Traditional crafts of Hakata

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  • Takatoriyaki (pottery)
  • Takatori pottery traces its roots to a great Korean potter called Hachizan, who was brought to Japan by Kuroda Josui, a soldier serving an old local clan, after Hideyoshi's invasions of Korea at the end of the 16th century. Takatoriyaki pottery was once named as one of the 7 major potteries of Ja...
  • Hakata Ori (folk woven textile)
  • Hakata ori (woven textile) is a local folk craft with 760 years of tradition. Its weaving technique was originally brought to Japan from China in the Kamakura era by a local merchant of Hakata named Mitsuda Yazaemon, who added a distinctive touch to the original technique and created Hakata-ori. ...
  • Hakata Chanpon (glass pipe)
  • Hakata Chanpon is folk craft toy made of glass. The name comes from the charming sound it makes (“chanpon, chanpon”) when you blow the pipe. Every year in September, a lot of people visit Hakozaki shrine at the time of Hojoe festival to buy these glass pipes with the design hand-drawn by the maid...
  • Hakata Basami (scissors)
  • The first scissors in Japan was introduced about 700 years ago by a Chinese trader named Sha Kokumei who brought in Tang scissors from Southern China. The history of Hakata Basami dates back to the end of Edo period when a sword smith of Hakata named Yasukochi Usuke tried manufacturing a pair of ...
  • Hakata Magemono
  • Hakata magemono is wooden craftwork of Hakata whose origin is not clarified yet with many different stories. They started to be manufactured and became popular since the Edo period. They were once dedicated to Hakozaki shrine as ritual articles. Thin boards of Japanese cedar is bent and crafted i...
  • Hakata Doll
  • Hakata doll is said to have originated in the early 17th century when the clay used to make roof tile was diverted to make dolls. The excellent curves and real facial expressions of Hakata dolls capture the hearts of many and this beautiful craft had an ace-high reputation at the international ex...
  • Hakata Hariko
  • Hakata Hariko is said to have been created by doll makers from Osaka in the middle of the Edo period. People of Hakata have loved these traditional toys and used them as decoration at such occasions as boy's festival and Hakata Dontaku festival. They are made with high-quality Washi (Japanese pap...
  • Hakata koma (top toy)
  • Top toys were first introduced to Japan about 1300 years ago when bamboo tops were brought from China as a toy for children. Later in the 17th century, Hakata koma was made with wooden base and an inserted iron core as a spindle. Different from other top toys, Hakata koma spins very well with ver...
  • Chikuzen Hakata-ya (arrows)
  • Arrows have long been used in Japan as charms for health and safety of family and gainst bad lucks. Chikuzen Hakata Ya is said to have originated from the works of patronized craftmen of the old Tachibana clan in the 17th century. Chikuzen Hakata Ya, that were once popular as charms for warfares,...
  • Hakata Traditional Craft Center
  • 092-409-5450
    6-1, Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

    Hakata Traditional Craft Center exhibits the most famous traditional crafts of Fukuoka including Hakataori textile and Hakata dolls. It opened in spring of 2011 as a new tourist spot where you can learn about the culture of Fukuoka.

    Hakataori textile and Hakata dolls are the most famous tradit...
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