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November is Traditional Craft Products Month Announcement of events relating to the FY2016 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 more 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 that goal. In the FY2016 campaign, METI will hold a variety of events in Fukui Prefecture, Tokyo, Aichi Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture and other areas, on a larger scale than last year and will endeavor to convey the attractiveness of these crafts to visitors.

1. Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly

The Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly, the main event of the campaign, was launched in 1984. With the opportunity provided by this event, a variety of other side events are to be held by METI, the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries, the Japan Traditional Craftsmen’s Association, and municipalities, including exhibitions, sales events, crafting demonstrations and experience-based craft-making, utilizing 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 Awards to Recognize Contributions to Traditional Craft Industries.

Outline of the FY2016 National Assembly

Taking advantage of the significant improvement of accessibility from Tokyo to Fukui Prefecture with the inauguration of the Hokuriku Shinkansen and Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway services, METI decided to hold the FY2016 national assembly in Fukui Prefecture, hoping to encourage a large number of tourists to use this opportunity to see and touch traditional crafts up close and enrich their experience. Under the slogan “Expert Techniques on Display in Fukui Prefecture, a Place of Happiness,” METI will hold events to communicate information on traditional Japanese crafts to the rest of the world.

National Convention Commemoration at the 33rd Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly

1) Date and time:
November 24 (Thur.), 2016; from 13:30 to 14:30
2) Venue:
Sabae Cultural Center (Sabae City)
METI will honor the winners of the METI Minister’s Awards, who are contributors to traditional craft industries, and will deliver a declaration at the assembly.
3) Expected participants:
METI senior officials (still to be decided), Mr. Issei Nishikawa, Governor of Fukui Prefecture (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 Commemoration (from November 24 (Thur.) to 27 (Sun.), 2016)

  • Traditional Craftsmen National Assembly
  • Experience-based events where visitors create nationally designated traditional crafts across Japan
  • Exhibition of Daily Commodity Crafts across Japan: Exhibition and sales of traditional crafts
  • Traditional Craftsmen’s Association Exhibition
  • Exhibition of works by young craftspeople: Display of works created by craftspeople from the Training School of Traditional Crafts and the Traditional Craft Youth Association
  • Fukui Confectionery Exhibition 2016, an exhibition of confectionery in collaboration with crafts: Display and sales of crafts related to confectionery, and an experience-based parent-child event
  • Guided craft shop tour: Visiting seven production regions famous for nationally designated crafts and other nearby tourist sites, etc.

(The FY2015 National Assembly)

2. Japan Traditional Crafts Week

 The Japan Traditional Crafts Week project is an event for the purpose of creating a network of retailers and craftspeople in production regions as well as raising the awareness of traditional crafts among younger people in order to pique their interest. Giving retailers an opportunity to visit production regions has contributed to the successful development of new products in those regions. In 2015, the project consisted of events in Tokyo and Nagoya. In 2016, it will be held on an expanded scale by bringing in retailers in Osaka, Kobe and other cities in addition to Tokyo and Nagoya to sell new traditional craft products from the 80 shops across Japan participating in the project this year.

(Japan Traditional Crafts Week in 2015)

1) Date:
October 22 (Sat.) through November 3 (Thurs.), 2016
2) Venues:
Tokyo area: 41 interior shops in Aoyama, Roppongi, Ginza, Marunouchi, etc.
Nagoya area: 17 interior shops in Sakae, etc.
Osaka and Kobe areas: 22 interior shops in Umeda, Namba, Kobe, etc.
3) Details of the project:
Exhibitions, demonstrations and sales events, hands-on workshops, stamp-collecting scavenger hunts (“stamp rallies”) and other events for crafts and original products in the shops above

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

From November 1 (Tue.) through 15 (Tue.), 2016, METI will hold an exhibition of traditional crafts, craftsperson-designer collaboration products and other items from Fukui Prefecture, where the national assembly will be convened, aiming to raise public awareness of traditional crafts and to attract public attention to the national assembly. It will demonstrate how craftspeople are transforming their traditional crafts in collaboration with designers and creators to suit modern lifestyles.

(The FY2015 National Assembly)

Release date

October 24, 2016

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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