Mail Order of Traditional Handicrafts and Folk Art

We introduce traditional crafts and folk crafts from Tohoku region and sell them by mail order.

I wrote my thoughts on handwork on my blog.
The specialized in handwork
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We introduce Handwork, traditional crafts, folk art and traditional foods made by craftsmen in the Tohoku region of Japan
that have been handed down from generation to generation,
and sell them by mail order .
・・・We advocate Life with Japanese beauty.・・
Now there are 156 workshops in 106 industries.  Handicrafts in the Aizu region Handicrafts in Tsugaru Region
□Handcrafts outside the zone. □Traditional food handiworks  □OBM handicrafts 
□We are currently working on an English version of our website.
 Please look forward to the English versions of each of the workshops.
 In the meantime, I apologize
□We are now able to sell all of our products overseas.
 Until the English version is available, please use translation software such as
 google to read it.
 Handicrafts in Shimotuke region,45 industries, 78 workshops
Masiko-ware Shinohara 

Masiko ware
Hiroshi Murata

Masiko ware
Kamiya Pottery

Masiko ware
Miki Horikoshi

Masiko ware
Fuji Kiln

Masiko Pottery Artist
21 workshops.

Masiko ware
 Kichibe kiln
Hidenori Nagumo

Creative Workshop

koisago ware
Fujita Pottery
天命鋳物 若林秀真
casting industry

Hotsuma Wakabayashi

creative silver studio
Nobuo Aono


Yoshinori Okuno
woodworker's wheel
Suzuki Mingei
 仏師 朝倉二美「雲中供養菩薩南22号」
Statue of Buddha
Asakura hutami
 原木細工「丸太絵」 山ぶどう・あけび
raw woodwork
picture of a log
bonsai trees and shrubs
green center Hujikawa
Divine palanquin
Masaji Ogawa
 指物 クロサキ工芸 「木彩萬箱」
woodworking joints
Krosaki Kogei Company
 日光彫「村上豊八商店」 尺丸盆切出牡丹
Nikko carving
Lacquerware Co.
Kanuma Yosegi kumiko woodwork 
Nasu's Shino
Nikko geta (footwear)
Yamamoto Masasi
 竹芸 無心庵 斎藤正光 竹バッグ
unconcerned hermitage
Masamitsu Saito
Japanese paper
大麻博物館 紡錐車・精麻
The Cannabis Museum
野州大麻 「野州大麻(やしゅうおおぬさ)」
yasyu streamers

Hemp Leaf Studio
Yasyu hemp paper
Yasyu hemp
paper stadio
Japanese paper lantern
Nippa's lantern
braided cordwork
Mamada cord
Kibina Yoshitei 
宮染 「中川染工場」
Utsunomiya dyeing
Nakagawa Dyeing Factory

printing and dyeing
Fukui Dyeing Factory

Dyeing, Craftsman
Kanako Takaku
Yarn Studio
Angers Nasu
草木染 夢屋染織工房 野島千尋
grass and wood dyeing
Dream House Dyeing & Weaving Studio

Paper cutout artist of my own taste
Noriyuki Hagita

Western-style painter
Tsuyoshi Katagiri

copperplate artist
Marino Miura
手作り味噌 とべや
homemade miso
Food boiled in soy sauce, Tobeoya
那須みそ (有)須藤醸造
Nasu miso
Sudo Brewery Co.

Inenosawa Green rice
Shoichi Takamori

Benkei rice in Nasu
Hisao Shibata
  • The contents of "The specialised in handicraft" were in the Shimotuke Handicraft Association.
    I inherited the joy of making things from my grandfather (Kanejiro) when I was a child, and from working at a hotel for 30 years, I naturally developed the skills, fun and beauty of the craft through my association with the craftspeople of Tochigi Prefecture.
  • We are advocating "Life with Japanese beauty" for the purpose of preserving and passing on the handiwork, but what is not striving in the big flow will be decayed and gone.
    I think that the starting point of being honorable is not because it is old, but because it brings joy to the customers.

What is Shimotuke Country?
  • Shimotsuke-no-Kuni (Shimotsuke country) was one of Japan's former regional administrative divisions, belonging to the Touzandou(East side of a mountain Province.)
  • In the Engi-Shiki, the ratings are Jyoukoku and Taikoku. In the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, it says "associate superpower".
    It is sometimes referred to as Shimotuke-shu or simply Yashu.
    It is located in what is now the northern part of the Kanto region (North Kanto).
  • The area is roughly the same as that of present-day Tochigi Prefecture, with the addition of Kiryu City in Gunma Prefecture, which includes Kiryu River and beyond.
  • In the past, Tochigi Prefecture was completely identical to Shimotukenokuni, but there were slight differences between the two prefectures when part of Tochigi Prefecture was merged into Kiryu City in 1959 and 1968.
  • In ancient times, the area of Shimotuke Kunizukuri (Kunizkuri was Shimouke no-kuni, now in the central and southern Tochigi prefecture) was established as Shimotuke no Kuni (Shimotsuke country).
  • According to the Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan), the ancestor of Shimotuke no-kuni is said to be Toyoshiro Iribiko-no-mikoto, the prince of Emperor Sojin.
    In the 7th century, the area of Nasu Kunizukuri in the northeastern part of the country was combined, and the area to the present day was established.
  • In 713 (Wado 6), the order on the name of towns and counties in the country was enforced, and the names of all countries were unified into two Chinese characters.
  • At that time, the country became Shimotuke-no-kuni (the country of the lower tsukes) to Shimotuke-no-kuni (the country of the lower tsukes). It is now "Shimotuke" instead of "Shimoge", but the reading is still "Shimotuke no Kuni" instead of "Shimotuke no Kuni".
Handicraft in
Shimotuke Country
  • I would like to introduce my thoughts on handiwork, using a part of the book "Handiwork in Shimotuke" (Sui Sosha: Kashiwamura Yuji).
    Foreword by Tadashi Kusakoda, former president of the Shimodano Handicraft Association.
  • In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the foundation of "Shimotuke Handicraft Association" which was established for the purpose of preservation and transmission of traditional handicrafts in Tochigi Prefecture, Mr. Kashiwamura will write "Handicraft in Shimono" which will be published.
  • In the past, the work of our artisans existed because it was necessary for people's daily lives. Since the industrial revolution, the rapid progress of science, industry and technology has led to an era of mass production and mass consumption, and the way of life has changed greatly. Difficult times are ahead for those involved in manual labor.
  • However, just as William Morris advocated the "British Craft Movement" or the "Folk Art Movement" of Munemiti Yanagi and Shoji Hamada, we believe in the potential of handcraft and strive to pass on the skills passed down and cultivated by our predecessors to future generations, considering that there were many pioneers who found deep meaning in the creation of things by human hands. I...
Pottery in Mashiko
  • Mashiko ware is said to have its origin in 1853, when Keizaburo Otsuka, who learned the Hakoda ware technique in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, built a kiln in Neogoya. Subsequently, Yahei Mita, a group magistrate of the Kurobane Clan, who ruled the area, lent funds to six businesses to produce kitchen utensils such as turtles, mortar bowls, and earthenware for the clan's official kilns, which laid the foundation for Mashiko ware.
  • In the middle of the Meiji era, earthenware bottles were at their height, especially those with a landscape design, but from the end of the Meiji era, the market became overly rough and overproduced, and the spread of gas in Tokyo, the largest market in Japan, combined with changes in citizens' lifestyles, to narrow the market.
  • After that, demand for Mashiko ware increased again after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and in 1923, Shoji Hamada, a folk art activist and potter who came to Mashiko, introduced Mashiko ware to the world and created a new type of Mashiko ware, and Mashiko ware became highly regarded.
  • During the post-war period of rapid economic growth, Mashiko's proximity to Tokyo, the muddy Mashiko-yaki movement, and the openness of the area brought many artists to Mashiko to develop a variety of creative activities, which led to a great leap forward in the development of today's Mashiko-yaki(Masiko ware).
  • Mashiko-yaki was originally made from clay and toppings from the local area. The glaze is a mixture of natural stones and ashes, and is mainly made of persimmon glaze, black glaze, candy glaze, bran white glaze, celadon glaze, and ordinary white glaze, which produces red, black, brown, white, and blue-green colors.
  • The ornamentation was simple and rustic in taste, adapted to inexpensive kitchen utensils such as iron painting, waxwork, and sink.
  • Inspired by the simplicity and healthfulness of Mashiko ware, Hamada Shoji established a new form of Mashiko ware as a folk art form, using the same materials and the same climbing kiln as before, but making the most of his mastery of artistry, knowledge and techniques.
  • Since then, Mashiko ware has developed in a vibrant and diverse manner, with some kilns inheriting Hamada Shoji's Mingei Mashiko ware, while others have mechanized and mass-produced Mashiko ware in response to growing demand. -From Zui Sosha (The Handiwork of Shimotuke, written by Kashiwamura Yuji)-
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100-467, Toyoura-nakamachi, Nasushiobara-City, Tochigi-ken
325-0063, Japan
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