Japan has a long history of elaborated woodcraft dating back thousands of years. We cover the most important wood-crafts from all regions. Each region offers specialties that related to the forests and available woods.
Japan is said to be leading in tools to work with wood. It therefore is no wonder that Japanese woodcraft also reached highest levels of quality.
Cherry tree bark blocks humidity and traditionally is used to make tea containers.Due to its natural beauty it also is popular for interior decoration.
Cedar is cut in thin slices and cooked before it can be bent. This craft from Akita prefecture is used to make bento boxes, tableware and home decoration.
Bamboo grows in most parts of Japan. It therefore developed a variety of local bamboo crafts combining natural beauty of bamboo with Japanese aesthetics.
The wood mosaic is a typical craft of Hakone area. Natural wood of different colors is assembled to create objects with beautiful patterns.
Turnery is one of the oldest woodcraft , where blocks of wood are carved into bowls and containers.
Cups made of cypress have 1300 years of history as measurement tools for rice and sake, and are still popular for modern style tableware.