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Arts and Crafts

We present a selection of Japanese craftwork, including Kumano brushes, Miyajima crafts, and other traditional crafts

Otagawa Glass
Otagawa Glass
  • Hiroshima City

Otagawa Glass is made from the sand of the Otagawa river. This sand is high in iron, and it gives the glass a soft yellow-green color. An wide variety of glassware offered for sale at the Garasu-no-Sato “Glass Village,” and there are workshops to experience stained glass and and glass-blowing.

Dochu Copperware
Dochu Copperware
  • Hiroshima City

Deep red Dochu copperware is beaten from copper sheet, patterned with thousands of hammer marks, and smoked with rice straw. Souvenirs such as flower vases, pen trays, and ornamental dishes are available.

Bamboo Craft
Bamboo Craft
  • Takehara City

There are many small bamboo craft studios in a certain area of Takehara where the landscape has been preserved. You can see how bamboo products are made, buy some or try making some yourself.

Miyajima Zaiku
Miyajima Zaiku
  • Hatsukaichi City

Traditional arts and crafts created in Miyajima include chopsticks, trays of different shapes, wooden spatulas, butter knives, and miniature shrine archways and five-storied pagodas. Rice scoops are particularly well-known and are used as a good-luck charm or decoration, in addition to their more practical use of dishing up rice.

Miyajima Osunayaki
Miyajima Osunayaki
  • Hatsukaichi City

The name “osuna” (auspicious sand) comes from the fact that it contains sand from Itsukushima Shrine. It is characterized by the neat and pristine look and the fact that no identical patterns can be created because the sand in the clay causes deformation during firing.

Kendama
Kendama
  • Hatsukaichi City

Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy consisting of three cups, a spike and a ball connected by a string. Hatsukaichi is the birthplace of Kendama and has been hosting the Kendama World Cup since 2014, where people from other countries come to show off their skills.

Togochi Kurimono
Togochi Kurimono
  • Akiota-cho

It is said that the Togochi area provided much of the wood used by Miyajima craftemen. It is said that craftsmen from Miyajima moved to Togochi and taught the locals their techniques. Kurimono, meaning “carved-out wooden tools” that have been hand-crafted using chisels, planes and sharp knives. The ladle in particular has come to be known as Fujo-otama and is now an official traditional craft of Hiroshima.

Kumano Brushes
Kumano Brushes
  • Kumano-cho

About 80% of Japan’s brushes are made in Kumano-cho. Renowned for their high quality, they are much sought-after not only in Japan, but throughout the world. There a brushes for painting, calligraphy and makeup, with each brush being made individually by a craftsman from an optimum mix of animal hair.

Goldfish Lanterns (There are many other goldfish lantern products.)
Goldfish Lanterns (There are many other goldfish lantern products.)
  • Yanai City

Made from Japanese paper stretched over split bamboo frames, goldfish lanterns add poetic charm to summer in Yanai City as they line the cobbled streets of the old merchant quarter, known as Shirakabe-no-machi (white-walled town). Now ranked as one of the top folk handicraft in Japan, they make an excellent souvenir to give to someone or to hang in your room to remind you of Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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