Japanese Arts & Crafts

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Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

There is no rigid distinction between arts and craft in Japans. Many techniques came to Japan from the Asian continent, especially China and Korea, and have since evolved and been refined. Many of the arts and crafts from Japan have grown to gain recognition from around the world. For fans of the arts, we highly recommend joining our line of Quilt Festival Japan Tour packages to experience workshops, visit museums, and shop for wonderful decorative goods. Our Quilt Japan Tours include many of the stores and activities listed below, as well as hotels, museum admission, most meals, and guided-services.

Tea Ceremony

Tea Ceremony

The Way of Tea

Ikebana - Kado

Ikebana - Kado

The Japanese form of flower arrangement.

Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy

Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese Calligraphy is the Way of Writing.

Bonsai

Bonsai

Potted miniature trees considered Japanese works of art.

Origami

Origami

The art of folding a piece of paper and creating different shapes.

Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e is a type of woodblock print and paintings of the Floating World.

Uchiwa

Uchiwa

The traditional Japanese paper fans

Haiku

Haiku

The traditional Japanese poetry art using 5-7-5 syllables.

Kireji Fabric

Kireji Fabric

Kireji is a type of cloth used for mounting scrolls.

Kutani Porcelin

Kutani Porcelin

Japanese porcelain from Kutani (now part of Kaga), Ishikawa

Chabana

Chabana

Chabana is the term used for the arrangement of flowers in a Japanese tea ceremony.

Koto

Koto

Tracing it's origins to the Chinese Zheng, the Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument.

Washi - Japanese Paper

Washi - Japanese Paper

Japanese Paper from the Barks of Kozo, Mitsumata, and Gampi.

Bingata

Bingata

Authentic Okinawa Ryukyu Island Fabric Dye Patterns

Lacquer-ware

Lacquer-ware

Lacquer-ware is one of Japanese specialties, it has been loved for a long time. It usually decorated with gold and white color on red or black color.

Satsuma Kiriko Glass

Satsuma Kiriko Glass

Glassware reproduced from late Meiji period

Japanese Toys & Games

Japan is famous for producing numerous toys and games that entertain millions around the world. While some of the more popular video games of today come from Japan, some board games and toys that have been around since the Edo period still find popularity today. In fact, the classic Kendamatoy has grown so popular, there are now competitions around the world where players show off their best tricks. Similar to Yo-Yo contests, Kendama competitors work hard to amaze the audience with crazy combos and signature moves.

Hanafuda

Hanafuda

Hanafuda (literally flower cards) are Japanese playing cards that are used to play a variety of games

Japanese Mahjong

Japanese Mahjong

Japanese Mahjong is a variation of mahjong popular in Japan

Cho-Han

Cho-Han

Cho-Han is a traditional dice gambling game in Japan.

Shogi

Shogi

Shogi, Japanese chess, was derived from ancient Indian chess.

Reversi

Reversi

Reversi is a popular board game played in Japan.

Kendama

Kendama

Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy similar to the classic cup-and-ball game.

Model Kits

Model Kits

Building model kits is a popular hobby in Japan enjoyed by anime fans and craftsmen alike.

Gacha Gacha Machines (JDT Recommends)

Gacha Gacha Machines (JDT Recommends)

Gacha Gacha Machines are vending machines that dispense toys in Japan.

Museums and Stores for Arts, Crafts & Stitching

Moss Village & Wisdom Forest

Moss Village & Wisdom Forest

The best places to see Japanese moss, ranked on the “100 Farm Village Sceneries of Japan”

Mihama Cloth

Mihama Cloth

Japanese fabric store in the famous Nippori Textile Town

Nippori Tomato

Nippori Tomato

The Nippori Tomato is a textile store located in the Nippori Textile Town.

Goshima Baramon (Kite)

Goshima Baramon (Kite)

Nagasaki traditional hand crafted dragon design Kites.

Aritayaki

Aritayaki

Imari Porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, Kyushu.

Nishijin Kimono Show

Nishijin Kimono Show

Kimono Show and Demonstrations.

Kyoto Shibori Work Shop and Museum (Workshop)

Kyoto Shibori Work Shop and Museum (Workshop)

Shibori is the method of dyeing cloths.

Sashiko Museum

Sashiko Museum

Japanese traditional form of decorative little stabs.

Quilt Party Retail Shop

Quilt Party Retail Shop

Patchwork Shop by Yoko Saito

Okinawa Minsah

Okinawa Minsah

Traditional Okinawa textile to show eternal love

Okinawa Sanshin

Okinawa Sanshin

Three Stringed Okinawa Instrument

Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio

Kyoto Shishu Restoration Studio

Dedicated to repairing embroidery and traditional cloth pieces

Yoyogi Park Antique Market

Yoyogi Park Antique Market

annual antique and crafts flea market held at Yoyogi Park

Yunokuni no Mori

Yunokuni no Mori

Traditional Japanese handicraft village that showcases different arts & crafts of Ishikawa.

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft - Fureai-kan (Workshop)

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft - Fureai-kan (Workshop)

Museum dedicated to preserving Kyoto's traditional and cultural works of art

Arita Porcelain Park

Arita Porcelain Park

Admission-free porcelain related theme park in Arita Town of Saga Prefecture

Other Arts & Crafts Info

Misuya Needle

Misuya Needle

Premier Japanese Sewing Needles

KOHO Japanese Traditional Weaving Studio

KOHO Japanese Traditional Weaving Studio

research and restoration facility for ancient textiles and traditional weaving techniques

Ozu Washi

Ozu Washi

Traditional Japanese Paper store, established in 1653 in the Nihombashi area of Tokyo

Edo Kiriko Glass

Edo Kiriko Glass

Stunning 2-Layered Glass filled with Color

Hakone Yosegizaiku

Hakone Yosegizaiku

Traditional Japanese decorative craft based on marquetry works. Popularized during the Edo Period

Arimatsu Tokaido Old Town

Arimatsu Tokaido Old Town

Recreated village where guests can enjoy a traditional atmosphere before trying Shibori tie-dyeing

Nomura Tailor

Nomura Tailor

Popular Kyoto Fabric & Craft Shop

Samurai Kembu Theater

Samurai Kembu Theater

Samurai Kembu is the traditional performance art using a Katana and Sensu

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