Keeping up with the Joneses, Edo style

Art 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 ...

METI hopes 'Wonder 500' will catch on overseas

Business Aug 27, 2015

METI hopes 'Wonder 500' will catch on overseas

by Kazuaki Nagata

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 market ...

Lacquerware's overseas journey into the arts

Art Jul 31, 2014

Lacquerware's overseas journey into the arts

by Matthew Larking

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.