dyeing patterns were duplicated, and professional dyers emerged. Saraca cloths’ depth of color and special effect are prominent
Principal Sites of Manufacture Shinjuku Ward, Toshima Ward, Arakawa Ward, etc.
Production Area Associations Tokyo-to senshoku-kougyoukumikai
Address 3-20-12 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0051
Phone Number 03-3208-1521
Yukata
History and Special Characteristics Yukata is an informal cotton kimono worn during the summer, and it originated from “yukatabira.” Yukatabira was made during the Heian period (794-1185); this unlined kimono was worn in and after bathing. During the Edo period (1600-1867), it was worn as bathrobes, and as outside casual wears in the later years. Nowadays, yukata is mostly worn at summer festivals. At present, chusen, a unique dying technique found nowhere else, is used to make Tokyo Honzome yukata and Tokyo Honzome hand towels.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Edogawa Ward, Adachi Ward, Katsushika Ward, etc.
Production Area Associations Kanto Chusen Kougyou Kyoudou Kumiai
Address c/o Tokyo Wazarashi Co., Ltd, 4-14-9 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 124-0012
Phone Number 03-3693-3333
“Wazao” (fishing poles)
History and Special Characteristics Wazao are fishing poles made from natural bamboo trees. Depending on the type of fish to be caught, wazao are made in various lengths and structures, and they are lacquer-finished, too. Jointed fishing poles were manufactured during the early 1700s, and a number of rare items have been manufactured since then.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Taito Ward, Katsushika Ward, Arakawa Ward, etc.
Production Area Associations Edo Japanese Pole Cooperative Association
Address c/o Saochu, 5-11-14, Minamisenju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo 116-0003
Phone Number 03-3803-1893
Edo Ishogi Ningyo (Costumed Dolls)
History and Special Characteristics Edo-ishōgi-ningyō is a general term used for the dolls displayed on girls’ ceremony in March and those displayed on boys’ ceremony in May. In Japanese, ishōgi means kimono wearing, and ningyō means dolls. These dolls originated in Kyoto, and they prospered throughout the Edo area in the early 1600s.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Edogawa Ward, Taito Ward, Sumida Ward, etc.
Production Area Associations Tokyo Hina-doll Industry Cooperative Association
Address Tosho Center Building 4th Floor, 2-1-9 Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0052
Phone Number 03-3861-3950
“Kiriko” (glass-cutting works)
History and Special Characteristics Kiriko is a glass-cutting work established in the late Edo period. In 1834, Hisabe Kagaya, a vidro craftsman in ōdenmachō, initiated the kiriko techniques by using powdered emery. The technique used today was innovated in 1882. Traditional Japanese symbols such as chrysanthemum and lattice are used for kiriko patterns.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Koto Ward, Edogawa Ward, Sumida Ward, etc.
Production Area Associations Tokyo Cut Glass Kougyou Kyoudou Kumiai
Address 2-9-6-101 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0071
Phone Number 03-3681-0961
“Hagoita” (battledores) with paintings of Kabuki actors
History and Special Characteristics Hagoita is similar to a badminton racket, but used only on special occasions, such as the New Year’s season. Some of them have beautiful Japanese women or Kabuki actors painted, or sometimes embroidered on the board.
Edo-oshie-hagoita is distinct from other Hagoita for having the paintings depicted on paper, which are then pressed on to the battledore.
As the townspeople’s culture flourished and ukiyoe artists’ business prospered during the Edo period (1600-1867), Edo-oshie-hagoita depicting Kabuki actors enjoyed great popularity. Edo-oshie-hagoita spread widely as Kabuki rose to its zenith. Today, they are used during the New Year’s season, and on a national holiday (March 3rd) to celebrate girls’ growth.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Sumida Ward, Koto Ward, Katsushika Ward, etc.
Production Area Associations Tokyo Hina-doll Industry Cooperative Association
Address Tosho Center Building 4th Floor, 2-1-9 Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0052
Phone Number 03-3861-3950
“Kacchō” (boy's ornamental armored dolls)
History and Special Characteristics Kacchō is an ornamental boy's doll wearing armor and is displayed on "Tango-no-sekku." Tango-no-sekku is a national holiday to celebrate boys' well being, and this annual festival has been held since the Edo period (1600-1867). The manufacturing process is complex, and metalwork, leather works, and kumihimo are used on kacchō.
Principal Sites of Manufacture Sumida Ward, Koto Ward, Bunkyo Ward, etc.
Production Area Associations Tokyo Hina-doll Industry Cooperative Association
Address Tosho Center Building 4th Floor, 2-1-9 Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0052
Phone Number 03-3861-3950

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