tsumugi fabric, mizuhiki paper cord art, Matsumoto temari handballs and Togakushi bamboo craft.Shinshu is a land of traditional crafts, such as Kiso wood crafts and lacquerware,
Now, many craftsmen live in and around Matsumoto and Azumino in quest of a good environment for crafts and art.
On this weekend (May 30th and 31st), the Matsumoto Craft Fair, one of the biggest craft fairs in Japan, will be held at Agata-no-Mori Park. Many craftsmen and fans of crafts will gather from all over the country.
Also, a new event, the Matsumoto Craft Month, is being held April 25th through May 31st from this year. You can see many craft-related events and exhibitions in museums and galleries in Matsumoto. (Japanese site is here.)