Japanese Crafts and Traditional Works in Shizuoka City!


“The traditional skills of hand dyeing have been passed down through generations of craftsmen in Shizuoka. The sharp, single contrast of indigo and white results in strength of design and austere beauty, a beauty that can be seen today in the many products in which traditional dyeing methods are used”

I’ve known for quite some time that Shizuoka City is a major center for traditional crafts and works in Japan, but I have always been curious how many of such crafts are represented in our city.
Shizuoka City has been officially recognized as a center of traditional crafts, works and even hobbies as far back as 1804 when it was still called 1804 a legacy left by the famous Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu when he retired in our city beginning of the 17th Century and brought all kinds craftsmen along!

her is the full compilation including the one above.
If you want more information on individual craftsmen and associations (there 28 of them alone!) don’t hesitate to ask me!


“When Sengen Shrine was built in Kanei Era, about 350 years ago, the best lacquer craftsmen were gathered in Shizuoka from all over Japan. After the construction of the shine was completed, these craftsmen stayed and formed the nucleus of Shizuoka’s lacquerware industry.”


“Sashimono incorporates traditional cabinet-making techniques to manufacture a wide variety of woodcraft products. The woodworking techniques developed by Shizuoka cabinetmakers over the years have given root to the present-day woodworking industry in Shizuoka, and have made Shizuoka a leading area for cabinet and furniture making in Japan.”

HINA DOLLS/駿河雛具・雛人形

“Shizuoka is the top producing area of Hina Dolls in Japan. This is a traditional household item from ancient times, but the designs have been changed to satisfy present-day consumer tastes. many new items have been added that are thought to bring luck and health to one’s beloved children”.


“Bamboo work is another special product of Shizuoka. Bamboo craft has been an important part of Japanese housewares since the old days, but quality and design have been raised to the level of artwork while still maintaining qualities for practical use. Shizuoka bamboo products were designated by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) as a Traditional Craft product in 1976.”


“The industry is an offshoot of the lacquerware industry. During the Meiji Era, the techniques and know-how of the lacquerware industry were applied to the manufacturing of traditional wooden clogs and made it the highest quality product in the country.”


“Suruga Makie got its start in Shizuoka in 1828 when the lacquer artist Senzo Nakagawa, then living in Sumpu (the old name of Shizuoka) introduced and taught makie techniques.”


“The furniture of Shizuoka, both Japanese and Western styles, are famous throughout Japan. The products are practical as well as specialized in order to meet the demands of the diversified lifestyles of consumers.”


“The paper and lattice sliding doors and partitions that give the Japanese rooms their characteristic breezy and open peaceful feeling are still made by artisans who make use of traditional carpentry techniques that date back to the building of Shizuoka’s Sengen shrine.”

SANDALS & SHOES/サンダル・シューズ

“The Vinyl Sandal industry is rather a newcomer having started after the war, but with its streamlined production facilities, never-ending technical innovations and eagerness to improve design and quality have brought it to the top level in the country.”

Courtesy of the Shizuoka Hobby Square (Shizuoka City).


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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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