History of Dekoyashiki Craft District

Last week I visited Takashiba Dekoyashiki – somewhere that I have wanted to visit since first coming to Fukushima! “Takashiba Dekoyashiki” is the name given to a group of 4 residences-turned-museums-and-shops that make traditional crafts in Takashiba district of Koriyama City. Each of these 4 residences is open for the public to come and visitContinue reading History of Dekoyashiki Craft District

Make Your Own Glass Souvenirs at the World Glassware Hall

After visiting it a few weeks ago, I would say that Inawashiro’s World Glassware Hall (世界のガラス館) is pretty underrated as a spot for tourists to visit. The World Glassware Hall exhibits over 25,000 items of carefully designed and handcrafted glass from all around the world. A majority of the glassware on display is for sale,Continue reading Make Your Own Glass Souvenirs at the World Glassware Hall

Tsunoda Lacquer Art Studio & Sunken Gold Painting Experience in Urabandai

    Last week I visited Tsunoda Lacquer Art Workshop (角田漆芸工房) in Kitashiobara Village, Urabandai Area. There’s a huge variety of lacquerware products on display and for sale at Tsunoda san’s workshop – many of which Tsunoda san painted himself.   The production of Aizu Lacquerware is the beautiful result of the hard work andContinue reading Tsunoda Lacquer Art Studio & Sunken Gold Painting Experience in Urabandai

Miura’s Enchanting Workshop & Aizu Lacquerware

Among the winding historical streets of Aizu Wakamatsu City lies Miura Woodturning Workshop (三浦木工所). Miura Woodturning Workshop is run by Keiichi Miura, a fourth generation artisan who has been practicing woodturning for over 40 years. The Miura family is one of the few remaining families who shape wood to be used in producing Aizu Lacquerware.Continue reading Miura’s Enchanting Workshop & Aizu Lacquerware

Bonsaiya Abe – Fukushima City’s Own Bonsai Master

I visited Bonsaiya Abe around a year ago, and was lucky enough to spend time talking to Daiki Abe, the 3rd generation of the Abe family to be involved in growing bonsai trees. The Abe family have been cultivating Goyomatsu (Japanese White Pine) bonsai trees for over 90 years. Kurakichi Abe began growing bonsai fromContinue reading Bonsaiya Abe – Fukushima City’s Own Bonsai Master

Hand-made Tatami Experience in Sukagawa City

As newly built houses get smaller and the variety of cheap flooring options increases, quintessentially Japanese tatami flooring is becoming less and less of a presence in Japanese homes. Tatami has held an integral place in the hearts of Japanese people for centuries, and many people are saddened by the way the youth of JapanContinue reading Hand-made Tatami Experience in Sukagawa City