Sumida
Textiles

Hand-dyed in Tokyo

Sumida Ward, known to many for the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena, has long prospered as a center of Japan’s fabrics industry.

Kaga
Lacquerware

A new standard from Yamanaka Onsen

Yamanaka in Ishikawa prefecture is a major center of lacquer-ware production, thanks to woodturners who emigrated to this area 400 years ago.

Seki
Knives

Sharper than sharp

Seki is one of the world’s top three centers of knife production, along with Solingen in Germany and Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

Kobe
Pearls

Tiny lights of the sea

Kobe is home to some 200 pearl companies and an international port that dates back to 1868. In the port’s early days the city had a foreign settlement and a hall for traders from abroad.

Fukuyama
Denim

Endless design possibilities

Specialists in every step of denim manufacture— spinning, dyeing, weaving, washing—abound in Fuku- yama, the largest producer of denim in Japan and a name known to denim heads as the epitome of luxury.

local-creators-market logo

LCM — What is it?

Local Creators’ Market is a project that aims to strengthen ties between the localities where craft traditions are upheld, the creators who live there carrying on those skills and know-how, and potential markets for them beyond Japan.

local-creators-market map

PAGE TOP