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Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

Gujo Hachiman, centered on the castle, and spread down a mountain valley at the confluence of the Yoshida and Nagara Rivers was developed over the centuries into a center of traditional industries. The defining feature of Gujo Hachiman’s narrow lanes—the stone waterways and miniature canals—were built to safeguard and water the workshops that lined these cobbled streets. Today, the preservation of the historical district has allowed craftsmen a living once again. This is a mere sampling of the handicrafts on offer in Gujo Hachiman.

Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman
  • Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    The eerily accurate shokuhin sanpuru might seem an odd place to start, but it’s one of the products most associated with the town, and undeniably a handicraft, if not an artform. The samples, made from paraffin wax or, nowadays, mostly from polyvinyl chloride, are ubiquitous in displays outside kissaten and restaurants in Japan, and many of those items come from Gujo. The town has gained a reputation for its food samples, and many that visit the town pick up small pieces to bring home with them.

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    Gujo entrepreneurs have been in the shokuhin sanpuru business since the 1930s when everything was painstakingly made from paraffin wax. Sample Kobo is one such operation, now with two branches in town. The main location is based in a renovated townhouse and functions as a shop, and also as a sort of museum, offering visitors the chance to try their hand at producing the artificial food.

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    The best footwear to clomp along Gujo Hachiman’s cobbled lanes are geta, the traditional sandal with two raised wooden teeth on their soles. Gujo Mokuri produces handmade geta and hanao, the strap that anchors the sandal to the feet. The preservation of the Gujo Hachiman makes it possible for entrepreneurs to earn a living in this town practicing traditional handicrafts.

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    These handmade geta are sold at upscale department stores like Takashimaya, but there’s nothing like going to the source. The geta are made by hand in the shop, using the same methods that have been in use for centuries. The materials for the sandals are sourced from the area around the shop, the hinoki from the hills, and the hanao are the product of the local Gujo tsumugi tradition of dyeing and weaving silk cloth.

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    Gujo was the birthplace of screen-printing in Japan; This printing has been spreading around the world and keeping its thrive for the industry; besides, the operations are still done in the neighbour town of Gujo Hachiman.
    Takara Gallery Workroom which has found space in a historical building in town pays tribute to the screen-printing tradition and the work of local artists and artisans.
    Takara Gallery started as an online shop, and opened its brick-and-mortar shop six years ago, adding to the atmosphere of Gujo Hachiman.

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    Made by hand in Gujo Hachiman

    The shop hosts "tenugui sessions" where visitors can print their own tenugui (traditional Japanese towels), a necessary item of the Gujo Odori (Summer dancing festival).
    The shop’s staff walk prospective screen printers through the process of mixing ink, designing patterns, and teaching you the basic steps of printing. With their assistance, you can get to know more of screen printing and print your own tenugui (or a tote bag, if you’d prefer).

    Sample Kobo (food model workshop)
    Address
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchouhashimotochou 956
    Phone
    0575671870
    Address
    岐阜県郡上市八幡町橋本町908-1-1
    Phone
    0575679235
    Address
    岐阜県郡上市八幡町島谷470-28
    Phone
    0575679707
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