Traditional craft arts – the culture proudly presented by Toshima Ward, which continues to carry on the traditions and craftsmanship of Japan.

Traditional craft arts are embedded in their regions and have been developed along with lifestyles while being passed down for generations. Toshima Ward has various kinds of craft arts such as tegaki yuzen (a way of dyeing designs on fabrics by hand), kumihimo (thin silk or cotton strings that have been braided), lanterns, tortoiseshell works, wicker crafts, precious metal accessories, and shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese musical instrument).

Tegaki yuzen kimonosTegaki yuzen kimonos

KumihimoKumihimo

Traditional craft arts are an industry with a deep history developed in townspeople culture producing that rustic feel that handmade items do, excellent functionality, and daily necessities with a uniquely Japanese sense of beauty over a period of about three hundred years during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). Items handmade by craftsmen where modern sensibility is incorporated into traditional Japanese skills captivate all who use them.

LanternsLanterns

ShamisenShamisen

You can see demonstrations by skilled craftsmen up close at the “Toshima Ward Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition”, which is held every October. There are also workshops and sales of items. Experience craft arts that are rich in Japanese history and the craftsman spirit.

Dates: October 18 (Wed) to 20 (Fri), 2017
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. *until 5 p.m. on the final day
Location: 1F, Toshima Center Square, Toshima City Office