“LOCAL CRAFT JAPAN” selects local craftsmaking areas and builds travel plans based on the following criteria in order to introduce the unique richness of each region in Japan. We invite you to visit the sites of craftsmanship and experience what we consider to be “craft” and “journey”.
Craftspeople create things in the context of the nature, climate, and lifestyle-culture in a local area, and provide a link between a region's unique history of local craftsmanship to the present and future.
Things that are produced with a commitment to processing and technique, which can only be created by human hands. Where materials are chosen with sensitivity and with values that match the times we live in.
Crafts are in daily use, and yet, are something that evolve and refine to suit changing times.
By visiting the sites and origins of traditional craftsmanship, you will discover a part of Japan yet to be seen in the guidebooks.
Contemplate the story of local craft, by visiting and engaging with each craftsperson who makes things with a love of nature, its materials, its history, and its people.
A visit to see the daily life of a local craftsmaking area is a way of savoring a day, the mid-point of a centuries-old story that links the past with the future. Embrace this one day in a year: yesterday, today and tomorrow will never be the same day again.