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Skills of Craftsmen

In Murakami, there are craftsmen who have inherited the knowledge and skills of beautiful artifacts.
Among those, Murakami Kibori Tsuishu and Uetsu Shinafu are traditional artifacts designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry.
The skills are enhanced by the craftsmen and their products are charming many people.

Murakami Kibori Tsuishu

The difference between Murakami Kibori Tsuishu and others is that Murakami Kibori Tsuishu is carved first and then have Urushi coating on top of it. In this way it enables craftsmen to realize elaborate and diversified expressions.
Elegant gloss is also a characteristic of this handicraft.

Experience Kibori Tsuishu

At Murakami Kibori Tsuishu Kaikan, they exhibit and sell their artwork made by craftsmen and their process and tools are exhibited.
Also, you carve chopsticks and teapot holder (It takes about an hour. Reservation require).

Murakami Kibori Tsuishu Kaikan

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Uetsu Shinafu

Uetsu Shinafu is a type of ancient cloths made by the resin of beech tree and spun and woven into cloth.
In Murakami, they are made in Yamakumata and Ikazuchi.
They were passed down as a handcraft of women that was done during the snow season when they were snowed in.
Texturized clothes are processed into a bag, hat, and small items.

Experience Uetsu Shinafu

At Sanpoku Nariwai no Sato, you can observe and experience weaving Uetsu Shinafu (reservation required) as well as experience making Aku-sasamaki and pickled red turnip.

Sanpoku Nariwai no Sato

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Experience others

Dyed textile

This shop make thin towels, curtains, happy coats, and others from dyed material. You can dye textile using Murakami-cha (reservation required).

Yamagami Somemonoten

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Silk flowers

Silk flowers are artwork made from dyed silk cocoon balls and processed into flowers. At Asahi Silk Flower Seisaku Kobo, you can try making your own.

Asahi Silk Flower Seisaku Kobo

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These toys are made from wood and Japanese paper.
Wooden object with vegetables and fruits that look very realistic are very popular.


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You can easily locate several pottery kilns in Murakami City.
Each kiln presents unique potteries in their own heritage and artistic styles. Some kilns offer one-day class for travelers.