DENSAN-The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries

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  • 8-1-22 Akasaka
  • 1070052 Minato-ku Tokyo
  • Japan

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Our Association was established in 1975 to promote officially designated Traditional Craft Industries in Japan, in affiliation with the Government Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and operates a flagship store in Aoyama, in the centre of Tokyo.

Based on a Japanese Government programme to foster designated traditional crafts, until today,METI has officially designated 230 product groups as Traditional Japanese Craft products selected from over thousands of traditional craft product groups in Japan.

All criteria below must be fulfilled to be 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

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

Rooted in century-old traditional techniques, these handcrafted household items have developed over times in accordance with changes in our lifestyles and still remain an essential part in our everyday life.

It is our mission to support and to carry into the future the refined skills and sentiments of the craftspeople who have inherited and cultivated this rich tradition.

We also actively promote Japanese Handicrafts on a global scale and have opened our showroom “ESPACE DENSAN” in Paris, to showcase these Traditional Crafts to the professional customers, and to contribute to the market expansion.

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WATABUN CO., LTD. / NISHIJIN-ORI (WEAVING)

WATABUN CO., LTD. is a Nishijin obi (sash for kimono) company that has continued its century-old...

DENSAN-The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries 8-1-22 Akasaka 1070052 Minato-ku Tokyo Japan +81 357851001 den@kougei.or.jp

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MOMENTUM FACTORY ORII / TAKAOKA-DOKI (METALWORK)

MOMENTUM FACTORY ORII is the only company in the world that develops colorful products made of...

DENSAN-The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries 8-1-22 Akasaka 1070052 Minato-ku Tokyo Japan +81 357851001 den@kougei.or.jp

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KOUSEIDO / KYO-HYOGU (MOUNTING)

A craftsman at KOUSEIDO like his father before him, Tanaka Yoshishige is heir to Kyoto’s tradition...

DENSAN-The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries 8-1-22 Akasaka 1070052 Minato-ku Tokyo Japan +81 357851001 den@kougei.or.jp

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YUUYUUSYA ARAKO / MINO-YAKI (CERAMICS)

The Yuuyuusha handicraft studio stands on the site of the Arakogama, a kiln that saw its heyday in...

DENSAN-The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries 8-1-22 Akasaka 1070052 Minato-ku Tokyo Japan +81 357851001 den@kougei.or.jp

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KAMAKURABORI SANSUIDO Inc. / KAMAKURABORI (LACQUERWARE)

KAMAKURABORI is a form of lacquerware with a history going back over 800 years. It is thought to...

DENSAN-The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries 8-1-22 Akasaka 1070052 Minato-ku Tokyo Japan +81 357851001 den@kougei.or.jp

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Ambiente 2018

09.02.2018 - 13.02.2018 Hall: 9.0 Stand: F OY01

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