Shinagawa, an area of Tokyo facing Tokyo Bay, is culturally unique as the first stop on the "Tokaido" route that used to connect Tokyo to Kyoto during Edo period. From this same Shinagawa, we, the traditional craftsmen, are passing on the skills of traditional handcrafts.
In 1963, a group of artisans got together and established the Shinagawa Traditional Crafts Preservation Society. Since then, its members have grown to 29 craftsmen.
In order to showcase our traditional skills and crafts, we opened an exhibition space on the first floor of the Shinagawa Ward Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Center. (Address: 1-28-3 Nishi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo) We also show live demonstrations twice a month. For more information, please visit Shinagawa ward office website: http://www.city.shinagawa.tokyo.jp/hp/menu000000100/hpg000000079.htm
In addition, in January every year we host the exhibition "The Skill and Taste of Shinagawa" at Shinagawa Ward Community Center. We have been introducing the beauty of Japanese traditional crafts and showcasing our techniques.
Shinagawa Craftsmen Guild evolved out of this, for the craftsmen to experiment and develop new ideas, and for them to collaborate with different artists and techniques.
With a new, refreshing interpretation of the beauty of tradition, Shinagawa Craftsmen Guild has been creating increasingly refined crafts here in Shinagawa and we will continue to produce "new traditional crafts" with an evolved beauty of Japanese tradition.
Shinagawa Craftsmen Guild Limited Liability Union
Date of Establishment
November 25th, 1998
1, Develop new products using traditional skills,
by the members of Shinagawa Traditional
Crafts Preservation Society.
2, Experiment with new ideas, manufacture the
products above and outsource manufacturing
3, Sell original products, and new collaborated
products, made by union members,