5 Ways to Expand Your Trip Experience in Japan with Traditional Crafts
Last time you have already learned; “What are Traditional Crafts in Japan”, “What does it take for craftsmen to be certified as The Traditional Crafts Artisans”, and “How to see which ones are designated traditional crafts”.
Today, let’s talk about how to enjoy the world of Japanese traditional crafts.
5 things you only need to know about Traditional Crafts in Japan!
- WHAT ARE JAPANESE TRADITIONAL CRAFTS?
- DESIGNATED BY THE MINISTER OF ECONOMY, TRADE, AND INDUSTRY
- DESIGNATED BY PREFECTURE
- THE MARKS FOR YOU TO KNOW “THE ONEs”
- THE TRADITIONAL CRAFTS ARTISANS
As you learned, Traditional Crafts in Japan have to be mostly handcrafted. It means each artisan has their own tastes in their products.
When you go to the shops, we have a tendency to look at the items, not the producers. But to enjoy the world of traditional crafts, we would like you to recommend trying these things.
- Find your favorite Crafts
- Learn how these are made
- See the crafts made by different artisans & different areas
- Meet the artisans and ask questions
- Attend workshops
- How do you do that all?
1. Find Your Favorite Crafts
2. Learn How These Are Made
3. See The Crafts Made By Different Artisans & Different Area
4. Meet The Artisans and Ask Questions
5. Attend Workshops
THE EVENT YOU CAN MEET THE ARTISANS
It is always a great opportunity to meet and talk with artisans! Then being taught by the artisans is an extraordinary experience! Don’t you think? We will introduce one of our curator’s favorite events that take place in Takamatsu, Kagawa. It’s called “たかまつ工芸ウィーク (Takamatsu Craft Week)”. It takes place once a year. It says “week” but it goes on for a month.
The reasons why our curator loves this event are…
- Cultural Experience
- Workshop by local Artisans
in ONE GO.
Yes, our curator loves things like “2in1”, “One-go/One-stop” or “alternative”.
During this time, there are so many pop-up events and stores in different places in Takamatsu; the capital city of Kagawa. Everything to do with local traditional crafts.
To participate in the workshops you need to book in Japanese. Also, to enjoy & understand everything goes on, it is better to have Japanese & the local dialect.
If you would like to try participating in the event with a language assistant, send us a DM. Our head curator will be thrilled to show you around!
6. How do you do that all?
Did you know that we provide Language assistant service while you are staying in Kagawa or Shikoku, Japan?
Our curator who works closely with The traditional crafts artisans of Kagawa, speaks English & local dialects, and is from Kagawa, will assist you to find creative/cultural activities, workshops, and opportunities to meet artisans.
Our listed artisan: Takashi Morimoto
Takashi Morimoto is a certified traditional craft artisan of KUDE-SHOUJI, the Traditional Craft of Kagawa. We are very honored to be able to introduce his items to you. May we interest you in the 9 stories of his path?
THE 9 STORIES of
- Who is Takashi Morimoto?
- What does it take to be a certified traditional craft artisan?
- What is his craft?
- Born as the 3rd generation of the joinery shop
- Why was the mechanical engineering course?
- Marrying his muse
- Disappearing crafts
- Training new generation
- The Dream: One day…
His products you can get from us
These are just the part of what he creates. So, if you are interested in his work, himself, or what we can help you with, please contact us!