Japan Eight

Traditional Crafts

Linking tradition to the future through handworks, Traditional paper framer “Mannendo.”

Some of my friends are Calligraphy artists, and they sometimes talk about mounting their artworks. I've seen their completed works but never seen the process. This time, I spoke to the art mounters who have been in business for over 60years.
Traditional Crafts

Before I knew it, I was going for a textile dyeing artist – Sarasa Kino

Sarasa Kino is a young textile dyeing artist. I had a chance to sit with her and ask many questions. I hope you enjoy it as I did!

Kyushu International Art Camp in Fukuoka

15 artists from Asia and Europe are joining this Kyushu International Art Camp. Many different types of art camp are held around the world, and through art people are connecting with others from all over the world.

Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum

Japanese traditional crafts have a long history that has carried on for ages.Hakataori and Hakata dolls are the most famous of Fukuoka city's traditional arts and crafts, but there are more.
Traditional Crafts

About Hakataori

100% silk, heirloom quality and durability, handcrafted using techniques more than 700 years old. Produced only in Fukuoka, Japan by craftsmen based around Fukuoka’s Hakata Ward and known as Hakata-ori.

11 Historical places in Hakata, Fukuoka

There are many historical and cultural places in Hakata, Fukuoka. If you are visiting Fukuoka and love Japanese culture, you can not miss these places. We have listed for you the 11 places that you can walk to from Hakata station within 30 mins.

Fukuoka is getting a lot of attention?!

Fukuoka city is located on the the northern shore of Kyushu island, and the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture. Fukuoka is Japan’s sixth largest city.

A Shinto priest talks about the power of words.

Oharai are rituals of purification and the chants the priest uses to purify are called Oharaekotoba. Kotoba is the Japanese word for "words."

Story from a former Shinto priest: About the wedding ceremony.

Chouzuya is the area of a shrine where you wash your hands and rinse your mouth. It is an abbreviated act of Misogi; the practice of ritual purification by washing the entire body in the river, ocean or a waterfall.
Food and Drinks

Fastidiously handmade Himono by Oshimaya in Omuta city, Fukuoka

Himono is a popular dish for Japanese.This time we visited Omuta city in Fukuoka where fresh fish are assembled from all around Kyushu, and interviewed Oshimaya which makes additive‐free Himono (dried fish) in an old-fashioned way.