Cherry Bark Crafts (Kaba-zaiku)

The specialty of Kakunodate Town, Kaba-zaiku is designated as a traditional craft by the National Government. Developed 200 years ago as a cottage industry by town samurai, Kaba-zaiku is made by applying bark of the mountain cherry tree to tea containers, letter boxes, etc. It is revered for its color, which brightens with use. D-5


Bent-wood Works (Magewappa)

The specialty of Odate City, Magewappa is designated as a traditional craft by the National Government. Manufactured since the early Edo era, lunch boxes, trays, etc. are made by bending thin sheets of straight grain Akita cedar, which are then stitched together with cherry bark. The beauty of the wood's straight grain is accented by simple designs. D-2


Kawatsura Laquerware

It is said that Kawatsura laquerware of Inakawa Town originated in the Kamakura era and developed centering on practical living utensils. The laquerware is known for its durability, and is designated as a traditional craft by the National Government. D-7


Akita Cedar Kegs and Buckets

One of the traditional uses of Akita cedar has been to make buckets and kegs which display the beauty of the wood's straight grain. Nowadays, production has expanded to include household items such as mugs, etc. B-3


Folk Crafts

There are many kinds of folk crafts in Akita, including 'Itaya Kaede" baskets woven of thin strips of sapling, unique and original kites, and lathe-turned wooden "Kokeshi" dolls.