Photo by Yasuyuki Amazutsumi
Japan has a long history of traditional craft making whose roots are found in much of Japanese design today. More than 3,000 Japanese firms have a history that dates back over 200 years and many of these started out making traditional crafts. Today's enterprising craftmakers are looking to modern design to fit their products to 21st century lifestyles. Using the same age-old techniques and local materials, such as; Japanese cedar, iron, and bamboo, craftmakers are producing items that combine traditional crafts with the flair and appeal of modern design and many of these items are becoming increasingly popular outside of Japan.
At the forefront of Japan's craft design industry is the "Universal Craft Japan" movement, symbolized by products that imbue Japanese craft traditions and modern design, but which also have maximum functionality and usability. Examples include a small wooden harp designed for the elderly and disabled that easily fits in a person's lap, and a lacquerware bowl featuring a long stem for easy holding, called the "Palm-Held Bowl."
To help further the international appeal and recognition of Japanese design, JETRO helps small and medium-sized designers and craftmakers take part in major international exhibitions such as Maison et Objet in Paris and the NewYork Gift Show.

The face of Japanese design will continue to evolve, but deep-rooted traditions and a commitment to precision and quality will always be its recognizable elements.

Superb crafts and craft-making techniques firmly built upon tradition and refined over many generations, enchant people and serve as a country's intangible cultural assets. Such techniques however do not just adhere to original tradition; they continue to evolve as they pass through each generation. Flowing through these techniques is the Japanese spirit and willingness to enthusiastically embrace foreign cultures, along with pride in craftsmanship and dedication to precision. This culture of Japanese craftsmanship - which is alive even in today's globalized internet society - helps distinguish Japan's arts and crafts.

Trade Shows

The following are trade shows at which Japanese companies will exhibit in 2019/2020.
Event Dates Location Link

SHOPPE OBJECT 2019 Summer Exhibition

10th - 12th August 2019 New York, USA
Maison & Objet Paris - Japan Booth 17th - 21st January 2020 Paris, France


Japanese Design Market Information

- TRADE SHOWS IN JAPAN (Furniture, Gift, Craft)
- GOOD DESIGN, Products DatabseTo other site