By George Art Baker
Throughout its history, Japan has cultivated a unique range of techniques used in the production of arts and crafts. Visitors were treated to a glimpse of these techniques in action at the recent Craft Crossings in Tokyo event, held in Marunouchi between November 3 and 6.
Taking place in Tokyo International Forum, the Marunouchi Building and the surrounding area, the exhibition featured a stunning range of crafts tutorials on woodblock printing, flower arrangement and kimono, as well as dazzling performances of traditional Japanese music.
With over 100 exhibitors displaying their work, there was a lot to admire, and the pleasant and helpful event staff made navigating a breeze.
Overall, the lighting and layout were well considered, allowing visitors to peruse the different items with ease while quizzing working artisans about their craft. We particularly enjoyed the Tokia building's replicas of Edo-era houses and stores, which were accompanied by concise explanations.
There was so much to enjoy across the halls, including intricate Hina Matsuri dolls, the resplendent qualities of Kyoto's dyed kimono designs and the minimalist use of space in Japanese interior design.
Being situated in Marunouchi, the event benefited from the area’s wealth of amenities and quality restaurants. All in all, it was a great experience and we'd highly recommend attending the next happening of its kind.
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