arts and crafts

Discover the Charm of Kyoto With These Top 3 Temple and Shrine Markets!

When in Kyoto, it is highly recommended to visit the various shrines and temples which boast unique charm and are usually located in scenic locations. However, besides visiting these sacred places of interest, you may not know that there are many temporary flea markets held in these places. They offer an interesting array of things…

Discover the Beautiful Japanese Art of Knitting Dolls, and Try Making Them!

When you read the word “crochet” or “knit”, you will probably think of things that relate to winter essentials like sweaters, beanies, and shawls. Perhaps you will think there is nothing new you can learn about crochet and knitting. Well, in Japan there is a unique way in which crochet and knitting are put to…

Feeling Artsy? Here Are 9 Creative Uses for Cute Japanese Washi Tape!

Do you step into Japanese stationery shops and go crazy over the wide variety of cute products they have? One favorite spot is Tokyu Hands (東急ハンズ), a Japanese lifestyle store that sells an array of goods ranging from outdoor equipment to even DIY materials. More often than not, I end up buying many different designs…

Learn the Traditional Art of the Beautiful Japanese Hakone Marquetry

One of the most beautiful forms of art in Japan is the art of inlaying woods known as “marquetry.” It is a typical woodwork which can be found in Hakone (箱根), a town in Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県). It can often be found on the finest furniture and can also be seen in elaborate patterns and…

Come See 40 Types of Arts and Crafts at the 59th Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair!

One of the many ways to understand the local culture of Tokyo is through its traditional arts and crafts. Every year, several exhibits are held showcasing the craftsmanship of the Japanese and how such traditional arts and crafts have been cultivated over the ages. To promote local economic development and culture, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government…

The Fascinating Art of Washi (Japanese Paper) Crafts

Most people have heard the term “Washi” before but what exactly does it mean? Translated, Washi simply mean Japanese paper. This style of paper is handmade in Japan from resources such as trees, rice, or wheat. Washi tends to be a bit thicker than the everyday paper you’ll find. This makes it ideal for a…

The True Beauty and Art of Ikebana Flower Arrangement

Ikebana is one of the traditional art forms of Japan. With a rich history of over 600 years the art of ikebana is continually evolving. Let’s learn about this fascinating art form and where it came from. The History of Ikebana kq8.org/ Ikebana is said to have started around 600 years ago with its origins…

Love Arts and Crafts? See How Japanese Craftsmen Produce Karakami!

Paper is an integral part of the Japanese culture. Together with dyes, pigments, and woodblocks, decorative paper such as karakami makes it more interesting for poets to write on, but how exactly do craftsmen produce decorative karakami paper? tracepattern.wordpress.com/ Before karakami became a wallpaper and a cover for the sliding door (fusuma), it was popularly…

A Closer Look at the Top 4 Karakami Designs in Japan

Karakami is one of the oldest surviving paper art techniques in Japan with more than 600 woodblock patterns for printing that were carved by 11 generations of craftsmen. Brought by the ancient Chinese during the Nara period, this art became more sophisticated through time with various patterns and motifs that are attuned to the taste…
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