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Handmade crafts are disappearing one-by-one from our daily lives. Not so long ago, nature blessed us with all the materials necessary to create the objects we needed for everyday life, and we had the wisdom and ingenuity to make the things we needed to feed, cloth and shelter ourselves. Life moves at a much faster pace now and the handmade things we once took for granted have nearly all been replaced by machine-made gadgets. The warmth and beauty which crafts once brought into our lives have nearly disappeared. Bamboo basketry is one of them. At handmadejapan.com, you will not only enjoy the site, but also you can purchase the handmade crafts that are featured. handmadejapan.com is about things made by hand for use in our daily lives. There was a time not long ago when people made most of the things they needed for everyday life with their own hands out of natural materials. Times have changed. Today, we have little to show for our work at the end of the day. handmadeJapan.com believes the craftsman’s way of life should not be forgotten. Our goal is to make sure that fine craftsmanship is not only a thing of the past, but a part of the future. We offer information about fine handmade objects, about the people who make them today, and the materials and techniques they use. Because the best way to appreciate the special beauty of handmade things is to use them yourself, we offer some of them for sale on our website

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May 5, 2015

from Notohttp://urushitanteidan2014.blogspot.co.uk

Handed down over the centuries, the craftsmanship of Wajima lacquerware is without doubt one of the major cultural achievements to be found on the Noto Peninsula. Today, however, the place of lacquerware in the daily life of the Japanese has changed. As a result production levels have fallen and fewer and fewer young people are now willing to learn the skills of those craftspeople who have kept alive the tradition of this industrial craft.

For sometime now at handmadejapan.com, we have been keeping a close eye on the changes that have occurred and have tried to lend our support by promoting new and interesting ways to use lacquerware at home, while also reporting on just what is happening in this prime true lacquerware production centre. Along with the 20-member-strong Wajima Lacquerware Study Group we have organized a number of events and done our best to promote their activities.

Furthermore, by drawing on the experience and knowledge of Bill Tingey, who lived and worked in Japan for 24 years, we are making a renewed effort as of April 2015 to foster support by backing the blog from Noto. After studying at University in Tokyo, Bill Tingey stayed on in Japan. He worked as a photographer, did research on architecture and craft and also found time to do a great deal of translation and writing on many aspects of Japanese craft and culture. The features presented in the blog are diverse, uniquely knowledgeable, and even challenging as they spring from Bills unequalled experience of Japan as a whole.

Its overall aim is to introduce aspects of the history, culture, climate and landscape along with news, views and commentary from the Noto Peninsula, which is situated on the Japan Sea coast. Being a peninsula, in some respects time has stood still compared to the rest of Japan. Nevertheless this is something of a benefitthe local festivals and ceremonies are really distinctive as is the area itself, and the local cuisine is particularly interesting. Some of the best things about Japan are, therefore, still there to be enjoyed.

Also giving their support to this blog is the Wajima Lacquer Study Group. All its members are either actively engaged in the production of true lacquerware items or their promotion and sales. All are consummate professionals with endless reserves of knowledge and experience.

Why not join the increasing number of readers who now number almost 2000 and follow from NOTO.


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