Tsuruoka's

Arts & Crafts

Looking for an authentic souvenir of your trip in Tsuruoka or just curious about the savoir-faire of the local craftsmen?

Discover the local artcrafts of the city, strongly influenced by the culture of the mountains through its large use of wood and tree wax.

SHINAORI

Shinaori 科織り ("Linden tree bark weave") is one of the three most ancient textiles in Japan, going back up to Jomon Period (14000-3000 B.C). The production process just shows how well roles were reparted back in the time. Men went to cut the linden trees and removed the bark from the trunk, and women took up the torch to boil the bark, soften it several times, make it a weavable thread and then create clothing, bags, shoes with it. The production center, Shinaori Center, is opened for visits in Sekigawa 関川. Items are available for sales in the several souvenirs shops of the city.

Where to buy

Kiyokawaya 清川屋- Marika shop

Kiyokawaya 清川屋 - HOUSE shop

Shonai Kankobussankan 庄内観光物産館

Where to visit/learn

Shinaori Center しな織りセンター

We recommend to move by car

EROSOKU

Erosoku 絵蝋燭 ("painted candles")'s first appearance in History goes back up to Edo Period (1604-1868),  during which Shonai's lords would offer them as a gift to the Shogunate (bakufu 幕府) when they where summoned to go to the capital (a national order called sankin kotai 参勤交代) as a symbol of their natal region. Its is traditionally shaped in an oblong stick shape or in little balls. Their colors are bright and the drawings usually represent seasonal themes. The wax used to shape candles comes from trees, so it is suitable as a vegan gift.

Where to buy

Togashi Rosokuten 富樫ろうそく店

Kiyokawaya 清川屋 - HOUSE shop

Kiyokawaya 清川屋- Marika shop

Shonai Kankobussankan 庄内観光物産館

Where to buy

Kiyokawaya 清川屋- Marika shop

Kiyokawaya 清川屋 - HOUSE shop

Shonai Kankobussankan 庄内観光物産館

Create your own Erosoku candle

Click here to get aware of the closest Erosoku workshops in FOODEVER (in front of Tsuruoka Jr Station).

KIBISO SILK

First created by Shonai's fallen samurai during Meiji Period (1868-1912), Kibiso silk is made out of the first segment produced by a silk worm, that is traditionally thrown away because it is rough and hard to weave.

Through a skilled production process, the thread is rendered soft and easy to manipulate. The textile obtained by weaving kibiso threads is solid and rather firm, in order to represent the spirit of samurais: strong and sturdy.

Where to visit/learn

Matsugaoka's Reclamation Lands 松ヶ岡開墾場 matsugaoka kaikonjo

We recommend to move by car

Tsuruoka City Office

Tourism Products Department

997-0035 Yamagata Prefecture,

Tsuruoka City
Babacho 9-25

JAPAN

TEL: (+81) 0235-25-2111

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