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Morioka Handi-Works Square ( Morioka City ) 

This is a facility where you can “see, touch, and create” various traditional craftworks and foods of Morioka. There are 2 main areas: the Workshop Area and the Exhibition Area. In the Workshop Area, there are 14 workshops where you can buy products,...

Iwachu Casting Works ( Morioka City ) 

This is a theme-park style factory where you can see the production process of Nambu cast ironware. There are facilities such as an exhibition gallery, a restaurant, and a souvenir shop. At the entrance there is a display of Morioka's festival float,...

Nambu Cast Ironware ( Morioka City; Oshu City ) 

Nambu cast ironware is produced in Morioka City and Mizusawa, Oshu City. In 1975, it was designated as a traditional craftwork. “Nambu” refers to the Nambu clan, who built Morioka Castle about 400 years ago. The Nambu lords made numerous efforts towa...

Nambu Kodai Katazome  ( Old Nambu Stencil Dyeing )  ( Morioka City ) 

It is said that the Old Nambu Stencil Dyeing was developed in 1628 by Sanemon, a dyer who worked for the Nambu clan. The dyed products were mostly used by the samurai. The production technique and the stencil designs originally came from China; the s...

Lacquerware ( Ninohe City; Hiraizumi Town; etc. ) 

Lacquerware has been used throughout Japan since ancient times. Iwate is known for its excellent lacquer. Today, 98 % of the lacquer used in Japan is imported; Iwate produces 75 % of the rare domestic lacquer. There are two major lacquerware brands i...

Iwayado Tansu ( chest of drawers )  ( Oshu City ) 

It is said that the history of Iwayado Tansu dates back to the 1100s, during the days of Kiyohira, the first lord of the Fujiwara clan, who encouraged his people to develop various handicrafts and industries. In the Edo period, elaborately designed ...

Amber ( Kuji Cit ) 

Amber is fossilized tree resin from about 50 to 100 million years ago. The Kuji area is the only place in Japan where amber can be found. Kuji's amber is from the age of dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous Period  ( 80 to 90 million years ago&...

Kin no Bekokko  ( Golden Ox )  ( Hanamaki City ) 

In Iwate, cows are traditionally called “bego” or “bekokko.” Oxen were once used to pull wagons carrying the gold produced in the southern part of Iwate; Kin no Bekokko, also known as “Kinbego,” are local dolls inspired by such oxen. They are very li...

Homespun Products ( Morioka City; Hanamaki City; etc ) 

Homespun fabrics were introduced into Iwate about 130 years ago by an English missionary. Today, Iwate boasts about 80 % of all the homespun products made in Japan. They are simple yet charming, not to mention warm and practical. Iwate's homespun pro...

Chagu Chagu Umako  ( horse doll )  ( Morioka City; Hanamaki City ) 

Chagu Chagu Umako is a festival held in June, in which colorfully-clad horses parade through through Takizawa and Morioka. The horses wear numerous bells which ring pleasantly as they walk. Chagu Chagu Umako represent the horses in the parade; they a...

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