Traditional Techniques Before Your Eyes
Jul 15 2015
If you are planning to go to Asakusa, the capital of shitamachi (lower/ eastern Tokyo), I'd suggest you visit "Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum - Gallery Takumi".
It is on Hisago Street past Hanayashiki, one of the oldest amusement parks in Japan, west of Sensoji Temple.
You can see traditional handicrafts produced in Taito ward 7 days a week (10am to 8pm), free of charge.
What are traditional crafts?
"Tokyo Uchihamono (Hand-Forged Blades)" that are soft yet sharp-cutting.
"Edo Tegaki Chochin (Hand-Painted Paper Lanterns)", essential items for festivals.
You may also like "Edo Hake (Edo Brushes)" that have been used in applying makeups, painting, or woodblock printing.
Go upstairs to discover more about the exquisite works following the tradition.
On the ground (first) floor featured special exhibitions: be amazed by craftsmen's demonstrations on weekends!
There is a souvenir shop here, but don't miss to visit specialty stores to find your favourite lanterns or wooden tags on Hisago Street.