Tsumami Kanzashi is the National Designated Traditional Handcraft. It has been carried by refined skillful artisans with profound understandings of our language, culture, history, the beauty of Japanese seasons and nature, materials, and most importantly, the responsibility of carrying this art for the future generations by correctly succeeding the will from our ancestors.
“The Law regarding the promotion of traditional handicraft industry was established in 1974 to defend, raise, and evolve the old techniques of traditional handicrafts. It is adopted throughout Japan, in many prefectures.
A Cabinet minister of Ministry of economy/trade and industry designates traditional handicraft based on this law.
~ Article 2 ~
1. Traditional handicraft must be mainly used for daily life.
2. Principal creating process of Traditional handicraft must be crafted by hand.
3. Traditional handicraft must be created by mainly traditional refined technical skill.
4. Traditional handicraft must be crafted with traditional materials.
5. Artisans of the Traditional handicraft must have been crafting in a set area.
While it is critically important to preserve this art, it must be done correctly as our ancestors have been doing.
As my master said, traditional Japanese culture must be correctly and respectfully preserved by Japanese who fully grew up in Japanese environment and climate by achieving the expertise & *authentic Japanese spirit*, after going through strict professional trainings.
It is wonderful that people all around the world to love the beauty of our culture. I profoundly welcome them enjoying "hobby" Tsumami Kanzashi for themselves. However, those *Imitation Tsumami Kanzashi* sold by self taught hobby crafters stating that they use traditional techniques while NON OF THEM WERE NEVER PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED by authentic artisans, is absolutely not appropriate.
According to my network with Tsumami Kanzashi artisans in Japan, there are NO foreigners in individual level / even Japanese outside of Japan who were professionally trained and permitted to sell, beside me. When somebody who lack the professional attitude name their piece "Tsumami Kanzashi" or "Kanzashi" and sell at cheep price based on their sole decision, it destroys our historical culture and the entire market since the majority of people today do not have the eyes for authentic quality and tend to go to the cheep ones unfortunately.
Please be aware of Tsumami Kanzashi made in China as well which appear traditional but different from the authentic ones by the combination of the flowers and the colors.
Hobby crafters seem to have read my master's book, but as an apprentice, I have a responsibility to state that she did not write the book for those who were never professionally trained to affect / destroy the market / quality of our traditional art work, by selling on their own decision. It is a hobby book, for you to enjoy as hobby, but never as business. She actually was very outraged the fact that Chinese mass produced imitation Tsumami Kanzashi for cheap labor, which destroyed the lives of authentic artisans in Tokyo.
When entering traditional Japanese culture, humbly respecting our tradition and the professional courtesy are quite significant.
This is how any Japanese artisan's filed works:
1. It is not a school. You should not casually just ask the master or his / her apprentice to train you. Especially, not introducing yourself at the moment of approaching is considered extremely rude, arrogant, disrespectful in our polite society. No questions asked.
2. You must be offered and accepted by artisan to be trained.
3. IF YOU ARE NOT PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED BY A NATIONAL DESIGNATE TSUMAMI KANZASHI MASTER, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SELL. To create and sell national designated traditional handicraft, you must obtain the permission by professional artisans who trained you.
4. Lean to be humble first. Consider if you are preserving Japanese culture the RIGHT WAY/CORRECTLY. This is the most necessary attitude among any Japanese culture. Do not make something messy for cheap price to bring our quality low.
5. Those who browse around my shop or purchase my Tsumami Kanzashi for the purpose to COPY to SELL, please refrain from doing so. My customers clearly see some of them are very obvious and totally opposite from respecting Japanese spirit which is the most important attitude when it comes to enter our culture.
6. ABSOLUTELY NO COPY RIGHT VIOLATION OF MY MASTER'S BOOK ON ANY WRITTEN SOURCES, to show the traditional / professional method of Tsumami Kanzashi, also NO CLASS TO OFFER, UNLESS YOU ARE PERMITTED BY PROFESSIONAL ARTISANS. Do not even think about doing so. Anybody who was never trained has NO rights to violate our sacred field. No question asked.
I hope you can humbly understand this deep issue as a big picture and become a *true* supporter of authentic artisans. Thank you very much.
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