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Takaoka crafts a new tourism industry

Jun 9, 2018

Takaoka crafts a new tourism industry

by Mio Yamada

In the entrance of Nousaku in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, a group of schoolchildren skip by and point excitedly at an eclectic display of hundreds of brightly colored objects. Other visitors, meanwhile, look down in wonder toward the concrete floor, where a huge golden silhouette ...

Edo-kiriko: A cut above the average glassware

Jan 7, 2018

Edo-kiriko: A cut above the average glassware

by Mai Iida

For Ryuichi Kumakura, a 70-year-old cut-glass artisan, finding young workers eager to learn and preserve the traditional Japanese craft is the least of his troubles — showing them how to engrave exquisite pieces of glassware with precision is what matters most. Having a decent "business ...

Keeping up with the Joneses, Edo style

May 9, 2017

Keeping up with the Joneses, Edo style

by Yoko Haruhara

The Edo Period (1603-1868) is renowned for the flourishing of material culture — a time when major advances and innovations in Japanese folk crafts and design were prized by the burgeoning commoner class of Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Osaka. "The Golden Age of Mingei: Life ...