丸屋 -Maruya-
Lantern Painter

Chochin is used in many different aspects of Japanese life. It is used as latern signage at shrines and temples, and at festivals for illumination. In August, during the custom of honoring one’s ancestors at a memorial service (Obon), Chochin is a used as decorated lantern. It is used as a means for the living to respect the dead. Recently, cheap Chochin imports are increasingly available from overseas. Because the designs on the lanterns is now increasingly done by printers, Japanese lantern artist numbers have decreased. Each of Maruya’s lanterns, however, is handmade by rare craftsmen who use the same techniques as ancient times.

TOKUGORO SHIBATA

Fukuoka was born 928 years. I will make a song thing about my father since I was 12 years old. Be certified as an intangible cultural heritage technology holder of Fukuoka City in '81.
Traditional craft of Fukuoka, which is that there is a history of over 300 years "Hakata MAGEMONO"
Without using any metal, such as nails, very light, there is a feature of durability and mass more and dried in order to piece together to sew skins of elongated cherry.
Goodness of the durability and beauty of appearance, of course, Hakata song product is made ​​using the wood grain with high elasticity in the straight of cypress and cedar withstood the rigors of nature as "warm cold, winter summer" , it is a traditional craft, making the best use of the forces of nature. Time and effort, the manufacturing process takes craftsmanship trained vast is subjected to bending it with Kidori, in hot water from the lumber, eyes, ... and a bottoming out and etc. sewing in the skin of a cherry tree.

Takaaki Takeda

Potter / writer of Akahadayaki/ producer


During he was in Kinki University in pottery section and studied under Mr. Oshio Tamaizumi (In 13 years )
In 1983 kiln worth built in.
In 1987 Kiln worth Independent.
In 1991 Neiya workshop founded at Naramachi (old town Gangoji Temple Terauchi) which renovated house of 130 years ago.
In 2002 Dedicate The Tenmoku bowl to Todaijidaibutuden and Dedicate Ochamori bowl to Saidaiji Eison holy priest height of 800 anniversary memorial.
In 2003, General Producer for Celebration event at Mando festival. He made a space direction using the candle.