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DENSAN to Hold Traditional Crafts Exhibition WAZA 2016

From February 18 (Thu.) through 23 (Tue.), 2016, the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (DENSAN) will hold the Traditional Crafts Exhibition WAZA 2016, focusing on the theme, “Take Home the Heart of Japan.” Approximately 80 traditional crafts that have been manufactured with traditional technologies and techniques for more than 100 years will be brought from 26 prefectures and exhibited at the event. English- and Chinese-language interpreters will be available to assist visitors from overseas.

1. Outline of the event

Recently, traditional Japanese crafts, which collectively have become symbolic of Japan’s monodzukuri (manufacturing) culture, have been attracting attention overseas as well as in Japan and have received significant attention foreign tourists in Japan.
At the event, about 80 traditional crafts from 26 prefectures will be on exhibit, including Nambu-tekki ironware, a popular craft among foreign tourists. At the same time, experts from across Japan will gather at the event and demonstrate the crafting of Odate-mage-wappa bentwood work, Owari-shippo cloisonné ware, and other crafts. English- and Chinese-language interpreters will assist visitors from overseas, and additional PR efforts will be made to help tourists learn about traditional Japanese crafts.

2. Outline of the exhibition

  • Title of the event: Traditional Crafts Exhibition WAZA 2016: Take Home the Heart of Japan
  • Dates: From February 18 (Thu.) through 23 (Tue.), 2016
  • Venue: Tobu Department Store, Ikebukuro
  • Organizer: Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (DENSAN)
  • Names of crafts to be exhibited: See Appendix.
  • Crafting demonstrations

    Omi-jofu textiles, Kyo-yuzen dyed textiles, Obori-soma-yaki ceramics, Hasami-yaki ceramics, Kyo-shikki lacquerware, Iwayado-tansu furniture, Odate-mage-wappa bentwood work, Hikone-butsudan household Buddhist altars, Miyagi-dento-kokeshi wooden dolls, Iwatsuki-ningyo wooden dolls, Edo-kimekomi-ningyo wooden dolls, Hakata-ningyo dolls, Edo-mokuhanga woodblock prints, Koshu-tebori-insho engraved seals, Owari-shippo cloisonné ware

Nambu-tekki ironware from Iwate Prefecture

Edo-kiriko cut glass from Tokyo

Odate-mage-wappa bentwood work from Akita Prefecture

Release date

February 3, 2016

Division in charge

Traditional Craft Industry Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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