Fun Link Friday: Videos of Japan’s Traditional Artisans

Maybe it’s because of my research, maybe because I love art, or maybe because making things with your hands is so dang cool, but I am totally obsessed with a YouTube playlist recently highlighted by Open Culture on production processes of Japan’s artisans.

On the “手技TEWAZAシリーズ” (Tezawa Series) playlist, tezawa roughly translating to “hand technique” or “hand craft,” twenty videos are linked that showcase the amazing skills of Japan’s traditional artisans. The subjects range from fine pattern dyeing of the Edo period to techniques for making carving knives originating in the sixteenth century. Each video, about three to five minutes long, is totally mesmerizing and has wonderful production value, so I suggest you block out some time in your internet rabbit hole schedule to enjoy these. If you need convincing, just check out the Kanazawa gold leaf video below! The full list can be found here.

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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