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Pairs of Sellers and Producers at Japan Traditional Craft Week 2015 were Determined- A direct link will be made between producers, sellers, and users of traditional crafts -

Japan Traditional Craft Week 2015 is a project which creates a direct link between producers (production areas), sellers (stores), and users (consumers) of traditional crafts, provides opportunities for producers to understand consumer needs, and aims to secure broader distribution channels for traditional crafts. During the event, home decor shops in various areas in Tokyo (Aoyama, Roppongi, Ginza, etc.) and Nagoya will each collaborate with a single producer of traditional crafts to display and sell the products and hold workshops.
METI is announcing the pairs of sellers and producers.

1. Key Points of Japan Traditional Craft Week 2015

The event will be held for the second time this year (2015), and the scale will be larger due to the warm reception when it was held for the first time in 2014. The event will be held from Saturday, October 24 through Tuesday, November 3. During that period, forty stores in Tokyo, mostly in the Aoyama area, where the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (hereinafter “the Densan Association”) is based, Minato Ward, and Chuo Ward, and 10 additional stores (tentatively) in Nagoya will join together to advertise and sell traditional crafts from the producers.

We are announcing the pairs of sellers and producers that have just been determined. The artisans will create products to meet consumers’ needs, with the sellers’ cooperation in exhibiting and selling their crafts during the event period mentioned above.

Japan Traditional Craft Week (JTCW) 2015, which creates a direct link between producers (production areas), sellers (stores), and users (consumers) of traditional crafts, aims to secure broader distribution channels for traditional crafts and support for developing and handing down such crafts to the next generation.
Official Site: http://www.jtcw.jp/External Site Link (in Japanese)

(Reference) Exhibition examples from Japan Traditional Crafts Week 2014

Echizen lacquerware was sold at Seijogakuen-Mae HANSEL&GRETEL

Imari-Arita ware was sold at F.O.B COOP ENTHESE Akasaka Biz Tower

2. Pairs of sellers and producers

Please refer to the attached document for the list of pairs.

3. Outline of Japan Traditional Craft Week 2015

(1) Date: Saturday, October 24 through Tuesday, November 3, 2015

* The reception is to be held at the Densan Association’s headquarters on Friday, October 23.

(2) Location:

[Tokyo]

Main Venue:
Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square
8-1-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Other Venues:
Designated stores (in Minato Ward, Chuo Ward, and other areas)

[Nagoya]

Main Venue:
International Design Center Nagoya
NADYA Park Design Center Bldg., 3-18-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Other Venues:
Designated stores

4. Details of the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries

In 1974, the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries was enacted. Since then, METI has promoted traditional craft industries through a variety of projects. There are various craft products produced throughout Japan such as ceramics, lacquerware, dyeing and weaving, and washi (Japanese paper). The number of traditional craft products that are recognized by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry has now reached 219.

The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries was established as the only organization that governs traditional craft products throughout Japan, and it pursues the promotion of traditional craft products through various projects.

Appendix : Pairs of sellers and producers (PDF:198KB) PDF File (in Japanese)

Release date

May 20, 2015

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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