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Nara [Writing Tools and Abacus〕Nara Brushes

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SHOPJAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUARE

AREAKansai > Kansai Others

2020-11-02 to 2022-12-31

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During his visit to China some 1,200 years ago, the monk Kukai learned how to make brushes. Upon returning to Japan, he passed on his knowledge to the people living in what is now Nara Prefecture. This marked the beginning of brush-making in the area.
Brushes became more widely used following the establishment of school education at the beginning of the Meiji era (1868-1912), and the demand for high-quality brushes has remained constant ever since.

Nara brushes are made using the hair of ten animals, including sheep, horses, deer, tanuki, weasels, martens, rabbits and squirrels.

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