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2018.06.25

Workshop at ‘Sanjo Manufacturing School’, ‘Sanjo Kaji Dojo’ and Kamo Kiritansu studio

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Niigata is one of the top regions for producing traditional crafts in Japan. Hinako is looking forward to seeing crafts being made and experiencing crafts making herself.

Mom and Daughter, Michiyo and Hinako from Kanagawa prefecture have been to Niigata for the first time. Hinako has been interested in traditional crafts for some time so she was interested in learning some aspects of the industry.

One spring day, Michiyo and Hinako went off to visit Niigata in search of traditional crafts.

They were keen to see as many crafts as possible during their time in Niigata.

① ‘makie’ workshop at Yamada Butsudanten ‘Nuriba’ in Sanjo Manufacturing School

三条ものづくり学校

They took a Shinkansen to Tsubame-Sanjo station. When they arrived, they went to Sanjo ‘Monozukuri’ school (Sanjo Manufacturing School) straight away.

三条ものづくり学校

The building used to be an elementary school but now it has turned into a place where the Sanjo city council gave the management contract to the private sector. It has been established in order to introduce brilliant local traditional crafts and develop business opportunities inside and outside of Sanjo. Workshops are held for visitors.

There are showcases displaying manufacturing structures in details at the entrance.

三条ものづくり学校

Each area has been decorated with interesting descriptions related to the craft. It offers unique and enjoyable time for all visitors.

They took part in ‘makie’ workshop at Yamada Butsudanten ‘Nuriba’. This workshop is held every weekend. They made an appointment for the ‘makie’ workshop beforehand. It was the first time for them trying their hand in makie painting.

山田仏壇店 体験工房「塗場」

A qualified ‘makie’ craftsman introduced the history and the process of Butsudan making in the workshop at first. You can choose one from various things such as a smartphone case, chopsticks, coasters and so on. They chose a small hand mirror to paint a traditional pattern at the back of it.

山田仏壇店 体験工房「塗場」

You can select from a great number of paper templates, or if you are confident enough, you may choose to paint whatever you wish.

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A substitute paint was used for the workshop for the protection of your skin for the workshop.

山田仏壇店 体験工房「塗場」

They are concentrating on painting the pattern they chose under watchful eyes of the instructor.

山田仏壇店 体験工房「塗場」

Michiyo is coating the base. Once it has been done, colored powder is sprinkled on it and leave it to dry for about 30 minutes.

山田仏壇店 体験工房「塗場」

Michiyo and Hinako were very pleased with the creation each and excited to take them home with them.

山田仏壇店 体験工房「塗場」

There is another workshop by Sanjo Butsudan called ‘kanagu (clasp)’. A craftsman is showing an example.

山田仏壇店 体験工房「塗場」

Please check the workshop schedules on the homepage and making a reservation is highly recommended.

TEL: 0256-34-6700 8:30~22:00HP Sanjo Manufacturing School

It cost 1,200 yen each to Michiyo and Hinako for the workshop on this occasion. However, the fee may varies depending on the materials used in the workshop.

② ‘Paper Knife making’ work shop course at ‘Sanjo Kaji Dojo’

And then they went to ‘Sanjo Kaji Dojo’ next. You may find it little difficult to get to but there is a big signboard behind the railway track.

三条鍛冶道場

Sanjo is known as one of the leading cities for ironmongery throughout Japan. It has a long history of the craftsmanship. Anyone could learn about their skills in the ‘Sanjo Kaji Dojo’.

三条鍛冶道場

Some experienced craftsmen are standing by to teach beginners or someone with more experiences.

三条鍛冶道場

Michiyo and Hinako chose the ‘Paper Knife making’ course. This course is held every Sunday. There are other interesting courses are also available such as ‘Nail making’ and ‘Knife sharpening’. They put on an apron and were given the material, ‘Gosun-kugi (appox. 15cm nail)’.

三条鍛冶道場

Skilled craftsmen are there to offer any advise or assistance.

三条鍛冶道場

Sparks may fly when you hit the nail but have no fear, if you use the way you’ve shown by craftsmen, no need to worry at all. If you are over 10 years old, anyone can try it!

三条鍛冶道場

Then you’ll see the nail changing gradually into a knife shape eventually.

As a finishing touch, the failing machine was used to smooth the surface even.

三条鍛冶道場

You can experience each stage of hammering, scraping and polishing step by step during the course. It takes appox. 30 to 40 min. entirely.

三条鍛冶道場

Metal samples of works by the great craftsmen are on display in the showcases, such as nail clippers, garden shears, kitchen knives, etc. Michiyo bought a handy knife for her husband as a little souvenir.

包丁研ぎ体験

The courses varies from time to time, so please check the homepage for more information.

workshop:everyday excdept close day

9:00〜17:00 (cut-off time 15:30)
close・・・Mondays, 12/29 to 1/3 (If the Monday is holiday, the next day)
※We accept request of participate everyday except Mondays。

HP kajidojo.com about schedule.

③ Making pencil box at one of ‘Kamo Kiri Tansu’ studio

Sanjo and Kamo are close enough to go around within a day.

桐簞笥の町加茂

After Sanjo, they went to Kamo. It is famous for Paulownia wooden furniture called ‘Kamo Kiri Tansu’ which is a well-established a brand name for the town.

野本桐凾製作所

Michiyo and Hinako made an appointment first because they wouldn’t normally accept visitors. They went to ‘Nomoto Kirihako Seisakusho’ this time.

野本桐凾製作所

They found furniture made of Kiri (Paulownia), Keyaki (Zelcova) and etc. in the studio.

野本桐凾製作所

Hinako was surprised to see how smooth the drawers were for a touch. It could have been the first time to learn how ‘Tansu’ were assembled.(Photo: sendai tansu)

野本桐凾製作所

She put together a pencil box from pieces in the workshop. An experienced craftsman showed her the way she could put together each piece.

She found out that boxes were assembled without use of a single nail.

野本桐凾製作所

She was told that making kiri box successfully would be the first step for making a ‘Kiri Tansu’.

野本桐凾製作所

You can keep your box as a souvenir.

野本桐凾製作所

Please make sure to call and make an appointment for any visit.

今回ご紹介したワークショップをしてくださったのは、野本桐凾製作所さん。現地で見学/体験をしたい方は、予約可能か必ず事前に問い合わせてお出かけください。

Nomoto Kirihako Seisakusho TEL: 0256-52-1513

Kamo Kiri Tans Association HP TEL: 0256-52-0445

They had a great time with 3 workshops on this trip. They said that they would like to try some other workshops such as waving next time. After all the hard work, they enjoyed Onsen and Sushi before heading home.

Michiyo was interested in craftsmen’s work but she had no idea what was involved, so this was a good discovery trip for her with her mom.

They enjoyed ‘onsen’ and fresh sushi from Japanese Sea. And they managed to include some sightseeing. The trip was most enjoyable and satisfied, they said. Make it more interesting by combining with learning and experiencing like Michiyo and Hinako when you plan a trip to Niigata.

Kamo’s tourist memo

‘Koinobori’ on Kamo River

加茂川周辺加茂川周辺加茂川周辺 マスカガミ加茂川周辺加茂川周辺 青海神社

Snow Camellia in shrine park blossom beautifully in the early spring. From middle of April to all May, hundreds of ‘Koinobori (Carp)’· are displayed above the river ‘Kamogawa’. The view of waving plenty of colourful ‘Koinobori’ in the clean river and blue sky is splendid.

Kamo is called ‘Small Kyoto’ with its historical streetscape where remain here and there. There is a local sake brewery ‘Masukagami’ and have remains of old houses along the river so strolling river side is interesting.

The river used be used as delivery cannel for the merchandise ‘Kiri Tansu’. There are some trace of such cannels in the town. The view of laying Kiri wood board to dry in the sun is a common sight in this area.

Aumi shrine in Kamo has a building with beautiful wooden sculpture on the inter joist. They are best example about the skill of the area. It might be interesting to visit and enjoy a local area in this regard.


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