Takaoka Craft Ichiba-machi
The ‘Takaoka Craft Ichiba-machi’ is a combined craft event held in the center of Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture. It has been held around autumn each year since 2012, as a collaborative event run by industry, academia and local government in Takaoka, with the ‘Craft Competition in Takaoka’ as the main part of the event.
The Craft Competition in Takaoka is in its 32nd year this year. While its origins are in Takaoka’s traditional industries, by continuing to focus on crafts, which are relevant to current industries and lifestyles, Takaoka is becoming a major hub for crafts in Japan.
The Takaoka Craft Ichiba-machi began with the aim of giving people an opportunity to experience crafts, however the event is not only about crafts. We believe it is important to make new discoveries through the combined experience of talking with the local people and the artisans who support the craft industry, walking along streets filled with history and enjoying the food culture of the area, where people cook with delicious Hokuriku ingredients.
We hope that you will take this opportunity to ‘see’, ‘buy’, ‘experience’ and ‘eat’ all that Takaoka has to offer.
Takaoka Craft Ichiba-machi Event Overview
Takaoka Craft Ichiba-machi
21-24 September 2018 (Fri-Mon)
-Individual event dates vary depending on the event and venue
(For details, see our website – it will be updated once the program is finalized)
‘See’, ‘buy’ and ‘experience’ craftwork and local products made by national and local artisans, and ‘eat’ cuisine combining local ingredients and a craft focus.
Centered around the traditional streetscape of Yamachosuji, events are held at Takaoka Station and surrounds, on Otaya Street, and more.
Takaoka Craft Ichiba-machi Organizing Committee (Inside the Takaoka Chamber of Commerce)
Four big Takaoka craft events held simultaneously!
The Takaoka Craft Ichiba-machi and the Takaoka Craft Exhibition are held at the same time, and from 2016, the ‘Kanayamachi Rakuichi in Samanoko’ was also added to the line-up.
In 2017, the ‘Douki Danchi Open Factory’ (open house event at the Takaoka Copperware Industrial Park) is being added, making Takaoka the ‘place to be’ to enjoy everything about craftsmanship.
Takaoka Craft Exhibition 2018
The Takaoka Craft Exhibition has been held since 1986 and is an exhibition of the best works by artisans from around Japan. Various types of craftwork are displayed, including those made of metal, lacquer, glass and textiles etc., and the exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see and touch pieces as well as buy them.
Host：Takaoka Craft Ichiba-machi Organizing Committee
Kanayamachi Rakuichi in Samanoko
Kanayamachi Rakuichi in Samanoko is held in Kanayamachi, a town famous for its streetscapes with vertical lattices and cobblestones. The town is transformed into an outdoor museum with the theme of ‘Wa no kokoro’ or the ‘Japanese spirit’. Through displays of craftworks and tea ceremonies, you can experience the unique beauty of Japan and Japanese life from the perspective of food, housing and clothing.
Host: Kanayamachi Rakuichi Organizing Committee
Douki Danchi Open Factory
The Douki Danchi Open Factory is an event in which the manufacturing spaces of Takaoka Douki Danchi (a copperware industrial park) are opened to the public. The Takaoka copperware industry has an ongoing tradition of 400 years, and at this location it is thriving on the strength of this group of 32 companies involved in all aspects of copperware manufacturing, from casting to processing and finishing. This fascinating insight into copperware is sure to be fun for all ages.
Host: Takaoka Douki Danchi Cooperative Association