- The modest exterior appearance provides a sense of Japanese elegance
- Hakata fabric and Hakata dolls symbolize the tradition of Hakata
- The tradition of Hakata continues on.
The modest exterior appearance provides a sense of Japanese elegance
As the name suggests, the “Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum” is a museum that exhibits the traditional crafts of Hakata. You might envision it as an elaborate building, but this museum is slightly different. It’s a two-story building with a small town style and there are not that many exhibits on display, so admission is free and you can leisurely view the items.
It is located very close to the city center of Hakata and is right next to the Kushida Shrine, a classic spot for tourists. The museum has a cafe area, which is a great place to take a breather. Please note that the museum is closed on Wednesdays.
Hakata fabric and Hakata dolls symbolize the tradition of Hakata
Hakata fabric and Hakata dolls provide the centerpiece of the exhibition. Since Hakata fabric was presented to the Shogun-ate during the Edo period, the particularly high quality fabric has come to be known as a “Hakata Presentation.” The cloth has a thickness and stretch quality that makes it suitable for use in the “obi” of Japanese clothing. It gives a distinct, “kyu” sound when tightened. Once tightened, it does not loosen and was popular among sword-bearing samurais’.
Hakata dolls were originally made of clay for the common people. These have served as prototypes for current Hakata dolls. Dolls made by master craftsman, Yoichi Kojima, were well received at the Paris Exhibition of 1900 and are now widely known. Their fine features and softness characterize them.
The tradition of Hakata continues on.
While the Hakata tradition continues on, some of the dolls have also taken on contemporary changes. Typical examples are bags and pumps made of Hakata fabric. Because they have practical uses, they make for ideal souvenirs. Why not give it a thought? Unfortunately, there is nowhere to buy Hakata fabric and dolls inside the museum, but there are plenty of shops that sell them nearby. I’m sure if you ask a staff member at the museum, they will tell you where to find a good store. Use the “Hakata Crafts Museum” as your base to browse for souvenir ideas.
■Opening Hours:10 a.m. ‒ 6 p.m. (must enter by 5:30 p.m.)
■Days Closed: Every Wednesday (if a holiday, the following day) December 29th~31st
■Entrance Fee: Free
5 min. walk from Gion and Nakasu-Kawabata Stations
5 min. walk from Kawabata-machi / Hakataza-mae stop
3 min. walk from Canal City Hakata-mae stop
Fukuoka City Loop Bus “Green”
1 min. walk from Kushida Jinja/Hakata Machiya Furusatokan-mae stop