A Traditional Craft of Aichi

Nagoya Butsudan (Buddhist family altar)

Nagoya Butsudan

Nagoya Butsudan is literally a collaboration of specialists from nine fields. It is important for a professional to not only perform his or her best skill but also work in good cooperation with professionals from other fields.

Today, the industry is making every effort to exchange information among these professionals in different fields who inevitably have no real communication with each other. It endeavors to preserve their steadily polished technique and skills as assets of the whole industry and to train the next generation.

Materials traditionally used
  1. Wood: Japanese cypress, zelkova, rosewood, ebony, sandalwood, yew, sennoki, or other timbers of similar quality
  2. Metal fittings made of copper, copper alloy, or other materials of similar quality
  3. Natural lacquer
Manufacturing districts
Cities of Nagoya, Okazaki, Ichinomiya, Seto, Handa, Kasugai, Tsushima, Anjo, Nishio, Inuyama, Tokoname, Konan, Bisai, Komaki, Inazawa, Tokai, Obu, Chita, Chiryu, Owariasahi, Iwakura, and Toyoake
Town of Shikatu in Nishikasugai County; Town of Fuso in Niwa County;
Towns of Sobue and Heiwa in Nakashima County;
Towns of Shippo, Miwa, Jimokuji, Kanie, Yatomi, and Saori and Hachikai Village in Ama County;
Towns of Higashiura and Taketoyo in Chita County
Date when designated as a traditional craft
December 15, 1976
Numbers of business establishments and workers
189 establishments and 600 workers