Try your hand at painting "Otakapoppo," a traditional craft handed down from generation to generation in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture.
It is a wood carving craft that dates back more than 1,200 years. Uesugi Yozan recommended making Otakapoppo as a side job for farmers.
It is called "Sasano Ittobori" because it is carved with a single blade called a sarukuri, a specialty of the Sasano area.
Yozan considered the Otakapoppo (hawk) to be the best product because hawks are powerful birds and because the Japanese character for hawk is a part of his name. He said displaying the wooden hawk will increase the samurai's stipend and ward off evil spirits.
A thematic journey in the Tohoku region:Traditional Crafts
- 山形県米沢市笹野民芸館、笹野一刀彫 鷹山
- 800-1,000 yen
Price includes: hands-on experience, your finished work
- Opening Times
- Sasano Folk-Crafts Museum: 10:00-17:00
Sasano Ittobori (Takayama): 9:00-17:00
Classes: Offered all year round
- Approx. 15 minutes by car from Yonezawa Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen).
- Car Park
- Sasano Folk-Crafts Museum: 50 Spaces (large buses allowed), Sasano Ittobori (Takayama): 15 Spaces
- Official Website
- Okitama Sightseeing Portal
- Approx. 60 minutes
- Yonezawa Tourism and Convention Association
- Telephone Number
- Fax Number
- E-mail address