Edo Tokyo Kirari Project

《A fusion of "tradition”and“innovation" in Tokyo-The skills of artisan gathered at Haneda Airport》

 A special pop-up shop linked with the “Edo Tokyo Kirari Project” promoted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government was held at Haneda Airport International Terminal Airside area (available after departure passport control) from December 24, 2019 to January 10, 2020.
 The “Edo Tokyo Kirari Project” aims to refine the traditional craftworks and long-established masterpieces that have their roots in Edo Tokyo from a new perspective, and to pass on these Tokyo treasures to future generations. So far, 17 enterprises have been selected as model projects. 9 among them opened the stores with more than 130 items. 
 A number of original and innovative products were displayed, created by craftsmen who continue to take on new challenges while inheriting the traditional skills cultivated over a long history. We wish many passengers come to know the craftsmanship of Edo Tokyo, who never stops evolving, through this event.
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・ Tsurukame (Crane and Tortoise) Tote Bag:
 A Monsho-uwaeshi (the artisan) is the person who hand-paints Kamon (family emblems) on Kimono. While trying to express this new technique, Kyogen inherits the techniques to design Kamon and family emblems for kimonos by expanding the field of “art and design” while utilising digital tools. In the first place, family emblems were created based on all kinds of forests, and there are more than 50,000 designs that have been inherited in modern times. “Kyogen” has been developing family emblems designs in various fields, such as corporate symbols, logos, and commercial designs.
・ Tokyo Kumihimo Hyoshigi (Wooden clappers) :
 Ryukobo has its exceptional traditional techniques of a family business with over 130 years of history which consistently focused silk yarning, design, dyeing and kumihimo cord braiding.
 A robust yet flexible braid is created by various techniques.It combines both “functinality” and “beauty” and is a culture that symbolizes the spirit of “Kizuna”, humanity and warm relationship valued in Edo society. I would like you to enjoy braiding techniques that have been used for a long time. It is an elegant and delicate accessory, carefully crafted by craftsmen.
【Takahashi Kobo】
・ Edo-Woodblock Print:
 Edo woodblock prints are said to be the origin of Japanese printing technology. The vibrant colours of the multicolored prints are so attractive and blossomed with the Ukiyo-e culture during the Edo period. Takahashi Kobo has inherited the technology for over 150 years. As a publisher, it plays an important role in the reproduction of traditional Ukiyo-e prints and the production of Japanese and Western art pieces. In order to let people know more about the charm of Edo woodblock prints and present it to the world, they are actively working on the production of contemporary art and accessories.
【Kimoto Glass】
・ Edo Kiriko Glass:
 Edo Kiriko has a Japanese pattern with deep and gorgeous cuts on the glass surface. As one of Japan's leading traditional crafts, it was used for tableware, daily necessities, room lights and so on. Kimoto Glassware has opened up new possibilities of Edo Kiriko that collaborates with designers and craftspeople as a glassmaker to create various products that match modern lifestyles. Their most representative products “KUROCO,” is the world’s first black faceted glass. The modern design with a straight line motif captures the eye with its uniqueness.
【Porter Classic】
・ Newton bag:
 Committed to being “made in Japan” and holding to the concept of “world class standards,” Newton bag is a limited NV that is made by Porter Classic. By employing bedding manufacturer Showa Nishikawa’s best selling “Muatsu” techniques for the straps of the bag and creating singular points of support as opposed to entire surfaces to disperse pressure, it dramatically reduces stress from heavy loads. This bag based on ergonomics looks after the body of its user.
【SEIKO-Watch】(Available at WATCH BOUTIQUE, Haneda Airport International Terminal Airside area after departure passport control)
・ Presage (Wrist Watch):
 Inheriting over 100 years of Seiko history and watchmaking knowhow, “Seiko Presage” is a brand that showcases Japanese aesthetics to the world from Tokyo. Incorporating Japanese craftsmanship, we send out products that combines tradition and technology.
 This item is a model using an Arita ware porcelain dial, the product of Arita craftsmanship passed down over 400 years. This elegant watch, which is both functional and fashionable, has been completed with the support of Arita craftsman's superior technology that inherits tradition.
【Yotsuya Sanei】
・ ZORI(Japanese Sandals):
 Yotsuya Sanei has succeeded generations of techniques and designs that meet the demand of Edo people for stylish yet comfortable footwears. The long-established store that has inherited the skills and designs of sandals has newly proposed “ZORI sandals” as a world-class Tokyo fashion. The high-heeled ZORI suits not only Japanese attire but also go well with Western attire, and is a gem that pursues ease of wearing in addition to the stylish design with enameled cowhide on the surface.
【Isehan Honten】
・ Komachi Beni (Traditional Japanese Lipstick):
 Komachi Beni, a traditional lipstick since the Edo period which is made from a minute amount of red pigment that is slightly contained in the petals of safflower. Melting the iridescent red with a brush soaked in water will instantly change the colour to bright red, and you can enjoy a variety of shades depending on the amount of water and the number of times you apply.
 In Japan, Isehan Honten is the only store to keep the traditional methods from the Edo period. Besides selling its traditional Japanese lipstick “Komachi-beni,” it also operates the “Beni Museum” as a base to spread the history of traditional lipstick and Japanese makeup.
【Noren Nakamura】
・ Noren:
 Noren (partitioning curtains), which is dyed with shop’s symbol and name, was used as an outdoor advertisements to show the history and fame of merchants which evolved and spread in the Edo period. Making use of its strength as a brand specializing in Noren, Nakamura is engaged in planning, design and production of wide range of Noren product. While coordinating various handicrafts ranging from traditional techniques such as indigo dyeing and brush dyeing to modern methods using technology, they also propose planning and installation methods that make the most of their regional characteristics, and comprehensively develop
the Noren business. Taking advantage of the know-how cultivated, they also play an important rolee as a “communicator” that connects the maker and consumer of traditional industries.