Traditional crafts in Taito city


Precious Metal Working

Metallic decorations developed in Japan in the 17th century, and it was during the Edo period (1603~1867) when they began to acquire popularity. Metalworkers that inherited the silver working techniques passed down since the Heian period (794-c.1190) were known as “kazarishoku,” meaning “those who work in decoration.” Later, metalworkers in the profession of kazarishoku began to specialize towards those who would primarily produce decorations for religious paraphernalia and those who worked in precious metals. In Taito Ward, one that is home to a large number of shops dealing in precious stones and precious metals, artisans continue to create accessories using traditional metal working techniques passed down from the kazarishoku.