In order for a piece to be officially recognized as a traditional Japanese Handicrafts, it must meet all five of these requirements.
1. The item must be practical enough for everyday use.
2. The item must predominantly be hand made.
3. The item must be crafted using traditional techniques.
4. The item must be crafted using traditional materials.
5. The item must be crafted as its place of origin.
A traditional craft such as a household good that is useable for our daily lives, must be made by a traditional craftsman who has the skills and techniques, which he/she has inherited from over a hundred years ago.
There are a lot of the traditional crafts in Japan such as ceramics( porcelain, earthware..), lacquerware, metalworks( silver, tin..), woodworks, dyeing and weaving crafts, glassware, etc. Some of the traditional crafts are designated to the important cultural properties by the government of Japan and are under the protection of the country.
We treasure the Japanese culture and cherish the Japanese tradition that the craftsmen have so graciously dedicated their lives to preserving.