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Higo-zogan, or Higo inlay metalwork, is a traditional craft in which gold and silver leaf are used to inlay intricate designs onto an iron base. The production of this craft started with inlay designs...

Metalwork in Kumamoto includes the following crafts: Higo-zogan, which originated from sword accessories; Kawashiri and Hitoyoshi-Kuma cutting tools, such as kitchen knives, farm hoes and sickles; and...

Kumamoto’s modern ceramics industry began about 400 years ago. When the Hosokawa family moved to Higo Province (now Kumamoto) in 1632, potters also settled in the area and built kilns. Koda ware from ...

Paper manufacturing in Kumamoto developed in the Edo Period thanks to the promotion of new industries by Higo Domain. Mulberry production was prevalent in the area, and washi (Japanese paper) was used...

Yamaga lanterns, also called Yamaga-toro, are created using only washi paper and glue to create a three-dimensional shape. These lanterns originated about 600 years ago in the Muromachi Period when pa...

Woodworking has thrived in Kumamoto since the Edo Period thanks to the prefecture’s many forests. The Hitoyoshi-Kuma area is famous for its furniture such as chests and various woodturning items made ...

Bamboo flourishes in Kumamoto, and it is used to make a number of practical objects, such as farming tools, fishing gear, and shallow baskets. Bamboo craftsmen set up their workshops near bamboos fore...

Many of these toys were traditionally made for children using readily available materials with the hope that the children would grow up strong and healthy. Toys are still made in Kumamoto using color ...