Yoshinobu & Yusuke Yabe | Inden Yabe
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Yoshinobu and Yusuke Yabe, a father & son, are a producer of inden, a traditional craft of deerskin with patterns stenciled on the surface with colored “urushi.” It is said that the technique was transferred to Japan from India about 400 years … Read More

Katsutoshi & Kenji Matsuura | Matsuura Sandblast
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Katsutoshi and Kenji Matsuura, a father & son, are both recognized as a supreme traditional craftsman by the city of Katsushika for their outstanding skill and craftsmanship in engraving glasses. Matsuura applies a sandblasting technique, a unique method to engrave glasses. … Read More

Kimiaki Kono | Sangenshi Kikuoka
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Kimiaki Kono is a mastery of producing shamisen; a traditional Japanese three-stringed musical instrument played with a plectrum called a bachi. Born in 1958, Kono entered the world of shamisen production after the graduation of a university, becoming a disciple of a … Read More

Kozo Yada | Yada Katagami Ten
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Kozo Yada is the third generation of traditional craftsman specialized in cutting paper patterns for dyeing kimono. The technique is called “katabori”, cutting out a design from a special paper (“katagami”), treated with astringent persimmon juice, made with three sheets … Read More

Tomiharu Yanagi | Yanagi Art
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Tomiharu Yanagi is an award-winning artist of chalcography (copper plate engravement) specialized in a reproduction of historic Buddhist paintings. Born in 1938, he started his career as a worker in a toy manufacturing company in Tokyo where he learned the profound knowledge and skill … Read More

Katsushika City Guide
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A CLUSTER OF CRAFTSMEN Katsushika has been a cluster for various kinds of traditional craftsmen. Historically, the mountainside of Tokyo was called “Yamanote” where samurais used to live, and the lowland side of the Tokyo was called “Shitamachi” where craftsmen … Read More

Resources
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SPECIALISTSOFFERS KNOWLEDGE, ENTERTAINMENT & EXPERIENCE CRAFTSMENOFFERS TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP ARTISTSOFFERS VARIOUS TRADITIONAL ARTS SPACEOFFERS SPACES FOR PROGRAMS

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