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November is Traditional Craft Products Month.-Announcement of the events relating to the FY2014 Traditional Craft Products Month campaign-

In 1984, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) designated every November as Traditional Craft Products Month, aiming to raise public awareness and further the reach of traditional crafts. Since then, METI has been conducting a variety of events across Japan to achieve the goal.

Commemorating Traditional Craft Products Month, METI has annually held the Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly, in cooperation with municipalities and related entities. In advance of the 2014 National Assembly, METI decided to hold the first Japan Traditional Crafts Week project, mainly in Aoyama and Roppongi, Tokyo, as a preparatory event for the assembly. In addition, METI also decided this year to start an annual exhibition of traditional crafts on the first floor of METI’s main building.

1. Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly

The Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly, a main event of the campaign, was launched in 1984. With the opportunity provided by this event, a variety of other side events are held by METI, the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (hereinafter referred to as the “Association”), the Japan Traditional Craftsmen’s Association, and municipalities, including displays, sales, crafting demonstrations and experience-based craft-making, gathering traditional crafts from across Japan. On the first day of the assembly, a commemoration ceremony will be held to recognize the winners of the METI Minister Award to Recognize Contributions to Traditional Craft Industries.

1-1 Outline of the FY2014 National Assembly

The year 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of Arita Ware in Saga prefecture. In commemoration, METI decided to hold the FY2014 National Assembly in Saga prefecture for the first time, in preparation of the anniversary celebration. In the Assembly, a variety of programs will also be offered, including business-exchange programs between production regions and exhibitions of collaborative works by young craftspeople, both of which are being conducted for the first time in the history of the Assemblies.
Official website: http://www.dento-saga2014.com/External Site Link (in Japanese)

National Convention Commemoration at the 31st Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly

  1. Date: From 14:00–15:00, November 20 (Thurs.), 2014
  2. Venue: Takeo City Cultural Center, Takeo City, Saga Prefecture

    METI will honor the winners of the METI Minister’s Awards, who are contributors to traditional craft industries, and will deliver the declaration of the assembly.

  3. Expected participants

    METI senior officials (under coordination), Mr. Yasushi Furukawa, governor of Saga Prefecture, Mr. Sohei Taguchi, president of the Association, and others

Major related events other than the National Convention (from November 20 (Thus.) to 24 (Mon.), 2014)

  • The 33rd Traditional Craftsmen National Assembly and its gathering
  • Experience-based events for creating lacquer ware, dying fabrics, and making porcelain at Dento Kogei Fureai Hiroba square in Arita Town
  • Exhibition of the Daily Commodity Crafts across Japan: exhibition and sales of traditional crafts
  • The 17th Exhibition of Japan Traditional Craftsmen’s Association
  • Exhibition of Collaborative Traditional Crafts: display of new products collaboratively created by Arita Ware craftsmen and those in other regions in which traditional ware is created
  • Exhibition of Japanese Table Settings for Atmosphere: introduction of case examples of table settings utilizing Imari-Arita Ware and other products created by young craftspeople across Japan.

1-2 FY2015 Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly

The FY2015 Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly will be held in Toyama Prefecture.

2. Japan Traditional Crafts Week

The Japan Traditional Crafts Week project will be held as one of the preparatory events for the National Assembly, for the purpose of creating a network of craftspeople in production regions and retailers across Japan, as these relationships have been shallow, as well as raising the awareness of traditional crafts among younger people, who are less interested in such crafts these days.
Official website: http://www.jtcw.jp/External Site Link (in Japanese)

  1. Date: October 25 (Sat.) to November 3 (Mon.), 2014
  2. Venue: Aoyama Square and 22 shops, including interior shops in Aoyama, Roppongi, and other areas in Tokyo
  3. Details of the project:

    Exhibitions, demonstration sales, participation-based workshops, stamp-collecting scavenger hunt ("stamp rallies") and other events of crafts and original products in shops above

    Note: At 16:00, October 24 (Fri.), 2014, a reception will be held for the media at the Association.

3. Exhibition of traditional crafts on the first floor of METI’s main building

From October 15 (Wed.) to November 13 (Thurs.), 2014, METI will hold an exhibition of about 100 traditional crafts from across Japan, aiming to raise public awareness of these crafts and the events related to the Traditional Craft Products Month campaign.

Release Date

October 14, 2014

Division in Charge

Traditional Craft Industry Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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