Due to natural catastrophes affecting different areas in Japan, craftsmen are facing new problems to continue with their traditional arts. To face this challenge, they have come up with different projects to solve their current situation.
Here are some designs and projects that caught my eye.
Flavour Green Tea, Blueberry and Figs Jams and Sake by Ichihara ArtxMix (Japanese only) , Chiba Prefecture
Tea by Kusunoki Clean (Japanese only), Yamaguchi Prefecture
Paper “Kinokami” (literally “wood paper”) by PaPaCo Yoshino, Nara Prefecture. PaPaCo Yoshino produces wood and paper goods with discarded Japanese Cedar and Cypress wood. Kinokami reuses thin timber material to create new materials from paper craft to origami papers and letter writing paper.
Paper cards, lamps and mobiles by Kamimino (Japanese only), Gifu Prefecture
Beautiful Cedar wood tumblers and plates from SHIZQ, Tokushima Prefecture. Their work is focused on finding better ways to utilise the discarded wood and revive the mountains and rivers in Kamiyama.
Wood chopsticks and card cases by Miemon, Mie Prefecture
“Coppa” wood houses and “Sugi” stool by Yamamori Project (Japanese only), Yamagata Prefecture
Wood toys by Teco LLC, Aomori Prefecture
The tableware brand KIKOF from Shiga Prefecture, started last Summer as part of Mother Lake Products Project. “KIKOF” beautiful pottery is jointly developed by Tokyo-based KIGI brand and artisans working in traditional crafts based around Lake Biwa (Shiga Prefecture).
Lotus Root inspired vases by U Tochigi Design, Tochigi Prefecture
ACCESSORIES & TEXTILES
Footwear made of Cypress wood by Rendez-vous Project, Shizuoka Prefecture
Aizu Cotton lunch bags by IIE (Japanese only), Fukushima Prefecture
Deer horn buttons, pendants and earrings by Ocica, Miyagi Prefecture. Ocica (“Oshika” means deer in Japanese) is jewellery handcrafted by women in a small fishermen village in Oshika Peninsula that was severely damaged by the tsunami in 2011. Products are made of deer horn and fishnet and shape like a “Dream Catcher”. In Japan, deer horn has been traditionally a symbol of life. Women in Oshika make these accessories, praying for their community and the disaster areas to be rebuilt, and for the happiness and dreams of all of you wearing and cherishing Ocica.
This free show should appeal to anyone who likes product design. Also perfect to get cool souvenirs to bring back home!
I’d like to thank D47 MUSEUM’s staff that kindly let me shoot inside their beautiful Museum… ありがとうございます!!
Shibuya Hikarie 8F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Direct access from JR Shibuya Station. Exhibition Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Admission 19:30). ENDS on February 15, 2015.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published. However, be sure to confirm all details directly with the D47 Museum website here before planning your visit.
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