(the slideshow depicts some Waza crafts exhibited at Ginza over the years - this year's Waza participants are introduced below)
Modern artisans mastering ancient crafts
The Midwest Buddhist Temple is honored by its long relationship with The Waza from Japan. The Waza is a federation of Japanese artisans dedicated to the continuation of traditional crafts handed down generation by generation dating back to Japan's Edo period 300 years ago. Using ancient techniques today's Waza master craftsmen create unique, handmade items that embody simple beauty through meticulous craftsmanship. Each item is carefully made through processes developed and refined over a span of centuries. And yet, every item has a timeless quality that is comforting in today's world. Ginza visitors will have the unique opportunity to purchase affordable works that are made with the same care and precision as those that are typically available only through private shops or the most exclusive department stores in Japan.
This year, we welcome back Waza ceramist Eiji Kinoshita from Kyushu Oita Prefecture, Masahiro Kawakami, a third-generation maker of tenugui (hand-painted Japanese cotton) from Asakusa Tokyo Prefecture, and Meisho Yamasaki, an award-winning Ichimatsu Ningyo (child-like dolls) artist. Making her first appearance at Ginza is calligrapher Shihoko Watanabe from Kyushu Oita Prefecture.