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December 19, 2018

Tokyo Handicrafts: Centuries of Tradition

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In the Edo period, Tokyo became a place known for its great handicrafts. Today many of those traditions, which go back well over a century, remain. Featuring sophisticated, high-quality designs, these handicrafts show off the chic style of Edo.

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Edo Kiriko Kobayashi Studio and Shop A workshop dedicated to the glass etching style known as Edo kiriko. Glasses, plates and more can be purchased here. With reservations, you can also try it yourself. (Fee: 3000 yen for adults, 2000 yen for children.)

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Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten A firm that builds the mikoshi (portable shrines) and taiko (drums) used in Japanese festivals. Also houses a museum, which has 800 taiko drums and other percussion instruments from around the world. 70% on display can be played! (Entrance fee: 500 yen.)

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Nisshin Kikinzoku A silverware workshop known for a popular spoon that makes it easy to eat cold

ice cream. With reservations, you can try making spoons, rings, bookmarks and

more.

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Uno Brush Brush workshop that produces brushes for clothing, shoes, washing one's body and more. Brushes are made from carefully-selected natural animal hair and fur. Often holds workshops where you can try brush making yourself at department stores and local municipal events.

Further Info

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1) Edo Kiriko Kobayashi Studio and Shop
Address: 2-9-6 Sarue, Koto-ku
2) Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten
Workshop address: 6-1-15 Asakusa, Taito-ku
Museum address: 2-1-1 Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku
3) Nisshin Kikinzoku
Address: Ito Building 1F, 1-3-13 Misuji, Taito-ku
4) Uno Brush
Address: 3-1-15 Mukojima, Sumida-ku

Reporter

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Lisa Wallin

Nationality:
Swedish/American 
Occupation:
Writer, translator, aspiring fitness instructor
When did you first come to Japan?:
I arrived in Japan in 2007.
Reason for coming to Japan:
When I first came to Japan, I was curious about the culture, and deeply interested in the Japanese alternative music scene-I still am! There's still a lot of new, upcoming acts on the rise and it's exciting to do some digging to discover them.
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