Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Tokyo Butsudan

Tokyo Butsudan Photo

Comprehensive art of traditional crafts in Tokyo, Bringing togethervarious arts.
In the 17th through 18th centuries, as Buddhism penetrated among the general public and Buddhist temples began appearing in Japan, the Butsudan (Household Buddhist Altars and Fittings) was created for use in household prayer sessions. Within a Butsudan are placed the principal image of Buddha, Ihai (Buddhist memorial tablet) inscribed with ancestors’ names, and other items. Tokyo Butsudan has a profound texture achieved through precise craftsmanship influenced by temple design and use of both imported woods, including rosewood, ebony, etc., and mulberry, and they feature simple but mystic beauty. Butsudan making involves various techniques handed down from traditional crafts of Tokyo, including engraving to make traditional representations of Chinese phoenixes and foliage scroll, coating to highlight the beauty of the woody texture through repeated Urushi applications, Sashimono (cabinetwork) to assemble wooden components without nails, and others. This bringing together of these high-level techniques is why the Tokyo Butsudan is called “the comprehensive art of traditional crafts of Tokyo.” With recent increase of Butsudan in a furniture style that is not linked to temple design, Tokyo Butsudan is making efforts in producing traditional altars so that people can show respect for their ancestors and thank them for their legacies. Tokyo Butsudan that craftsmen put their energies to will be passed on to future generations to enhance strong family ties.
Tokyo Karaki Butsudan Manufacturing Cooperative Association
Address: Corpo Sumire, 1F, 9-32, Ayase 4-chome, Adachi-ku, Tokyo