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.
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)
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.