Introduction to Traditional
Crafts (Artisan Crafts)
Shunkei lacquerware, coated with a transparent varnish called sukeurushi,
was first made by Mokushou Takahashi Kizaemon and Nurishi Narita
Mitsuemon in the 12th year of the Keicho Era (about 400
years ago) in the Kanamori period. It is said that their first works
were trays to be presented to the shogunate.
Ichii Ittobori (carving)
In the final years of the Edo period (about 150 years ago), Matsuda
Sukenaga originated the carving of netsuke using Hida's finest specialty,
yew, and without paint, he brought out the natural beauty of a single
piece of wood.
Ceramics and Porcelain
In the Genna years (about 380 to
390 years ago), Kanamori Shigeyori, Lord of Takayama castle, invited
antique Seto ware artisans from Kyoto, and a kiln was built in the
western suburbs on Koito Hill. There are currently four kilns within
the city limits - Shibukusa (2 locations), Koito, and Yamada.
It is said that this artisan craft started in the Asuka and Nara
period (about 1,350 years ago). These many years yielded furniture
and wooden products with rich warmth from the wood.