This website features Sendai’s great traditional arts and crafts
which attract everyone from all over Japan.
We hope that the site will convey the appeal of these beautiful crafts and the craftsmen.
The Ogatsu inkstone is made out of natural “Ogatsu stone” from Ogatsu town, in Ishinomaki-city. A history book indicates people in this district have produced inkstone since 1396.
The Sendai fishing pole has existed since the Edo period. It is a traditional craft art developed in Sendai that the first feudal lord Masamune Date, favored to use for sweetfish fishing.
The production of Naruko lacquer ware first began in the Kanei era (1624~1643) of the Edo period. Toshichika Date, the lord of Iwadeyama castle, sent a lacquerer and a gold lacquer master to Kyoto.
The origin of Sendai Ofude (writing brush) began when Matabei Komura, a very skilled brush maker from Osaka, started to serve Sendai Clan’s first lord Masamune Date.
Shouaihiyashizome has been passed from generation to generation in the Chiba family. It is said that Shouaihiyashizome is Japan’s oldest dyeing technique to exist to this present day.
When Koji Chiba first opened Chibakou textile factory in the Wakayanagi district of Kurihara City, the production of silk or sericulture flourished.
Kokuji ware has a history over 200 years, and there are several details of its crafting that has never changed.
In the Iwaki area, Fukushima, a lot of dyeing workshops began making E-nobori picture banner and people have decorated with them on boys’ day as a local custom.
Shiroishi Washi is the Japanese paper which has been protected and developed by family members of Date, lord of the Sendai, and the family of Katakura, lord of Shiroishi castle. Now, people who love making Shiroishi Washi have made a home for the craft so everyone can enjoy its beauty.
Tsutsumi dolls are beautiful dolls born in the pottery town.
A thirteenth generation craftsman produces beautiful dolls through build-to-order manufacturing
Paper stencil and paste dyeing creates beautiful splashed patterns and tie-dyed designs.
They will continue to be used and be useful to people.
Yanagiu-Washi started in Yanagiu area in Sendai over 400 years ago. Muneyoshi Yanagi, leader of Japanese folk art movement, loved and used it for binding of his private printing books.
The bogwood craft is a traditional handcraft created since the Edo period (1603-1868). Now only one craftsman makes bogwood crafts.
Sendai Tsuishu has been crafted and developed over approximately 100 years, and has notably won a “Good Design Award 2011”.
Kokeshi dolls have been made as a toy for children for a long time, and the dolls have unique designs and features rooted in each region.
Tsutsumi ware is simple, warm pottery made out of Sendai clay and glaze. You may find your own “one-of-a-kind”.
Tamamushi lacquer ware combines concepts of “chemistry of traditional craftsmanship and science” and “product for overseas market”.
Most Sendai Tansu have been used for over one hundred years because they are so majestic and solid.
Sendaihira is silk fabric of the highest quality made by Sendaihira & Co. Ltd. It has been produced in Sendai since Edo period.
Shino-bamboo craft – One of the biggest craft-works in Iwadeyama which has been used s a kitchen tool when they wash rice, and they also put dishes and food in it by local people.
Handsome looking blue daruma doll which gives luck and spirits to your life.