A guide to 5 of Japan’s traditional arts and crafts

A guide to 5 of Japan’s traditional arts and crafts By on Jul 16, 2021 in Asia, Japan, Regions

Japan has a creative streak that dates back 10,000 years, to the Jomon people – the first settlers of these storied islands, and some of the world’s first potters. That streak has continued into the age of anime, chindogu, uncanny robots and idiosyncratic fashion trends… yet the old ways hold an enduring appeal.

Below, we look at five traditional art forms that are still practised with pride to this day. All have been passed down from generation to generation over centuries, and it’s never too late to give them a go, yourself…

Shodo: Calligraphy

The pen may have long usurped the brush as the writing tool of choice, but calligraphy remains a treasured pastime in Japan. The basics even feature on the school curriculum.

Known natively

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