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Sendai Tansu, Edo Bekko, and Tokyo Antimony Products were Newly Designated as Traditional Crafts under the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that, on June 18, 2015, it newly designated three items, which are Sendai Tansu made in Miyagi Prefecture, as well as Edo Bekko and Tokyo Antimony Products made in Tokyo and the surrounding regions, as traditional crafts as defined in the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (hereinafter called the Act).

1. New designation of traditional crafts

Concerning the new designation of Sendai Tansu from Miyagi Prefecture, as well as Edo Bekko and Tokyo Antimony Products from Tokyo and the surrounding regions, the Industrial Structure Council examined the crafts and decided to newly designate them as traditional crafts. On June 18, 2015, these designations were announced by public notice and the crafts were listed as items designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Consequently, the number of designated traditional crafts has reached 222, of which four are from Miyagi Prefecture and 16 from Tokyo.

2. Outline of the newly designated crafts

(1) Sendai Tansu

Sendai Tansu (Japanese-style traditional chests) grew as a local industry in the Sendai Domain around the end of the Edo period. They feature lacquering called Kijiro-nuri, which brings out the natural wood grain patterns on the surface, combined with gorgeous metal ornaments.

(2) Edo Bekko

  

Edo Bekko is a handicraft, which is made from the shells of hawksbill turtles, using unique techniques for joining pieces of tortoiseshells. It was used in Japanese accessories in the Kanto region during the Edo Period, and also in Japanese and Western accessories and eyeglasses today.

(3) Tokyo Antimony Products

Tokyo Antimony is a cast product made from an alloy of lead, antimony, and tin. In the beginning of the Meiji Period, this technique was established as a local industry in Tokyo. Accessories, trophies, and ornaments are manufactured making use of these detailed, delicate patterns and engravings.

3. Details of the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries

The Act aims to bring color and fullness to the lives of the public and contribute to the transfer of traditional skills and techniques to the next generation, as well as to economic development and the creation of employment in communities, through the promotion of traditional craft industries. Traditional crafts that are designated* under the Act are subject to various types of promotion policies under the Act.

*Five requirements should be satisfied for designation; the craft should be: [i] a daily commodity, [ii] handmade, [iii] made using a traditional skill or technique continuously used for the last 100 years or more, [iv] made of a raw material which has been used traditionally, and [v] created in a particular area.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

June 18, 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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