Shokunin is the Japanese word for craftsman or craftswoman. These are the men and women who preserve Japanís traditional legacy of hand-crafting products including swords, drums, fans, pottery and more. Many shokunin use crafting methods that have been passed down for hundreds of years, sometimes within a single family. But because most things can be mass-produced these days, shokunin, and their skills, are disappearing. Working cooperatively together with the website Craftsman Times, we want to help protect Japanís historical arts by spreading awareness and broadening their market within Japan and overseas.

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