Sasano Ittobori Carved Figure Painting Experience(Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture)

Otakapoppo painting experience

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

General Information

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


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