December 19, 2018

Tokyo Handicrafts: Centuries of Tradition


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.



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.)


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.)


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



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


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Lisa Wallin

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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