All over Japan, there are many craft industries which have been active since ancient times.

The techniques to manufacture handcrafted household items have been passed down for generations and typically possess regionally individualistic characteristics.

As of 2018, the number of officially designated traditional craft products by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has reached 230.


What are officially designated traditional Japanese crafts?


  • Articles must be used routinely in everyday life.
  • Articles must be primarily manufactured by hand.
  • Articles must be manufactured implementing traditional techniques at least 100 years old.
  • Main materials used have remained unchanged for at least 100 years.
  • Manufacturing should be regionally established to a certain scale.


(All criteria must be fulfilled)

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