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“Tokyo Teshigoto Exhibition” Showcases the Future of Traditional Crafts

2018.06.05

Yuragi Bonsai, winner of the Tokyo Governor’s Prize. A mobile that sways with natural movements and incorporating the techniques used to create the flowers that adorned traditional Edo Kimekomi-ningyo dolls. Creator: Yuji Okada / Design: Kotoko Hirata, Mami Takemoto

 

Polished and refined by the artisans of old Edo and handed down faithfully to the present day, the traditional crafts of Japan’s capital have a firmly established place in the hearts of its residents. The Tokyo Teshigoto initiative was founded to promote the city’s handicrafts or teshigoto to a wider audience inside Japan and around the world.

Ten products developed with the support of the initiative in 2017 were unveiled at a recent exhibition for the first time, with prizes including the Tokyo Governor’s Award awarded to the finest achievements.

Sokei, winner of the Tokyo 150th Anniversary Prize. The tang of this hand-forged knife blends merges seamlessly with its wooden handle. Creators: Yoichiro Ishizuka, Shojiro Ishizuka / Design: Kunio Sugimoto

Tokyo Honzome Tenugui Okurumi, winner of the Small and Medium Enterprise Support Center President’s Prize. Honzome is one of Tokyo’s trademark dyeing techniques, often used for yukata (summer kimono) and tenugui (hand towels). Here a traditionally dyed tenugui has been made into an okurumi for swaddling babies. It can even be remade into a stuffed toy! Creator: Ichiro Takizawa / Design: Kotoko Hirata, Mami Takemoto


The exhibition will run until June 12, the “Tokyo Teshigoto Exhibition” will continue at Mitsukoshi’s Nihonbashi store. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy a hands-on encounter with the best that Tokyo Teshigoto’s designers and artisans have to offer.

 

Event Details


Iki Evolves: Tokyo Teshigoto Exhibition

Dates: May 30 (Wed)–June 12 (Tue)
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Venue: Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store, 5th Floor “Life Mining” Gallery (1-4-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo)
Details: Exhibition and sale of the Tokyo Teshigoto Project’s 2017 products; demonstrations by artisans; tasting sessions for this year’s new tea crop

https://tokyoteshigoto.tokyo/news/2018springnihonbashimitsukoshi (Japanese only)

https://tokyoteshigoto.tokyo/en/concept/ (English page for Tokyo Teshigoto initiative)