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6 Traditional crafts you’ll want to check out if you visit Miyagi.
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Traditional crafts that combine a high degree of functionality with lovely form (useful and beautiful) make perfect souvenirs for loved ones.
In Miyagi, where traditional crafts have been passed down through generations, skills shine through to meet the needs of the people.
This time, I will introduce a few that have been carefully selected from among them.
Traditional Healing Characters, newly made.
Kokeshi, a hot springs souvenir, were used as children’s dolls.
Their rustic charm created a boom that came to envelop the whole of Japan.
The Togatta Kokeshi have sweet eyes and cute smiles.
Sendai Wood Works “Raster” Kokeshi, Indigo Kokeshi
The healing Naruko Kokeshi are painted with traditional-style, beautiful Japanese faces on wood grain.
Of the other kokeshi in Miyagi, there are the extremely colourful, sharp-pointed Yajiro and slender Sakunami styles.
Each one is uniquely individual, with differently folded arms.
Since ancient times, the people of Sendai have been very fond of the blue Daruma.
The widely popular Daruma, considered lucky, are almost always red, but in Sendai, blue ones are also common.
In recent years, through a transformation in lifestyle awareness, handicrafts and traditional folk crafts have become appreciated, almost revered objects.
|Address||Hongo Daruma doll shop
4 Chome-32-12 Kawadaira, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Conscientiously handmade items bring warmth to practical items.
The shino-bamboo crafts works began In Iwadeyama when The 4th lord Date Muratai called craftsmen from Kyoto to teach his clan.
One of the most popular shine-bamboo crated items is the “rice strainer”, said to be easy on the fingertips and easy to drain.
These come in various sizes, and can be used for a variety of applications, such as draining vegetables from rice bowls, hot-water rinsing, and washing or storing of fruits and vegetables.
Shino-bamboo rice strainer
|Address||Osaki City, Bamboo Craft Museum
Ninokamae-115 Iwadeyama, Osaki Cinty, Miyagi Prefecture
|Business hours||9:00 — 17:00|
|Regular holidays||Wednesdays and New Year's holiday|
Lacquerware that combines the respect for traditional workmanship with appealing, modern design.
Tsuishu is a lacquerware technique in which thick layers of red lacquer are carved with decorative patterns.
Tsuishu had its beginnings in Sendai at the end of the Meiji period.
It is said that The foundations of Tsuishu were built in Sendai when Kawasaki Sakae, a craftsman from Murakami in Niigata Prefecture, brought his craft to the town.
The retro-modern styling of the bowls makes them easy and enjoyable to use at snack time for sweets or fruit.
Sendai Tsuishu small plate.
|Address||Fujisaki Flagship store, Main Building, 6th floor art gallery.
3 Chome-2-17 Ichibanchō, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
With more than 300 years of tradition, Tsusumi ware is a warm and rustic pottery.
Tsusumi negano here in the Edo period, when the official kilns of the lord Date, who was well-versed in the tea ceremony, began to produce common wares (jars, pots, plates) for the daily life of the people.
Because every piece is hand made, and the glaze takes on individual expression from its placement and the amount of heat it receives when fired in the kiln, each one is charmingly unique.
Tsutsumi Coffee Cup
Useful and beautiful traditional lacquerware
Tamamushi muri (lacquer painting) became a new traditional craft recognised by the government in 1932.
In fact, Sendai is the birthplace of this modern handicraft design.
Lacquerware is difficult to maintain, but tamamushi nuri is fine, even if you put it in the dishwasher.
Not only is there easy-to-use serving ware available, but also tamamashi nuri painted stationery and interior goods, also beautiful.
Small lacquered box / Small kokeshi box
There isn’t time!
Look at all the traditional handicrafts collected together!
Would you like an occasion to buy?
Miyagi Handicrafts ・ A convenient Shop where folk art and handicrafts are brought together under one roof.
The colorful flagship cooperative
3 Chome 1-17 Ichiban-cho, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:30 —19:30
The Way of Elegance, color on color
Sendai City, Central Aoba Ward 1-1-1 JR Sendai Station, Until 2F, S-Pal Building East
10:00 - 21:00