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November is Traditional Craft Products Month

Announcement of events relating to the FY2018 Traditional Craft Products Month campaign

October 18, 2018

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 of Japan. Since then, METI has been conducting awareness-raising activities across Japan to achieve this goal. In the FY2018 campaign, METI will hold a variety of events in certain areas of Fukuoka Prefecture and Tokyo and will endeavor to convey the attractiveness of traditional Japanese crafts to visitors.

1. Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly

Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly, a main event of the campaign, was launched in 1984. Taking the opportunity of this event, METI, the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries, the Japan Traditional Craftsmen’s Association, and municipalities have been holding a variety of side events, 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 and honor their contributions to traditional craft industries.

Outline of the FY2018 National Assembly

The FY2018 national assembly will be held in Fukuoka Prefecture for the first time in 30 years since the convening of the exhibition there in 1988. The year of 2018 is a milestone year marking several anniversaries, such as the 777th anniversary since the introduction of Chinese weaving techniques which led to the development of Hakata-ori, the 150th anniversary since the death of Mr. Den Inoue, inventor of Kurume Kasuri Textiles, and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Koishiwara Pottery Traditional Industry Hall. Taking this opportunity, METI will hold the FY2018 exhibition in Fukuoka Prefecture and convey the outstanding quality of traditional Japanese crafts and the attractiveness of traditional Japanese cultures from Fukuoka Prefecture to the rest of the world.

The National Convention Commemoration of the 35th Traditional Craft Products Month National Assembly

  1. Date and time: November 1 (Thur.), 2018; from 13:30 to 14:30
  2. Venue: ACROS Fukuoka (Fukuoka City)
    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 convention.
  3. Expected participants: METI Senior officials (under coordination), Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa, Governor, Fukuoka Prefecture (tentative), Mr. Shigeyoshi Ando, Director, Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries, and others

Major related events other than the commemoration

  1. Date: From November 2 (Fri.) to 4 (Sun.), 2018
  2. Venue: Marine Messe Fukuoka (Fukuoka City) and its satellite sites (Fukuoka City, etc.)
    • Traditional craft experience square: Experience-based events for visitors by creating national designated traditional crafts across Japan
    • Exhibition of Daily Commodity Crafts across Japan: Displays and sales of traditional crafts
    • Exhibition of traditional craft works organized by the Japan Traditional Craftsmen’s Association
    • Exhibition of traditional crafts in Fukuoka Prefecture: Displays, sales, craft-making demonstrations and experience-based craft-making of seven national designated traditional crafts in Fukuoka Prefecture
    • Presentations of outcomes from collaboration projects between traditional craft industries and universities
    • Other events

FY2017 National Assembly

2. Japan Traditional Crafts Week

The Japan Traditional Crafts Week project is an event for the purpose of creating a network of crafts persons in production regions and retailers as well as raising awareness about traditional crafts among younger generations. In 2018, the project will be held in the Tokyo area for the fifth time and participating businesses will call the attention of customers to their traditional crafts at several shops..

  1. Date: From October 19 (Fri.) to 31 (Wed.), 2018
  2. Venues: 30 lifestyle shops in the Aoyama, Roppongi, Meguro, Nihombashi, Ginza and other areas in Tokyo
  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

Japan Traditional Crafts Week in 2017

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

From October 22 (Mon.) to November 22 (Thur.), 2018, METI will hold an exhibition of traditional crafts and craft person-designer collaboration products and other items in Fukuoka Prefecture, where the All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition will be convened, aiming to raise public awareness of traditional crafts and call public attention to the exhibition. It will demonstrate how crafts persons transform their traditional crafts, which employ techniques that have been leveraged in collaboration with designers and creators to suit modern lifestyles.

METI’s exhibition in 2017

Division in Charge

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