JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUARE
Kansai > Kansai Others
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.