All Kinds of Craftwork Gathered in Craft Town Matsumoto

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Sun, Jun 15, 2014
All Kinds of Craftwork Gathered in Craft Town Matsumoto

Matsumoto is now popular by its oldest castle in Japan, but it is also famous for “Craft Town” among many Japanese.

In addition to folk handicraft makers, shops and the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum, now some popular craftspersons escaped from urban life and lives in Matsumoto and the neighbor town Hotaka, Azumino. You can see and buy craftworks and “Matsumoto Furniture” in some shops in Nakamachi Street.

Once in every year — the last weekend of May, Craft Fair Matsumoto, which is the biggest and oldest craft fair (field exhibition) in Japan, is held in the beautiful park “Agatanomori”.

300 craft artists selected among 1000+ applicants from all over Japan exhibit and sell all kind of craftwork including lacquer ware, pottery, silk, wood, dyeing, etc.

Here are photos of this year’s Craft Fair;

Lacquer ware used for miso soup and other Japanese dishes
Traditional “Mastumoto broom” handmade from special grass, now popular in Japan because it is ecological and tasteful

Demonstration of silk weaving (you can experience it freely)
Silkworms you can touch!

Wooden chopsticks and spoons made from various kinds of tree
Clocks even hands of which are made from wood

Metal kanji characters
Clothes dyed by natural materials

Ceramics craft
It's a small world (really tiny craft works)

Kitchen knives and frying pans
Tableware some of which are small chair shape

Leather shoes

Village blacksmiths' booth is popular every year
Fashionable hats