Five Fabulous Finds

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.

Sumida, Tokyo

Tokyo has been an ideal place for fabric dyeing since the earliest days of the capital. In the Edo era (1603–1868) it was common to see long bolts of kimono fabric rippling in the waters as craftsmen washed the dyed cloth.

Sumida Textiles—Hand-dyed and in Demand

Sumida Textiles—Hand-dyed and in Demand

Tokyo has been a center of fabric dyeing since its earliest days. Back in the Edo ...

August 29, 2018

Fukuyama, Hiroshima

A town known for indigo dyeing is now a top maker of Japan denim—one of the country’s best-known exports, loved by fashion mavens around the world for its high quality. That passion began here.

Fukuyama Denim—Endless Design Possibilities

Fukuyama Denim—Endless Design Possibilities

Specialists in every step of denim manufacture—spinning, dyeing ...

August 29, 2018

Kaga, Ishikawa

Ensconced in this mountainous hot-spring town, the woodturners and makie lacquer artists of Yamanaka Onsen have long pursued perfection.

Kaga Lacquerware—A 400-Year Tradition

Kaga Lacquerware—A 400-Year Tradition

A mountainous land dotted with hot springs, Yamanaka in Ishikawa prefecture is ..

August 29, 2018

Kobe, Hyogo

Look closely through the translucent sheen of any Akoya pearl and you’ll see a rainbow of colors—a joint gift from the growers, the oysters, and the sea itself.

Kobe Pearls—Tiny Lights of the Sea

Kobe Pearls—Tiny Lights of the Sea

A symbol of elegance loved around the world since the early 1900s, Akoya pearls ...

August 29, 2018

Seki, Gifu

This knife will change every assumption you have about the best way to cut cakes and other confections perfectly. Once you’ve tried it, we think you’ll be hooked.

Seki Knives—A 400-Year Tradition

Seki Knives—A 400-Year Tradition

Along with Solingen in Germany and Sheffield in the United Kingdom, Seki in Gifu ...

August 29, 2018