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November is Traditional Craft Products Month Announcement of events relating to the FY2017 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 proactively convey the attractiveness of traditional Japanese crafts to people inside and outside Japan. Since then, METI has been conducting awareness-raising activities across Japan to achieve this goal. In the FY2017 campaign, METI will hold a variety of events in certain areas in Tokyo on a larger scale than last year and will endeavor to convey the attractiveness of traditional Japanese crafts to visitors.

1. All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition

The All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition, 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, 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 exhibition, a commemoration ceremony will be held to recognize the winners of the METI Minister’s Awards to recognize contributions to traditional craft industries.

  • Outline of the FY2017 All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition
    METI will hold the FY2017 All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition in Tokyo for the first time since its inauguration in 1984. Under the slogan “Tradition Empowers Excitement,” METI will strive to hold experience-based events in which visitors are able to touch traditional crafts and efforts for conveying information on traditional crafts to overseas countries in the entire Marunouchi area due to its high accessibility within Tokyo.
    For further details, see the Official website for the 34th All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition.
  • National Convention Commemoration at FY2017 All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition
    1. Date: November 2 (Thur.), 2017; from 13:30 to 14:50
    2. Venue: Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (Toshima Ward, Tokyo)
      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 exhibition.
    3. Expected participants: METI senior officials (under coordination), Ms. Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo (tentative), and Mr. Jurou Ando, president of the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries, etc.

[Major related events other than the National Convention]
(From November 4 (Sat.) to 6 (Mon.), 2017; Note: Some events will start from November 3 (Fri.).)

  • Traditional Craftsmen National Assembly
  • Experience-based events for visitors by creating national designated traditional crafts across Japan
  • Exhibition of the Daily Commodity Crafts across Japan: exhibition and sales of traditional crafts
  • Exhibition of Japan Traditional Craftsmen’s Association
  • Exhibition of Next-generation Craft persons’ Works: exhibition of works with pride created by 40 young craft persons from famous workshops in Tokyo
  • Pop-up shop displayed by a famous shop overseas: A pop-up select shop for traditional crafts, jointly opened by BOWS & ARROWS, a select shop in Paris, and Pen, a famous Japanese magazine featuring quality lifestyles
  • Theme-based exhibition aiming at raising awareness of visitors about amazing techniques and the outstanding quality of traditional crafts: exhibition for explaining peoples’ everyday lives during the late Edo period through reproduced items from the period to offer visitors new approaches towards making use of traditional crafts in their present-day lives, and other events.
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Snapshots from the FY2016 All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition

2. JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFTS WEEK

The JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFTS WEEK project is an event for the purpose of creating a network of craft persons in production regions and retailers as well as raising awareness about traditional crafts among younger people, who are typically less interested in such crafts. In 2016, the scale was expanded by bringing in retailers from Osaka, Kobe and other cities that will sell new traditional craft products from 80 shops across Japan participating in the project. In 2017, the project will be held in the Tokyo area (Marunouchi, Ginza, Roppongi and Omotesando areas).
For further details, see the official website for the JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFTS WEEK 2017.

  1. Period of the event: From October 27 (Fri.) to November 8 (Wed.), 2017
  2. Tokyo area: 31 interior shops in the Aoyama, Omotesando, Roppongi, Yurakucho, and Ginza areas (tentative)
  3. Details of the event: Exhibitions, demonstration sales, participation-based workshops, stamp-collecting scavenger hunt (“stamp rallies”) and other events of crafts and original products in the shops above
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JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFTS WEEK in 2016

3. Exhibition of Traditional Crafts on the First Floor of METI’s Main Building in Tokyo

From October 23 (Mon.) to November 22 (Wed.), 2017, METI will hold an exhibition of traditional crafts and craft person-designer collaboration products and other items in Tokyo, where the national assembly will be convened. It will demonstrate how craft persons transform their traditional crafts, which have been leveraged with craft persons’ techniques, in collaboration with designers and creators to suit modern lifestyles.

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METI’s exhibition in 2016

Release date

October 20, 2017

Division in Charge

Traditional Craft Industry Office, Lifestyle Industries Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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