Get These as Souvenirs! 5 Traditional Crafts from Fukuoka
Fukuoka, in Kyushu, has many of traditional crafts that are rooted in daily necessities, and they have continued to be loved for a long time. Here are 5 that are perfect for souvenirs, all of which are made with the techniques of high-quality craftsmen.
1. Hakata Magemono
Hakata Magemono was created in the Hakata region during the Edo period (1603 - 1867). They use thin pieces of wood like Japanese cedar or cypress bound together at the ends with strips of cherry bark. It creates a very light product that uses absolutely no metal.
Also, since it's breathable and retains moisture, it is often used for daily necessities such as rice storage or bento lunchboxes. You can find various items like bowls, trays, and even wine coolers.
Depending on the item, the price varies, but on average you can find items for around 6,000 - 7,000 JPY to tens of thousands.
Hakataori is another famous Hakata product that is a plain weave made with dense yet thin warp woven with fat weft to create a light yet thick fabric with characteristic glossy patterns. While it's mostly used for obi (kimono belts), it's a technique used to make various products like bags, neckties, wallets, coasters, table cloths, and more. You can also hang it up as a decoration.
The price varies based on the item, but you can usually find them from 2,000 - 3,000 JPY to several tens of thousands.
Koishiwara-yaki is a type of ceramics that has a history of more than 400 years. It was the first traditional craft to be registered in the country, and it's made in the Toho area of Fukuoka.
Its characteristics are the simple, warm appearance and the unique geometric designs. The mix of functionality and beauty makes it highly popular both within and outside of Japan.
The price depends on the item, but you can usually find it around 1,500 - 2,000 JPY.
4. Kurume Kasuri
Kurume kasuri is designated as a national intangible cultural asset. It's a type of woven fabric that's made in the area around Kurume. It's very strong, so it's often used for practical clothing, but now they also make it for house clothes such as lounging pants and aprons, as well as everyday items like bags and pouches.
Price varies based on product, but you can usually find affordable items for around 1,000 JPY and expensive items for several tens of thousands.
5. Hakata Dolls
Hakata dolls have a history of over 400 years, and are made using clay from the outskirts of the city of Fukuoka, then fired without glaze, and colored using shellfish powder and paint.
The dolls have various motifs, such as scenes from ukiyo-e paintings, kabuki or Noh plays, the Chinese zodiac, and more. They're elegant traditional crafts that are also respected internationally. The prices range from around 2,000 - 3,000 JPY to hundreds of thousands.
All of these products can be found in souvenir and specialty shops within the city of Fukuoka, as well as miscellaneous goods stores, department stores, and the airport. Please keep an eye out for them.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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