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Traditional Arts and Crafts


Kaga Yuzen is one of Japan's leading artistic forms of textile dyeing. It is characterized by its realistic depiction of natural motifs, but the colors have a special warmth and character that go beyond more naturalism. Traditional techniques to produce various colors and deep tones, such as three-colored gradation, are still practiced today.

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Kanazawa Gold Leaf

Of all the gold leaf produced in Japan, 98% comes from Kanazawa. The unsurpassed skills of the Prefecture's goldsmiths are supported by an ideal climate and pure water just right for gold leaf making. Except for modern gold-beating machines, the techniques used are identical to those of the Edo Period.

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Wajima Lacquerware

These lacquerware items are representative of traditional Japanese lacquerware which are known for their sturdiness and elegant beauty. There are 100 processes required in finishing an item and each one is made carefully by hand. Besides traditional tableware and flower vases, interior items and display panels have recently come into popular use.

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 Kutani Porcelain

Kutani-yaki Porcelain is famous for its daring designs and elegant colors. It has been exported to foreign countries for about 100 years and has gained great popularity.

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Yamanaka Lacquerware

The major feature of Yamanaka lacquerware is the manner in which the natural beauty of the grain of the wood is preserved to the maximum. This requires great skills with the traditional revolving wheel saw.

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Kanazawa Lacquerware

This traditional lacquerware craft has been passed down since the Edo period. It features the creation of single unique pieces of tea ceremony, room furnishings and other high-class lacquered furniture items.

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Ohi Pottery

When the 5th Lord of Kaga, Maeda Tsunanori invited Senso Soshitsu in the 6th year of Kanbun Era (1666), the tea bowl maker Chozaemon also accompanied him to Kaga and opened a kiln with amber glaze technique in Ohi village. This is said to be the origin of Ohi Pottery. Most of the Ohi-ware products are bowls and 80% of these are Maccha tea bowls. Especially, the refined amber glaze which brings out the colors very nicely, gives the pottery certain warmth that goes well with Ishikawa's image of a snow-country. Ohi pottery is highly popular for its unique amber glaze.

Crafts:Ohi Pottery( External link )