What is Kumihimo?
“Kumihimo” refers to a cord that is woven diagonally, unlike woven fabrics that are done horizontally and vertically. It is a practical gem with a wide variety of colors, elasticity, and durability.
What is Tokyo Silverware?
Metal crafts are made mainly in Taito, Arakawa, and Bunkyo wards of Tokyo. It is a craft in which silver is formed and finished by using traditional techniques are forging engraving and finishing process.
What is Cloisonne?
Cloisonne enamel ware is a decorative craft in which silver wire is set on a metal base and a glassy glaze is attached to the silver wire. There are two types of cloisonne enamel techniques: “wired cloisonne,” which uses the silver wire as the outline of the design, and “wireless cloisonne,” in which the silver wire is removed at the timing of applying glaze or not used from the beginning in order to create a fuzzy impression. Both of these techniques, which can only be seen with cloisonne enamel ware, fascinate people who see them.
What is Edo kumiko?
Kumiko is a delicate and sophisticated technique of assembling wooden pieces without the use of nails. The technique was developed in Japan in the Asuka Era (600-700 AD), and has since been refined and passed down through generations of craftsmen who are passionate about the tradition of Kumiko.
What is Bamboo crafts?
During the Heian period (794-1185), bamboo was widely used for building materials, weapons for hunting, and tools for farming and fishing. In the Edo period (1603-1868), bamboo craftsmen worked hard to deliver their works to the shoguns (Conqueror of Japan). Later, craftsmen who made vases for flower arrangement and ladles for the tea ceremony came to live in Kyoto, and the bamboo crafts in Kyoto flourished.
What is Kyo tsuzura?
Tsuzura, which came from China, was woven from wisteria and willow, and a near-original version has been preserved in Shosoin (Japan's oldest treasure house which was built over 1200 years ago). Later, when the technology for processing bamboo was established, they were made into rectangular shapes as places to store costumes. Today, it is used by sumo wrestlers, Kabuki actors, and other central figures in Japanese culture to store costumes, kimonos, and tea ceremony utensils.
What is Kiyomizu ware?
Kyo-ware and Kiyomizu-ware are ceramics produced in Kyoto. The difference between these two is the Kyo-ware refers to the whole ceramics produced in Kyoto, while Kiyomizu-ware refers to the ceramics in Kiyomizu area. In the early Edo period (1600s), main production was tea ceremony utensils. While mechanization has spread to other production centers as time has progressed, Kyo-ware and Kiyomizu-ware is that they are still made by hand. One of the characteristics of Kyoy-ware and Kiyomizu-ware is that many avant-garde artists have emerged, creating a variety of works that cannot be lumped together. There is no set style, and the free style boosted the popularity among the masses.
What is Kawatsura lacquerware?
Kawatsura lacquerware is a nationally designated traditional craft of Akita Prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan. The origin of the manufacturing process is said that people started to lacquer armor during the off-seasons of agriculture. In the Edo period (1603-1867), sales of lacquerware to other prefectures were permitted, and the craft developed by adopting various innovations, such as applying gold and maki-e lacquer. Today, the same techniques and unique characteristics of lacquer are used to produce a wide range of products that are "long-lasting" and allow the wearer to enjoy the "change over time" of lacquerware.
What is Noh mask?
Noh masks are masks used in Nohgaku, one of Japan's traditional performing arts. Nohgaku was once on the verge of extinction, but has been preserved as a traditional art form by the Emperor of Japan and has been handed down to the present day. Noh masks are a comprehensive art form that requires study of techniques from all fields of art, including sculpture, Japanese painting, metal forging, dyeing, and, in some cases, hair dressing and makeup.
What is Yamagata castings?
Yamagata castings are metalwork made in Yamagata Prefecture. More than 1,000 years ago, a shogun (Shogun is a title of the conqueror at the time) visited Yamagata Prefecture with a group of foundry workers who discovered that the sand and soil quality of the region was ideal for casting molds. Today, there is a town named "Copper Town" still known as the town of foundry workers, and it was also the site of the first industrial complex in Japan during the Edo period (AD 1600).
As you reflect on the intricacies unveiled within our videos and the stories woven through each creation, we hope you'll continue to carry the spirit of Japanese craftsmanship with you. Whether it's the delicate brushstrokes of a calligrapher, the intricate weaving of textiles, or the harmonious blending of tea leaves in a traditional ceremony, these crafts remind us that artistry is an eternal journey, one that transcends time and leaves an indelible mark on the soul.
Thank you for joining us in this celebration of artistry, heritage, and the manufacturing process that brings dreams to life. We look forward to continuing this voyage of discovery and sharing more stories of passion, dedication, and the boundless possibilities that arise when hands and hearts unite in the pursuit of craft.