Akita's Traditional Crafts
The traditional crafts industry, which has its origins in Japan's abundant natural resources and techniques spanning generations, is deeply ingrained in the regions throughout Japan. Akita also boasts many excellent traditional crafts that add color the everyday lives of its people. These crafts, developed out of Akita's magnificent nature and culture, are produced with traditional handcraft methods and techniques and bring warmth and pleasant feelings to the people who use them.
In Akita, there are four traditional crafts designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry: Kabazaiku, Kawatsura lacquer, Odate Magewappa, and Akita Cedar Casks. In addition, the prefecture has as designated Kawatsura Kokeshi, Itaya-zaiku, Akita Ginsen-zaiku, Omagari fireworks, and others as traditional crafts.