Timeless Quality Lifestyle: “Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten” Presents Artisanship 2019.04.10


Established in 1716 as a linen shop, Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten has become a 300-year-old exemplar brand of quality daily sundry goods that has 55 branches across Japan. With an objective to “infuse Japanese crafts with vigor!”, the company brings together and promotes the surviving techniques, ideas, and wisdoms of life of artisans nurtured by the different customs and environment throughout Japan, and blend them into all sorts of merchandises for daily use.


Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten launched “Dainippon-nichi Expo” in 2016 and holds events at the crafts’ places of production across Japan so people may enjoy the culture of craftsmanship and observe the impressive, unique object-making process. This year, the Dainippon-nichi Expo reaches out to foreign land the first time and brings the artisans to 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan in person. 

Daily necessities incorporating artisanship with modern life, along with a miscellaneous collection of Japan-made crafts, including lacquer ware, porcelain, and washi (Japanese paper sheet) can be seen at the event, during which there will be hands-on workshops and activities with both Taiwanese and Japanese artisans for all visitors.


More splendid craft brands are waiting for you at 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan!
Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, Yuunakagawa, Nippon-nichi, BAGWORKS, DYK, HASAMI, Kamoshika Douguten, KOSEN, KUTANI SEAL, mg&gk, mino, Nijiyura, PAPER VALLEY, SHITSURINDO, Taisei-shiki, THE, TO&FRO, YAMATSUGI




Returning to the starting point of lacquerware and creating all-time favorite daily necessities 
SHITSURINDO| Songshan Cultural & Creative Park|S6-2


Established over 225 years ago, the Echizen lacquerware maker from Sabae-shi, Fukui Prefecture is now in the 8th generation of ownership. “It’s true that a continued tradition of ancient techniques is important, but we would also like to offer daily necessities people continue to like to use.” With this ideal, the business creates all-time favorite lacquer bowls for daily use.





Inheritance of the unique elegance of “ nabeshimayaki”
KOSEN|Songshan Cultural & Creative Park|S6-2


First developed in the 17th century, the high-quality nabeshimayaki porcelain was once used only by shoguns and nobles, as the civilians could not afford them. Based on the mature techniques, KOSEN has inherited rigorous and delicate skills such as adobe-making, glazing, fine brushwork, and kilning, creating fine daily necessities that are between artworks and mass-produced objects.




Feel the charm of washi: a challenge of innovation in a sturdy tradition
YAMATSUGI|Songshan Cultural & Creative Park|S6-2


Founded in 1868 (the first year of the Meiji era), YAMATSUGI is a workshop making Echizen handmade art washi. The company has proactively invested in the study of new techniques in recent years, such as those that produce mold-textured paper sheets. With its continued endeavor to break through the conventional use of washi, the workshop presents to the world the gracefulness of washi.



Joint Exhibition of Museums: Discovering a future with history and a history with future

Songshan Cultural & Creative Park|S6-001


Interpreting a story from history and discovering a future in the story. Say hi!

This exhibition zone displays collections from 5 museums that reflect and project the layers of subconsciousness of the Taiwanese people—from discovery of memory, civilian’s life, emotional skills, modern knowledge, to universal values, all of which construct the layers from “survival” to the “values”—the islanders’ eager pursuit of evolution. “Hi Story”, the joint exhibition of the museums, is not to be missed. Follow us through layers and layers into history, and discover long-existing clues of “future life” in it through elutriating the stories and objects of the past.



“Reaching pre-historical culture through technology”

How were stone pillars several times taller than an adult, zoo-anthropomorphic jade ear ornaments, jade tubes, and cord marked pottery (Jomon pottery) made thousands of years ago? #National Museum of Prehistory will use digital technologies such as 3D and VR to decipher mysteries left by prehistoric islanders.

“The life of civilians: the islanders’ day-to-day roam”

he making of maps presents the varied imagination of the geological space at different times and reflects people’s passion and desire in exploring new worlds. #National Museum of Taiwan History will showcase various kinds of early map of Taiwan, inviting you to draw a life history of the residents on the island in your head through your various imagination of islands and the world.


“Modern knowledge: gaining wisdom from observations"

See how the first naturalists roam across mountains, forests, and fields day and night to pursue scientific thinking and empirical knowledge. #National Taiwan Museum will display a sparrow specimen and multiple valuable pictures of specimen.


“Emotional skills: facing an era of recurring inspirations”

A length of song, a set of hand gestures, and a picture—the immense beauty of art works is created with countless factors full in sensations of touch/tone/inspirations. #National Center for Traditional Arts collects all these factors, incorporates them with contemporary traditional arts groups, and presents them to you, the inspiration seeker.


“Bound body, liberal humanistic adherence”

How can trauma, struggle, and painful memory be expressed? #National Human Rights Museum, just established in 2018, will start from life stories of nobodies and lead you to contemplate on liberal democracy and the value of human rights with publications such as Break through the Night to see the Light and Spring Sunlight Can't be Shuttered, and manuscripts and images.


Seoul Design Festival— The most influential event of the South Korean design industrySongshan Cultural & Creative Park|S2-002


The Seoul Design Festival, with contents and momentum accumulated from designing monthlies since 2002, aims to promote designers, exhibiting design trends and business brands, and boosting the design competitiveness of both South Korean and International brands. 


The 5-day event for year 2018, for example, publicized more than 1,200 brands and 2,700 designers while attracting 98,000 visitors. Seoul Design Festival has become a stepping-stone for South Korean designers to reach out to the international market and a channel by which talented international designers step into the South Korean market. 




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