Fukuoka Kogei Week

START: Oct 26, 2018 END: Nov 4, 2018

See examples of Fukuoka’s traditional crafts at twenty shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and other venues inside Fukuoka City. Workshops and craft-making experiences will be held at some shops.

• 10/26 (Fri.) ~ 11/4 (Sun.)

Participating shops (exhibition and sales)

Hakataori (weaving)
• Chikuzen Orimono

• Hotel Nikko Fukuoka
2-18-15 Hakata-ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• 0:00~24:00
• Closed: Never

Hakataori (weaving)
• Sanui Orimono

• CORDUROYcafé Daimyo
4F 247 Bldg., 15-35 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 11:00~3:00
• Closed: Never

Aganoyaki (ceramics)
• Koshingama

• PLAINPEOPLE Hakata Daimaru
3F Higashi Kan Elgala, Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin, 1-4-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 10:00~20:00
• Closed: Never

Koishiwarayaki (ceramics)
• Marutagama

• La Paniere de Nimes
1-6-38 Sakurazaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Lunch: weekday 11:30~15:00 (L.O. 14:00), Sun. and hol. 12:00~15:00 (L.O. 14:00), Dinner: 17:30~ (reservation required)
• Closed: 10/31 (Wed.)

Koishiwarayaki (ceramics)
• Hayakawa Kamamoto

• Umenoma
1F, 3-1-16 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 11:00~19:00
• Closed: 10/31 (Wed.)

Koishiwarayaki (ceramics)
• Tsurumigama

2F Shinobu Bldg., 1-1-7 Kego, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 11:00~20:00
• Closed: 10/30 (Tue.)

Koishiwarayaki (ceramics)
• Yamasan Yanase Kamamoto

2F, 2-12-17 Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 11:00~19:00
• Closed: 10/30 (Tue.)

Koishiwarayaki (ceramics)
• Yamamarugama

• Kirakira Cafe Toneriko
3-6-37 Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 11:30~18:00
• Closed: 10/29 (Mon.)

Koishiwarayaki (ceramics)
• Kanehagama

• U-house/ing
5-6 Tamagawa-machi, Minami-ku, Fukuoka
• 11:00~18:00
• Closed: 10/31 (Wed.)

Kurume Kasuri (weaving)
• Ikeda Kasuri Kobo

4F BiVi Fukuoka, 4-1-36 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Mon., Tue. and Fri.: 11:00~19:00, Sun. and Sat: 10:00~19:00
• Closed: 10/31 (Wed.), 11/1 (Thu.)

Yame Fukushima Butsudan (Buddhist altar)
• Urushi Kobo Iwaya

• wa lavie & le lien
10-4 Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• 10:30~19:30
• Closed: 10/31 (Wed.)

Hakata Magemono
• Hakata Magemono Tamaki

• Hibiya-Kadan Style
1F Fukuoka Mitsukoshi, 2-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 10:00~20:00
• Closed: Never

• Miyama City Commerce and Tourism Division

2F Hakata Riverain Mall, 3-1 Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• 10:30~19:30
• Closed: Never

Hakata Okiage
• Hakata Okiage Kobo

• Kyushu Marche
1F Hakata Riverain Mall, 3-1 Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• 10:30~19:30
• Closed: Never

Yame Sudare
• Shikada Sangyo

• FLANNEL SOFA Fukuoka Showroom
1F, 2-4-3 Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 11:00~19:00
• Closed: 10/31 (Wed.)

Fukuoka Sekiso Kogei Garasu
• Multi Glass

• abeki
3-7-13 Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 12:00~18:00
• Closed: 10/28 (Sun.), 10/29 (Mon.), 11/4 (Sun., *cafe is closed, but the gallery is open)

• Ikehiko Corporation

• sarasa design lab fukuoka
2F & 4F, 1-16-17 Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 11:00~19:00
• Closed: 10/30 (Tue.)

• Soejima Isao Shoten

• SHUGAR MARKET Fukuoka Tenjin
2F, 1-10-14 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 17:00~23:00 (L.O. 22:45), 12:00~16:00 (L.O. 15:30 *Sat., Sun. and hol. only)
• Closed: 10/29 (Mon.)

Takatoriyaki (ceramics)
• Takatori Hassengama

• Ishidobashi Shiratsugu
2-40 Gokusho-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• 12:00~15:00 (L.O. 14:30), 17:00~22:00 (L.O. 21:30)
• Closed: 10/29 (Mon.)

Takatoriyaki (ceramics)
• Takatoriyaki Soke

• Tokineri
1F Hakata Riverain Mall, 3-1 Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
• 10:30~19:30
• Closed: Never

*The shop hours and closed days listed here apply only during the event period.

Traditional Crafts of Fukuoka, Japan

Hakataori (weaving)
The traditional pattern of this high-quality textile that was once presented to the shogun is now a symbol of Hakata.

Hakataori cloth has a history of more than 770 years. It is said that its roots are from the Hakata merchants who brought the technique back with them from Song Dynasty China. The characteristic thick, tightly woven cloth is made by driving strong weft threads into many warp threads and has continued to be loved as the cloth used in obi sashes for kimono and yukata (cotton summer kimono) since long ago. In 1600, this special fabric was chosen by the first lord of the Chikuzen Fukuoka clan as an offering to the shogun. Because of this history, even now, the traditional pattern of Hakataori cloth is called “Kenjo-gara,” meaning “offering pattern,” and, as a symbolic pattern of the Hakata area, you can see it used in various places around town.

Aganoyaki (ceramics)
Based on pride and tradition. Aganoyaki tea ceramics that express the spirit of Japan’s unique tea ceremony.

The history of Aganoyaki dates back to 1602. It is said that a big feature of its roots is in the “cha sue” or tea pot used in tea ceremonies because the pottery was born from the encounter between the Korean pottery of Ri and Sankai and the first lord of the Buzen Kokura-han (clan), Hosokawa Tadaoki, whose teacher Sen no Rikyu laid the foundation for the tea ceremony. Also, there is pride and tradition because since the beginning of the ceramics studio, special pieces have been made for the lords to use. Now, the quality of the ceramics is backed by 400 years of history, with a fineness you can feel, and magnificent pieces continue to be produced one after another.

Koishiwarayaki (ceramics)
The origin of Koishiwarayaki pottery was when the 3rd lord of the Chikuzen Fukuoka clan, following Imari’s popularity in porcelain production, began making pottery in 1682. When the kiln was first opened, there was a time when porcelain was made but they came to make ceramics through developments from exchange with Takatoriyaki ceramics of the same region which had been used for tea dishes since 1669. The main feature of Koishiwarayaki is the regular pattern put in systematically using a brush or edge of a blade while the vessel turns on the wheel. Techniques called “tobiganna” (literally flying planes) and “hakeme” (brush eye) are used to create a pattern that is neat but warm. These various pieces for daily use have been made continuously through every era and they are still loved by people all over Japan.

Kurume kasuri (weaving)
Warmth created by the textured pattern for rustic beauty in everyday clothes.

Cotton fabric and Kurume kasuri cloth from the Chikugo region. In the past, durable cotton fabric ideal for work clothes was hand-woven in each household. For everyday wear, plain clothes with an emphasis on practicality were common 200 years ago. The technique of bringing a gentle pattern of texture out in the fabric was created by the accidental discovery of a farmer’s daughter. By dyeing the cotton threads then weaving, subtle misalignment occurred, resulting in a unique pattern. This is the main charm and feature of Kurume kasuri. Now, there are not only traditional geometric patterns and indigo dye, but many products are also being made with modern patterns and pop colors.

Yame Fukushima butsudan (Buddhist altar)
It is a symbol of Japanese faith, the crystallization craft workers’ skill.

The Yame region has been a place of strong Buddhist faith since ancient times, and a lot of historic temples still remain now. It is thought that because of this local character, butsudan production came to flourish in Yame. The manufacturing technology was established around 1850. From that time onwards, craftsmen divided the work of carving, finishing, etc. between a number of workers to create a single altar, a style which has been handed down to the present day. Currently it is divided into six branches, and about 80 processes are performed before completion. It is an exquisite piece that can be considered a collaborative art by expert craftsmen.

Hakata magemono
A very much Japanese daily tool.

Hakata magemono is a very important treasure for the everyday lives of Japanese people since the past. Especially in the rice cooking process in which excessive water should be spread away for the optimum humidity of good rice and thus the tool is loved till nowadays by people like sushi chefs. Depends of the usage and preservation the tool can be kept as long as 50 years, it is simply more than being long-lasting and reasonable. In early Showa times, the railway was being extensively developed and it bred the culture of carrying lunch boxes, and also the wide use of the tool.

The representative wooden toy in Kyushu.

Kijiguruma is a good representation of Kyushu wooden toy, it is simple but lovely. Since the ancient time, it is believed that the small kart heads for and thus bring luck, connections and harmony in family. It once appeared in the poem of Hakushu Kitahara and since then it became well known throughout the country. It is made from the wood of pine and princess tree without using nails. Instead one single hatchet is used for shaping and molding.

The toy appears in another form with a different number of wheels and design in various areas Northern Kyushu. Thus, Kijiguruma should be regarded as a general name for the toys with different localized characteristics in different communities.

Hakata okiage
The warmth and beauty from a piece of cloth, the Hakata traditional “pressing picture”.

Okiage means the 3-dimensional artwork done by adding cottons gingerly on a cloth. In Hakata, Kyushu, okiage is the best present when a baby girl is born. There, the art is specialized for its tiny but rich representations of the hand-drawn faces. It was first created by the emperor female servants in the Edo period, and spread by Chiga Murata, the wife of the famous painter Tohoh Murata who lived nearby the Suzaki-machi in Hakata area. Okiage was learnt as a form of liberal arts by Hakata girls in the Meiji and Taisho periods. The skill is now acquired and continued by Oyako Shimizu.

Yame sudare
The outstanding details of Yame Sudare is depicted in Man’yōshū.

It is commonly believed that sudare, bamboo blinds, were brought to Japan by the missions came back from Sui China in the Nara time. Later in the Heian time, it has already become the necessary item in the emperor castle. Since the Meiji time, Yame sudare has been massively produced in the Yame area. And recently, they are also displayed in hotels various kinds of store. Furthermore, they are also used in general households and shrines as a high-end item. They are also exported overseas.

Fukuoka Sekiso Kogei Garasu
The beauty of penetration and overlapping lights.

Fukuoka laminated glass was first made 90 years ago as a multiple-layer glass, and it’s widely loved by the residents in the prefecture as a form of daily life artwork. Glasses with different textures are put together and overlapping with each other to create a sense of high penetration of sunlight. Developing over generations, the glass has over 130 variations with unique, bright colors. They are being used as decorations and utensils to color people’s lives. The glass makers always aim to further improve and perfect the artwork and their passion polishes up the glasses, makes it remains stunning as time goes by.

Kakegawa is mainly used as rugs for Buddha altars, and they are produced in the Chikugo area, an area well-known as the habitat of soft rush. Kakegawa rugs are especially popular for its unique refreshing texture, the fragrance, the sharp color and smoothness when it’s folded. It’s believed that in the Ookimachi area with lots of soft rush, hostesses stayed at their farmers’ house and weaved the rugs. Originated 40 years ago, it remains as an important summer item for Chikugo residents.

For more information on the traditional crafts of Fukuoka, visit Crossroad Fukuoka.

Published: Sep 27, 2018 / Last Updated: Oct 20, 2018