Naruto, Tōken Ranbu, Stray Dogs Get Traditional Crafts at Anime Japan 2016

posted on 2016-03-11 14:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Anime News Network's merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode.

Anime Japan 2016 is continuing its offering of official anime character goods blended with traditional Japanese crafts this year. The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Rascal the Raccoon, Mr. Osomatsu, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Votoms, Tōken Ranbu, Naruto, Fate/Grand Order and Bungō Stray Dogs all served as inspiration for the goods. Regional artisans who specialize in crafting each individual item were sourced for the creations.

The [email protected] Cinderella Girls parasol umbrellas (Gifu Prefecture)
These lovely umbrellas are on exhibition only. They're created using a very complex procedure that where small segments are assembled one at a time manually.

Rascal the Raccoon small plates by Kagawa lacquer ware - 4,900 yen each (US$43)
Kagawa has made lacquer ware since the late Edo period.

Mr. Osomatsu Kyōyūzen handkerchiefs - 3,500 yen each. (US$22)
Kyōyūzen is a Kyoto-based yūzen technique of color dying and printing invented during the Genroku era.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans braided straps - 3,200 yen each (US$28)
These braided straps are made in Kyoto the same way as they have been since the Heian period, whether to serve as Buddhist talismen, decorate samurai armor, or serve as a sword knot.

Votoms stoneware sake bottle and cup - 9,800 yen (US$86)
Shigarakiyaki is stoneware based made in the town of Shigaraki in Shiga prefecture. The area is counted as one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan and has been in production for 1,250 years. Shigaraki is well known for creating tanuki statues.

Tamamushi-nuri Tōken Ranbu hand mirrors - 2,800 yen each (US$25)
Tamamushi-nuri is a jewel-like lacquer based out of the Sendai/Miyagi area.

Naruto Shippuden Iga-yaki bowl - 6,900 yen (US$61)
Iga-yaki pottery from Mie prefecture uses large pebbles mixed with the clay to create a rustic look.

Bungō Stray Dogs pen case - 9,800 yen (US$86)
These pen cases use the Koshu-inden technique of lacquering deerskin, a technique used to create weapons and armor during the Sengoku period. The method was repurposed after the Taisho era to create handbags. The Yamanashi prefecture continues to the tradition.

Fate/Grand Order ballpoint pen - 16,800 yen (not pictured) (US$148)
The pen is modeled after Gilgamesh with blue and gold color accents and command spells inscribed in the body. The delicate process Kanazawa-haku uses gold foil only 1/10,000 of a millimeter thick. It's used on the pen for the blue portions.

Anime Japan will also have 31 different badges featuring anime characters that can be bought as gachapon.

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