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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
"These are custom-made Noh masks that are made to order.
They are very different from real women's faces, and one mask represents all the emotions in a Noh play, such as joy, anger, sorrow, and pleasure. We have commercialized these Noh masks, which are used only in Noh plays, with the hope of bringing them to people all over the world. All you lovers of ghost and monsters, why not display them in your rooms?
When did these crafts start to craft?：700 years ago / 1300AD / Kamakura period in Japan
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.
At the age of 22, he studied under Takano Yuikan. Since then, he has been active as a Noh mask maker in Kyoto for more than 50 years. He is one of the few Noh mask makers in the modern era who handcrafts all processes of Noh masks. Terai's Noh masks have been selected not only by collectors, but also by museums and Noh performers, and have long been used in events at temples and shrines throughout the Kansai region. We also sell Noh masks to the general public in order to introduce them to people overseas.
"First of all, you have to keep doing something with conviction, and by doing so, it will surely take shape."
Originally, I had no intention of becoming a Noh mask craftsman, but I just kept on doing "making things". Then I gradually gained recognition from the people around me, and here I am today. I believe that believing in yourself and continuing to do what you do is the best part of life!
Produced Japan's largest Noh mask 'Masume'
Held solo exhibitions in Canada, Germany, U.S.A., and other countries
Advisor to the Japan Noh Mask Art Association
Your Contribution to Craftsman
Due to the market structure (link for full articles are attached bottom), craftsman have not known who the customer is and how customer reacts to their work. We made a “Message to Craftsman” box at purchase page. We will deliver all message to every craftsman. Our review will be also shared to craftsman so please leave your comment and evaluation on review section!
Income for Craftsman: Craftsman get only less than 10% of selling price?
As written above, craftsman have not controlled last phase of sales channel that resulting in selling price is set by third-party without craftsman’s recognition. There are some cases that only less than 10% of selling price is given to craftsman. We promise with our customer / craftsman that we offer the fair trade with craftsmen in our contract!
We made an article about above problem and our challenge. Please have a read from below link
Current state of the Crafts Market / Benefits brought by Suigenkyo
Material & Caution
Each piece is handmade, so there are individual differences even in the same series. We hope that you will understand the change by handmade.
Please note that it will take about 4 months for delivery if we do not have the item in stock.