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Messages from the
"WANOBI-Beautiful Japan" Team

Yuko Sangu-Executive Director
I hope that this website, Japan-artisans.com, becomes well known internationally and consequently highlights these artisans. Furthermore, I hope that WANOBI’s website becomes a gateway to traditional Japanese culture.
Jumpei Tsujioka-Director
This is an invaluable opportunity to step into a new world which we don’t normally come across in the course of our daily lives. It is also a way to seek out our cultural identity as Japanese.
Soyu Tsutsui-Director
Through the WANOBI project I have been able to meet some wonderful like-minded people and art patrons who want to promote these outstanding Japanese artisans. I truly enjoy working with them.
Glenn Brown-Director
The WANOBI project has given me the extraordinary opportunity to go deep into Japanese culture and to not only learn about Japanese artisans but also to actually meet the artisans engaged in keeping this culture alive. I hope this website gives many people the chance to experience the same as I have.
Ichiro Mori-Project Accountant
I was able to meet non-Japanese people who are interested in Japanese culture, and it has made me realize how little I know about my own country.

Japanese artisans are living testaments to historical Japan as the methods used to create their work have remained unchanged for centuries. By featuring them here we hope to re-ignite interest in them and their work so that these artisans will once again flourish and their traditions will live on.

Traditional Japanese handcrafts have developed with the foremost objective being to express gratitude for the blessings of nature such as wood, bamboo, stone or rock, cotton, and silk, which are used in their production. It is truly outstanding and unique art in the sense that these natural materials are consumed to the fullest without wasting the tiniest piece.

We hope that by learning about the traditional techniques used by these artisans you may gain some insights into Japanese culture. And perhaps you may also discover something beautiful and delightful that you never knew existed.

日本では何世紀にもわたって受け継がれた手仕事による工芸品が多数存在します。職人たちは私たちの身の回りにある木・竹・石や岩・綿・絹などの天然の素材を余すことなく生かすことによって、自然の恵みに感謝の気持ちを表してきました。
ここで彼らのストーリーとその作品を紹介することで、伝統工芸への関心が再び高まり、こうした職人たちの仕事が理解され、生き続けることを願っています。

日本伝統文化の英語表現事典

2020年9月30日発行

日本伝統文化の英語表現事典【人物編】

亀田 尚己 (著), 三宮 優子 (著), 中道 キャサリン (著)
日本文化に大いに貢献した人物を古代(飛鳥時代)から中世、近世、近代まで幅広く全時代から厳選し、その人物の生い立ちから功績までを解説。明瞭な日本語解説と経験豊富な英国人翻訳家による平易な英語表現で中学生から読みこなせる。日本文化に貢献した人物(史跡)を海外または日本在住の外国人に説明する際にもたいへん役立つ内容。好評書『日本伝統文化の英語表現事典』の姉妹編。東洋文化研究者アレックス・カー監修。

日本伝統文化の英語表現事典【人物編】

日本伝統文化の英語表現事典

2018年6月29日発行

日本伝統文化の英語表現事典

亀田 尚己 (著), 三宮 優子 (著), 中道 キャサリン (著), WANOBI 和の美 (その他)
日本を訪れる旅行客は年々増加し、日本特有の文化を欧米人に英語で紹介する機会が増大している。日本文化を外国人に紹介するための最善の方法として日本の伝統工芸品とその製作者である「匠(職人)の技」に着目し、それらの紹介を通して日本の伝統文化の特色とその簡潔な英文説明で内容構成する。

The Quick Guide to Traditional Japanese Arts and Handicrafts Japan has many examples of tangible and intangible cultural heritage registered with UNESCO. The Japan Tourism Agency figures show that the number of visitors to Japan is increasing year on year. In addition to sightseeing, we hope that visitors will take a step further to knowledge and understanding of Japan during their stay.

日本伝統文化の英語表現事典