Industry in Wakayama
Wakayama is home to craftsmanship backed by tradition and innovation.
Mountains of greenery, the flow of beautiful rivers,
and a warm climate - these have nurtured high-quality raw materials and supplied the water needed for crafting.
From long ago, craftsmanship has developed,
centered on rivers suited for transport.
Outstanding technology cultivated over a long period has combined with Wakayama's spirit of enterprise.
Materials-related industries such as leather, knit, pile, and other textiles;
lifestyle-related industries such as lacquerware, household goods,
furniture, and fittings; and chemicals, machinery metals,
and other industries utilizing cutting-edge technologies have clustered in the region,
with numerous producing regions taking form.
We hope you will take a look at the craftsmanship of Wakayama,
which gives birth to technologies backed by tradition and innovation.
Overview of producing areas
Traditional crafts of Wakayama
Kii Peninsula is the largest peninsula in Japan.
Located on the west side of the peninsula,
Wakayama Prefecture has nurtured rich nature that has earned it the name "land of trees" from long ago.
Tools for living were created, matched to natural features and the climate, co-existing with nature.
Each item is infused with human wisdom that bring enrichment to comfortable living and to the senses.
These tools, made through precise handiwork with a focus on practicality,
have touched the eyes and hands of many people over a long history.
Through refining their ease of use and degree of perfection, they have come to be called traditional crafts.