Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

Feb 5, 2016

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glass-making, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death. Today’s glassblowers work with methane-fired furnaces, electric-powered kilns, good lighting and proper ventilation. ...

METI hopes 'Wonder 500' will catch on overseas

Aug 27, 2015

METI hopes 'Wonder 500' will catch on overseas

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The industry ministry Thursday unveiled 500 undiscovered fine goods from rural areas that they will target for overseas promotion. Japan’s regional areas have many specialities created by small firms that have the potential to become popular overseas. But it is difficult for them to ...

Small shops in Tokyo's Yanesen area keep crafts alive

Nov 6, 2014

Small shops in Tokyo's Yanesen area keep crafts alive

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Tokyo is home to many modern creations: high tech, animation, youth fashion. But in the small crafts shops crowding the area known as Yanesen, you can watch artisans preserving traditional crafts, or updating them. Yanesen, a combination of three neighborhood names — Yanaka, Nezu ...

Lacquerware's overseas journey into the arts

Jul 31, 2014

Lacquerware's overseas journey into the arts

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Rejuvenating the traditional lacquer industry was done by emulating international exposition models, and they sold well. At the 1873 Vienna International Exhibition, lacquer by Zeshin Shibata and Taishin Ikeda received progress medals.