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8 Best Traditional Crafts to buy or experience in Japan! Kintsugi, Kokeshi, Japanese Paper...

If you want to see or buy traditional "Made in Japan" crafts, where should you go in Japan? On this page, I would like to introduce you to eight wonderful traditional crafts.  It is, for example, Kinpaku (gold leaf), Kintsugi repair, Kokeshi doll, Wagashi, Tsumugi etc. If you are interested in any of these crafts, please take a look at the articles and videos below. Kinpaku (Gold Leaf) In Japan, there are many traditional craft products using gold leaf. In Honshu city, Kanazawa, sweets containing gold leaf are also sold = AdobeStock If you go to Kanazawa, you can purchase gold leaf crafts = AdobeStock Gold foil is made by thinly extending gold. It is said that about 10 square meters of gold leaf can be made with gold of about 1 cubic centimeter. In Japan in the latter half of the 16th century when the samurai continued fighting, the leading Samurai generals made buildings, bowls, swords and the like using gold leaf as a symbol of power. Later, craftwork using gold leaf was made one after another in cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa. Even now, the production of craftworks using these gold leafs is continuing in Kanazawa City. Kanazawa City is a beautiful traditional city on the Japan Sea side in central Honshu. This is suitable for producing gilt because it is kept relatively high humidity throughout the year than in other areas. Kanazawa is also a producing place of craft using noises. As seen in the above picture, gilded leaf is often ...

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Harmony of Tradition & Modernity (1) Tradition! Geisha, Kabuki, Sento, Izakaya, Kintsugi, Japanese swords ...

In Japan, a lot of traditional old things have remained. For example, they are temples and shrines. Or they are competitions such as Sumo, Kendo, Judo, Karate. There are lots of unique facilities such as public baths and pubs amongst the cities. In addition, there are various traditional rules in people's lifestyle. It is one of the major characteristics of Japanese people to respect tradition. On this page, I will introduce a part of those traditional ones. Traditional Japanese culture Geisha A Japanese geisha performs for a public event at a shrine in Kyoto = shutterstock Geisha is a woman who hospitals guest at the banquet by Japanese dance and Japanese songs. In modern Japan almost no longer exists, but still in Kyoto. In Kyoto, Geisha is called "Geiko". There are people who misunderstand the geisha as a woman selling herself. Geisha are quite different from women of that type. On the contrary, Geisha has acquired various cultures in addition to Japanese dance. They can entertain the wealthy guests with advanced education. "Maiko" is a young woman training in Kyoto, aiming at Geiko. They are in Gion. If you walk in the traditional street of Gion, you will be able to see those walking with beautiful kimonos. The performance of the Geiko is held like the above video in April every year. You can enjoy a wonderful stage there. Kabuki Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama which continues from the beginning of the 17th century. The person who created Kabuki was a legendary woman named ...

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