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Toyama Prefecture

Registration Closed[Lunch Event for Press] Learn, Taste and Experience the Wonders of Toyama Prefecture (Thursday, February 20)

2020.02.06

Toyama Prefecture Presents: Learn, Taste and Experience the Wonders of Toyama Prefecture

*Lunch invitation to foreign press and embassy officials
*Introduction of initiatives by Toyama Prefecture to support the traditional crafts industry
*Presentation of techniques by metal casting and lacquerware artisans

Date: Thursday, February 20 from 11:30

We have closed registration since there are no more openings available.

Thank you!

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Date: Thursday, February 20 from 11:30 to 13:00 (reception desk will open at 11:00)
Location: Toyama Hamasaku in Nihonbashi Toyama (Nihonbashi Daiei Building 1F, 1-2-6 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo)

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-- A Lunch to Learn, Taste and Experience the Wonders of Toyama Prefecture --

 

Toyama Prefecture is home to numerous traditional crafts demonstrating advanced skills and with long histories, including Takaoka copperware, Inami sculpture, and Takaoka lacquerware, as well as Etchu Seto-yaki ceramics which Steve Jobs admired. In recent years, with lifestyle changes and imports of inexpensive goods from overseas, the situation for the traditional crafts industry has become more severe, but in Toyama Prefecture, a center for traditional Japanese crafts, unique initiatives are being implemented in order to help support local industries.

 

The Toyama Design Center, established by Toyama Prefecture, is home to the first design competition in Japan in which making commercial products is assumed, and by combining Toyama’s traditional crafts with leading designers, it was one of the first places to work on developing products with form and function to fit the needs of modern lifestyles.

The combination of bountiful nature, traditional handicraft techniques passed down through generations, an earnest approach to artisanry, and excellent design allow high-quality crafts to be made in Toyama.

 

In order to introduce these traditional crafts, a lunch event will be held for members of the foreign press and embassy officials at Nihonbashi Toyama, a center for the promotion of Toyama located in Tokyo.

In addition to a presentation on initiatives by Toyama Prefecture to support the development of local traditional crafts and design, leading metal casting and lacquerware artisans from Toyama will demonstrate their techniques. Participants will also be able to taste Toyama cuisine, such as seafood caught in Toyama Bay.

 

To participate, please apply according to the outline below.

We hope to see you there!

 

[Event Outline]

■ Date: Thursday, February 20 from 11:30 to 13:00 (reception desk will open at 11:00)

■ Location: Toyama Hamasaku in Nihonbashi Toyama (Nihonbashi Daiei Building 1F, 1-2-6 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo)

Access information/Map:  https://toyamakan.jp/en/access.html#nihonbashi

■ Free of charge

■ English interpretation will be available

 

○11:30–11:50 Toyama Prefecture Traditional Crafts and Design (Toshiki Kiriyama, Director of Toyama Design Center)

        ・Toyama Prefecture initiatives for the development of traditional industries

        ・The future of Toyama Prefecture as a center for traditional crafts

 

○11:50–12:10 Toyama Prefecture Traditional Crafts, Demonstration of Techniques

        ・Making a product using tin: Yoshinori Shimatani, Shimatani Syouryu Kobo

        ・Making lacquerware: Takeshi Musashigawa, Musashigawa Kobo

 

○12:10–12:20 Q&A session

 

○12:20–13:00 Lunch

        ・Dishes made with fresh fish direct from Toyama Bay

(For reference: Nihonbashi Toyama: https://toyamakan.jp/en/)

 

 

[How to Apply]

Place send the information below by email to [sc@fpcjpn.or.jp].

 

*Please reply directly to this email when sending the information.

*Make sure to apply by Monday, February 17.

*This event is for both members of the foreign press and embassy officials.

◎Please be aware that the food provided will contain fish and alcohol.

 

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[Contact]

Foreign Press Center of Japan

Ms. Yoshida/Ms. Suzuki, Strategic Communications Division

Tel: 03-3501-5251

Email: sc@fpcjpn.or.jp

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