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japanese kimono doll Edo Kimekomi Ningyou
After creasing on the doll's body, kimono or whatever outfit that is suitable for the doll is printed on the wood grain. Kuramae, south town of Asakusa, is the area for traditional Japanese toys, also famous for hand crafts.
tokyo silver crafts Tokyo Ginki
The use of silver has a long history in Japan, with pieces found that date back to the year 916. By the middle of the Edo period the use of silversmithery was widely accepted among ordinary people. At present, Tokyo is a major production center for silversmithery, with products crafted from various methods, including plating, carving and inlays.
rope craftworks Edo Kazari Musubi
Thanks to China's rope craftworks, Japan has related masterpiece as well. Prawn, Turtle, Crane are represents of happiness. Crafts made by your own hands would be a treasure of your house. It is also good way to avoid aging along with Origami and Ayatori.
japanse traditional hairpins Edo Tsumami Kanzashi
Japanese traditional hairpins. Edo tsumami kanzashi has pieces of silk cut into shapes of birds and flowers to make the hairpins look decorative. These women's ornamental hairpins are used for the New Year, coming of the age ceremony, festival for children of ages three, five and seven, and dancing parties.
sudare bamboo screan Edo Sudare
Sudare is blinds made from natural bamboo. The main techniques of production were established around the Edo period, and there were even professional sudare makers. Bamboo's natural savor can be enjoyed in sudare.
new year's badminton racket Edo Hagoita
Hagoita is similar to a badminton racket, but used only on special occasions, such as the New Year's season. Some of them have beautiful Japanese women or kabuki actors painted, or sometimes embroidered on the boad.
kitchen knife, katana Tokyo Uchi Hamono and more about Knife
The tradition and technique were first developed during the Edo period, and it was passed down to today's artisans. Their work is highly qualified and is valued higly for professional use.
paper calligraphic art display Edo Hyogu
Hyogu is a scroll or long sheet of paper in which calligraphic art is hanged to display. The art and skill of Hyogu arrived from China along with Buddhism.@Up until Edo period, only rich can afford such interior in their own houses.
edo style treasure box Kiri Kimekomi
Both Edo style and Kyo style can be found in Asakusa. Life long treasure/jewel box.
cutting glass work Edo Kiriko
Kiriko is a cutting glass work established in the Edo era. Traditional Japanese symbols such as chrysanthemum and lattice are used for kiriko patterns.
paper lanterns Edo Tegaki Chochin
Bamboo ribs or metal wires formed into a spiral shape are used as the frames of Japanese traditional paper chochin-lanterns. Letters are painted in a calligraphic style called Edomoji, which is characterized by uniquely designed brushstrokes that create a balandes, eye-catching structure of each letter.
tortoiseshell Edo Bekko
Bekko, or tortoiseshell, has enjoyed great popularity for a long time. A variety of techniques were passed along during the Edo period. Tortoiseshell are used for glass frames as well.
japanese kimono handcrafts Wakomono
Small Japanese handcrafts made of Boro/Furugi (second hand textile). Used-to-be a great ryokan turned to be a wonderful traditional hand-made craft shop.
traditional furmiture Edo Sashimono
Sashimono are custom made furniture and cabinetry that are made without the use of nails. Samurai and merchants mostly used sashimono.
bamboo knitting Take-zaiku
Various bamboo knitting could arrange your interior design enriched. Ta-ke (bamboo in Japanese) products are specialized at Kondo shop on Kappabashi dougugai street.
wind bells Edo Furin
How to cool your life in Edo period? No air conditioning, no ice cream, but the sound of colorful glass that you can find between Ueno and Asakusa. Making your own glass-sound at the shop is fun. 50 - 80 minutes at JPY1,700. Your own design, your own shape, your own sound.
samurai sumo socks Tabi
Order made only to your foot (right foot and left foot). Sumo wrestlers make their own Tabi at this shop. Not far from the Sumo Arena in Ryogoku. Much better than Workman's shoes.
wood painting katsushika hokusai Edo Mokuhanga (Ukiyoe)
Wood carving with different color painting makes this wonderful masterpiece. Hiroshige and Hokusai are the most known in Japan. Let's travel along with 53 stations between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka (Toukaidou 53 tsugi) and let's view of Mt.Fuji 36 shots (Fugaku 36 kei).
brushes Edo Hake
These brushes were referred to as Edo Hake in books from the Edo period. Seven different types of brushes were introducted, including those for screen painters and dyeing. These brushes have played an important role in Japanese culture.
japanese finger doll Yubi Ningyou and more dolls
The craftman can make your own finger doll if only you could wait for 1 year! Shokichi has wonderful world in Yanaka, north of Ueno, one of the nostalgic area of downtown Tokyo called YaNeSen (Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi).
good luck cat ManekiNeko
Right paw for fortune, left one for peace? Or, are you looking for Cat Cafe, Neko Cafe, then this page and this page will do. Tokyo has several area in downtown where cat has their own world.
japanese pottery Tougei
In pottery class, you can learn basic to advanced skills of pottery. Also you can learn new and traditional techniques of coloring and drawing. Life should be "tough-the-ground" yes, let's live life along with zen-nature.
japanese stamp for signature Inshou (Inkan, Hanko)
Your own designed Hanko (Japanese stamp for signature) is available in Asakusa, kanji, hiragana, katakana and also in alphabet. Wood, stone, rubber, plastic, potato (^^)
japanese drum, taiko Taiko
Japanese drum with wood and leather. A 100cm diameter can buy Toyota car. Taiko Museum is located in the same building here in Asakusa. Khaosan, Taito Ryokan, Sometaro and Tokyo Ryokan on the same road towards Kappabashi avenue.
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