Katsushika City Craftsmen Association for Traditional Industries
Katsushika City Craftsmen Association for Traditional Industries operates Katsushika City Museum for Traditional Industries where people who engage in a variety of traditional industries of the City exhibit and sell their own works. The Museum functions as a place you can buy superior products cheaply, but as a place for preserving and carrying over traditional industries. We interviewed Chairman Seizan Fukushima.
Katsushika City certifies traditional craftsmen with more than 20 years’ experience in manufacturing traditional crafts as Certified Traditional Craftsmen. Katsushika City Craftsmen Association for Traditional Industries was organized in 1991 for promoting interactions among the members, securing sales channels, and developing successors. Currently it has 50 and more members and promotes activities, including the operation of Katsushika City Museum for Traditional Industries.
Craftsmen suffered from the Great Kanto Earthquake and Great Tokyo Air Raids had moved into Katsushika City, and a variety of traditional industries rooted in the City. The Craftsmen Association for Traditional Industries and involved people were concerned, however, due to declined demand and dissemination inexpensive mass-produced goods. So, as a base for selling traditional industries products cheaply, the City opened the Katsushika City Museum for Traditional Industries in 2001, by inviting exhibitors. It has a good access with some 2 minutes’ walk from Keisei Tateishi Station.
The Katsushika City Museum for Traditional Industries is the "Only-one shop in Japan" which is operated jointly by craftsmen of different industries. Katsushika City also backs up the facility, which is "antenna-shop like" for the City. In these days, more number of people look at the Museum’s website and visit it. Not a few visitors come from far away. There was a visitor from Hokkaido who sought for scissors.
Craftsmen tend to work diligently and alone. We intend the Museum can work as a place for enhancing exchanges among the craftsmen through operating the Museum, also as a place for studying by watching other craftsmen’s works directly.
To keep developing traditional industries, we have to secure certain volume of works, for which craftsmen can use their skills to the full extent. For achieving this, we need to let many people know about traditional industries and use traditional craft products. Katsushika City and Katsushika City Craftsmen Association for Traditional Industries jointly hold Craftsmen Festivals for exhibiting, demonstrating and selling traditional craft products, by utilizing the City’s facilities, including "Techno Plaza Katsushika." Besides they have exhibited at the City’s industry fairs and 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN. They also started selling over the Internet, and orders from overseas have increased.
The Katsushika City Museum for Traditional Industries holds experience classrooms on the third Saturday of each month. Experience classrooms by school unit also have been accepted at any time
We’d like to ask Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Katsushika City for various supports and cooperation so that we can inherit the skills of traditional craft in the future.
Katsushika City has a good traffic access to the center of Tokyo, with many commercial areas. The City is comfortable for the elderly to live still with downtown humanity. We’d like to protect and keep traditional industries in the town. When you come near, please visit the Katsushika City Museum for Traditional Industries.
Address: 5-21-3, Nishishinkoiwa, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo