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8 facilities where you can see, touch and experience the Hiroshima brand of traditional crafts

8 facilities where you can see, touch and experience the Hiroshima brand of traditional crafts

2021-05-24 Management office

Hiroshima has many traditional crafts that have been handed down over the years.
All of them are first-rate crafts that have been polished over time, and some of the best traditional crafts in Japan can be found in Hiroshima's unique products. As "The Hiroshima Brand," Hiroshima's traditional crafts are being introduced to the world, and there is a wide range of traditional crafts, from fashionable items to items that you will want to use for a long time.
Some of these traditional crafts of the Hiroshima brand can be seen actually being made, and some can be experienced, so please visit a traditional Hiroshima craft facility to see for yourself.
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Kumano brush

When it comes to calligraphy brushes, paint brushes, and other brush-related matters, the Kumano brush is a traditional Hiroshima craft.
Although this craft has been around since the Edo period, the Kumano brush from Hiroshima is now considered the most popular and expensive of all brushes. In fact, when it comes to the art, many artists come to Kumano brushes. A brush made using a baby's first cut hair is called a "fetal hair brush ", and people who make them to commemorate the birth of their children also order them from Kumano Brushes.

Familiar to women is the makeup brush!

Familiar to women, the Kumano brush has become the brush of choice for women who are particular about their makeup.
Because of its high quality, it is said that once you buy it, it will last a lifetime, and you will be quite pleased if you receive it as a gift.

You can actually see and buy them at the Brush Village Studio.

Visitors can watch a demonstration of Kumano brushes, see and buy a variety of brushes, and experience brush making.
The museum also has exhibits of works of art made with brushes, so even those who are not interested in brushes can enjoy themselves throughout the day, making it a must-see facility if you visit Hiroshima.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Fudesato Kobo (Brush Village Studio)
Address: 5-17-1 Nakamizo, Kumano-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima 731-4214
Phone number: 082-855-3010
Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday
Price:800yen for adults/250yen for elementary and junior high school students/No material for children not yet in school
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: A museum of the Kumano brush, one of Hiroshima's traditional crafts, where visitors can observe the history of this traditional craft.
URL: http://fude.or.jp/jp/

Hiroshima Buddhist Temple

Hiroshima butsudan is one of the 222 traditional crafts in Japan.
There are seven manufacturing processes, known as shichi-sho. Each of these is combined to form a traditional craft. Hiroshima butsudan are superbly crafted, one by one, by hand, by traditional craftsmen of outstanding skill.

Hiroshima Butsudan features "gold "and Butsudan Street

Hiroshima butsudan is characterized by its use of gold and is spectacularly glittering.
The gold is stamped on a gold leaf base using a gofun base, which is the powder from oyster shells, a specialty of Hiroshima. There is a street in Hiroshima called "Butsudan Dori "lined with butsudan (Buddhist altar) shops, where you can casually enter and look at them.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Butsudan Street
Address: Horikawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 730-0000
Space and Facilities: One street south of Ebisu Street, the street was named Butsudan Street because of the many butsudan (Buddhist altar) shops that have been there since ancient times. Stop by to see the many gleaming butsudan (Buddhist altar) shops that still exist today and take a look at the traditionally crafted Hiroshima butsudan.

Miyajima work

When you visit Miyajima, you may notice the odd shoji, and that is because Miyajima-zaiku is one of Hiroshima's traditional crafts.
The Chugoku region has long been rich in forests, and woodworking has flourished on Miyajima Island. Miyajima carving and rokuro-zaiku, for example, are characterized by the natural texture of the wood grain.

It is also easy to incorporate into your daily life.

Miyajima-zaiku's cute, colonized pieces are easy to incorporate into one's daily life.
It is also a traditional craft that can be used for many years.

You can also experience Miyajima carving.

Visitors can experience Miyajima carving and coloring on easily made trays.
Traditional craftsmen of Miyajima-zaiku and Miyajima-bori carving will give you direct instruction so that you can have a valuable experience. There is also a hands-on ladle making course for 400 yen.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Miyajima Traditional Industry Hall
Address: 1165-9 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0505
Phone number: 0829-44-1758
Business hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Every Monday (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Budget: 1,900 yen (including tax) with 15 cm round tray 400 yen (including tax) for making ladle
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space & Facilities: You can actually make Miyajima-zaiku, a traditional craft of Miyajima. You can participate easily and make a traditional craft that will last a lifetime.
URL: http://miyajimazaiku.com/

Fukuyama Kim

The only musical instrument among the traditional crafts is the Fukuyama Koto, which is made in Fukuyama. Fukuyama koto boasts 70% of the nation's production and is a representative traditional craft of Hiroshima.

Feel free to play one song at Fukuju Hall.

They offer a Fukuyama Koto experience where you can practice with them for an hour and learn to play one simple piece of music on the koto. It is located near Fukuyama Castle, so it is recommended to visit there in combination with sightseeing.
While listening to an explanation of the koto, you can actually touch the Fukuyama koto and learn to make sounds and play tunes, making it a valuable experience.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Fukuju Kaikan
Address: 1-8-9, Marunouchi 1-chome, Fukuyama, Hiroshima 720-0061, Japan
Phone number: 084-923-1516
Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Right near Fukuyama Castle, you can listen to an explanation of the Fukuyama Koto and actually touch it and learn to play one piece. You can also have them dress you in a kimono, so make a reservation if you want to experience it.

wooden stick with a burned tip (used to create underdrawings)

The Kawajiri brush is as popular as the Kumano brush.
This company also produces a wide variety of brushes for calligraphy and makeup. The wool brushes in particular are gems that the craftsmen are especially passionate about creating.

Brushes made with care, time and skill at the Kawajiri Brush Making Museum

From the selection of raw bristles to the highest quality bristles are sorted, and the process is carried out by hand, paying attention to weather and even time. At the Kawajiri Brush Making Museum, you can see the manufacturing process of Kawajiri brushes and works made from the brushes. There are also tools and raw materials for brush making, so you can actually touch and feel them.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Kawajiri Fudezukuri Shiryokan (Kawajiri Brush Making Museum)
Address: 502-39 Kawajiri-cho, Kure City, Hiroshima 737-2631
Phone number: 0823-87-2390
Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space & Facilities: You can see materials of Kawajiri brushes at Noro Mountain where you can view the Seto Inland Sea. Among the many brushes, Kawajiri brushes are the most famous and chosen by many people.
URL: http://www.norosan.or.jp/kanko/shiryo.html

Miyajima ware

Miyajima-yaki, with its rustic and distinctive flavor, is characterized by its motif of maple trees, the symbol of Miyajima.
The Osunayaki, filled with sand under the main shrine of Itsukushima Shrine, is famous, and all of the pottery is to be used in everyday life as treasures.

You can try your hand at painting Miyajima-yaki pottery at Yamane Taigando!

You can try your hand at painting at Yamane Taigando, the official kiln of Itsukushima Shrine.
If you paint on unglazed teacups, plates, bowls, and mugs, they will be baked and sent to you. Depending on the size, the cost ranges from 1,300 yen to 3,500 yen for painting, plus shipping.
If you want to take your time and continue to use your own painted Shimo-Miyajima pottery, please join us.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Yamane Taigendo
Address: 1-3-39 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0411
Phone number: 0829-56-0027
Business hours: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Regular day off: irregular
Budget: 1,300-3,500 yen for painting experience
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: You can paint your own Miyajima-yaki pottery, which is also popular as The Hiroshima brand.
URL: https://miyajimayaki.jp/

Back up Ikat

Bingo kasuri, characterized by its simple patterns, is also famous for its rarity. 160 years later, craftsmen are still weaving it by hand on retro machines. The fabric is cool in summer and warm in winter, making it a popular kasuri for people of all ages.
It is one of the three major kasuri in Japan, and is used not only for kimono and clothing, but also for accessories.

Fukuyama Shinichi Museum of History and Folklore

The museum offers visitors a chance to see and learn about hand-woven kasuri (kasuri fabric) tools and how Bingo kasuri is made, and to try their hand at spinning yarn. Visitors can also try their hand at spinning yarn. The museum also sells knick-knacks, so if you find a pattern you like, you can buy it as a souvenir. The retro patterns are also suitable for interior decoration.

"Facility Information "
Name: Fukuyama Shinichi Museum of History and Folklore
Address: 916 Shinichi-machi, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 729-3103
Phone number: 0847-52-2992
Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday
Budget: Free
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Visitors can learn about the history and production process related to Bingo Kasuri, including hand-woven kasuri machines.
URL: https://www.city.fukuyama.hiroshima.jp/soshiki/shinichi-rekimin/

Three times humanoid

This is a clay figurine (made of clay) known as a tertiary deco. It is characterized by its generally smooth and shiny appearance. The simple shape and distinctive face give a heartwarming impression and are well-liked by many people.
You can see these Miyoshi dolls on doll stands and other places during the Girls' Festival and other festivals. In Hiroshima, it is said that if you send a Miyoshi doll on the occasion of the first Doll's Festival, the doll will grow up healthy, making it a popular traditional craft.

Small and easy to decorate, it also matches the times.

Currently, only one kiln in Tokaichi-cho, Miyoshi City makes these dolls, and visitors can observe the painting process after making an inquiry at the Miyoshi Doll Kiln (Hanaen Kiln), which is the only kiln that makes them.
It is also famous for its recent rise in popularity as it matches the modern housing situation where buying dolls and May dolls makes it difficult to find a place to put them.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Miyoshi Doll Kiln
Address: 4-12-7 Tokaichi-Minami, Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 728-0014
Phone number: 0824-63-7502
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Visitors can observe work at the last remaining Miyoshi doll kiln.


We have gathered together facilities where you can see, touch and experience traditional crafts that have been handed down in Hiroshima. I want to see! to "I want to touch! I want to touch it! Have you found something you would like to see and touch?
All of the traditional crafts are unique and can be used for a lifetime, so please visit the facilities and see them in person. They will surely become treasures that will stay with you forever, along with your memories.

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