Nagoya Household Buddhist Altars
Fostered by a strong belief in Buddhism, the making of these altars developed early in the area and even at the beginning of the Edo period, specialist stores dealing in home altars already existed. Skills were collectively honed by the groups of craftsmen that were created after wholesale groups were established and traditional methods and techniques were cultivated. In 1876 a union was formed and Nagoya Household Buddhist Altars were shown at industrial exhibitions that were held up and down the country and production increased.
These altars are made in a number of styles to suit different Buddhist sects. Consequently, there is a great deal of pride attached to the use of sound techniques in the making of such things as an altar expressive of the calm beauty of paradise, or with a tranquil atmosphere consistent with Zen. Functional considerations are not forgotten as a drawer is fitted in the base to store such things as candles and other things associated with the altars. At present there are 228 firms engaged in the making of these altars and 47 government recognized Master Craftsmen among the 872 doing this work.
- Nagoya Household Buddhist Altar Association
- 1-14-15 Tachibana, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Website : http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/%7En-kumiai/