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.
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.
The “DENSAN Association” was established in 1975 to promote 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 center of Tokyo.
Based on a Japanese Government program to foster designated traditional crafts, until today (2015), METI
officially designated 222 product groups as Traditional Japanese Craft products selected from over
of traditional craft product groups in Japan.
The DENSAN Association also actively promotes Japanese Handicrafts on a global scale and contributes to their market expansion.
What are officially designated traditional Japanese crafts?1 Articles must be used routinely in everyday life.
2 Articles must be primarily manufactured by hand.
3 Articles must be manufactured implementing traditional techniques at least 100 years old.
4 Main materials used have remained unchanged for at least 100 years.
5 Manufacturing should be regionally established to a certain scale
(All criteria must be fulfilled)
OUR SHOP IN JAPAN
Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square
Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square in Tokyo exhibits and sells a wide range of traditional handicrafts from all over Japan.
Address: Akasaka Oji Bldg. 1F, 8-1-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN
Open Hours: 11:00 - 19:00 7 days a week (Except Year-end/New Year holidays)
OUR OFFICE IN JAPAN
DENSAN - The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries
Fax: +81 3 5785 1002
Address: Akasaka Oji Bldg. 2F, 8-1-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN
Organized by DENSAN The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries
Produced by SAS ENIS
Reproduction is prohibited without prior approval of DENSAN.