TOTTORI FOLK CRAFT EXHIBITION 2024 @SF76
TOTTORI FOLK CRAFT EXHIBITION 2024 @SF76
12.January.2024 – 21.January.202
1758 Buchanan St San Francisco, CA 94115
SF76 will be hosting
“Tottori Folk Craft Exhibition”
from January 12th (Fri.) – 21st (Sun) 2024
【From the owner】
SF76 continues to pass on the tradition of introducing Japanese merchandise to the San Francisco community at this location since 1976. The merchandise currently carried at SF76 consists of a variety of handmade and industrial products made in Japan. Many of them are often based on the inheritance of the Japanese culture of folk art, which a lot of them are said to be rooted in Tottori Prefecture. We hope that through the products on display and for sale at this exhibition, the people of San Francisco will be able to feel even a glimpse of this culture.
【From our staff】
My hometown is Tottori Prefecture, and currently reside in San Francisco working at SF76. I have been exposed to Tottori’s folk art since I was a child, influenced by my mother. Even now, my life is filled with Tottori folk crafts. I am truly delighted that the Tottori Folk Crafts Exhibition will be held. Through the arrangement of the organizers in Tottori Prefecture, I am pleased to be in charge of the graphic designs for this exhibition. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Tottori’s folk crafts to the public. I love Tottori, as much as I like folk art.
Please visit our store to learn and take a close look at unique and one-of-a-kind folk art all the way from Tottori in person.
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photos taken by SF76
designed by OCTOPUS Design
Katahera dolls YANAGIYA REPRODUCT
Unique to the Inaba region, Katahera dolls make endearing decorations for the Boy’s Day festival. These dolls are delicately made from thin strips of wood by skilled craftsmen in the Nikakimachi ward of Tottori City. The crude, simple construction makes watching the tiny, wooden warriors compete for bravery all the more intriguing. All the excitement of the calvary and a castle fit into a remarkable 180cm. According to historical records in the Hōki-min-dan-ki, this doll emerged when the ruling Ikeda family lived in the Mikawa Yoshida region. That is why they were sometimes referred to as “Yoshida Zaiku.” Similar dolls are made throughout the former Yoshida region, including Himeji and Bizen in the Inaba province and Yonago and Kurayoshi in the Hoki province.
“Yanagiya” was a workshop that produced local toys in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture, from 1928 to 2014, for 86 years. The name of the shop comes from a proverb, “Yanagi ni yukikore nashi,” which means “the willow tree does not break under the weight of snow.”
The first generation, Tatsunosuke Tanaka, created original toys based on the history and legends of Inaba, while also working to restore extinct toys. With his wife, Toshiko, he conducted research and production. Their daughter and son-in-law inherited the spirit of the shop’s name, and over 50 types of toys, including paper-mâché masks, clay whistles, and wooden dolls, were produced.
In 2020, “Yanagiya REPRODUCT” was launched, where new craftsmen learn the same techniques from the second generation, Kinji and Miyako Tanaka, and continue to produce Yanagiya’s toys.
Yagami Hagoita YANAGIYA REPRODUCT
Yanagiya is a workshop in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture, that has been making local toys for 86 years, from 1928 to 2014. The name “Yanagiya” comes from the proverb, “Willow trees never break in the snow. Tatsunosuke Tanaka, the founder of Yanagiya, created toys based on the history and legends of the Inaba region, and also devoted himself to restoring toys that had fallen into disuse, researching and creating them with his wife, Toshiko. He and his wife, Toshiko, continued to research and create toys together. The work, which embodied the company name, was passed on to his daughter and her husband, who created more than 50 different types of toys, including Japanese paper mache masks, clay figures, wooden toys, and more.
In 2020, a new group of creators will start “YANAGIYA REPRODUCT,” learning the techniques of Kinji and Miyako Tanaka and working on the production of Yanagiya toys.