Miyajima-zaiku reflecting the skill and passion of craftsmen
Miyajima where Itsukushima Shrine of world cultural heritage is located. During the Kamakura period, Miya-daiku and cabinet makers were invited from Kyoto and Kamakura for rebuilding shrines and temples, and turning techniques and carving techniques were brought in during the Edo period. Miyajima-zaiku which succeeds the master craftsmanship is artistic wood craftwork making use of beautiful wood grains. It is still a popular souvenir, and familiar as an ornament and a tool for everyday use.
"Miyajima-bori" with Itsukushima Shrine emerging gracefully
"Miyajima-bori " with realistic sculpture on the surface of trays, sweet containers, screens and pillars, etc. It is a traditional craft which originates from the carving techniques introduced by Shosai Hakii, a wood carver from Kosyu, at the end of the Edo period. It is created to be a three-dimensional piece with various traditional techniques in spite of being a shallow carving. The sculpture making use of the wood material will increase the charm over time.
(20,000 yen (tax not included) / size 30 cm / author: Kazuo Hirokawa)
"Rokuro-zaiku" making full use of the natural characteristics of the trees
Rokuro-zaiku has been a traditional technique since it was introduced to Miyajima in the late Edo period. Craftworkers from all over the country gathered in Miyajima and nearly 300 turney craftsmen competed from the end of the Meiji to the Taisho period. The technique making use of the natural wood grains, color tones and touch gives the profound atmosphere rather than flashy decoration and coloring. It is a craftwork with love for trees.
(48,600 yen (tax not included) / size 27 cm / artist: Akio Komatsu)
A classic lucky charm of Miyajima’s souvenir, "Shakushi"
Shakushi which is popular as a Miyajima specialty was devised as a souvenir by Miyajima's priest, Seishin in the Kankei years of the late Edo period. It earned popularity because of being made by cracking along the wood grains and "the scoops have no odor and rice grains don’t stick to them”, and it became a lucky charm which was said to "catch enemies" during the Sino-Japanese War and then to "catch happiness". Passion of the creators is put in every shakushi, from adornments with painted landscapes of Miyajima to simple practical items.
(Miyajima landscape painting shakushi / large · 4,320 yen, medium · 2,300 yen, small · 1,800 yen (tax included) / artist: Kazuo Hirokawa)