Traditional Craft Products Designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Traditional Craft Products Certified by the Governor of Osaka Prefecture
Osaka Butsudan (Osaka Style Household Buddhist Altars)
This craftwork dates back to the Asuka era (late6C-early7C), when temple architects and Buddhist image and utensil artisans came to Osaka from Korea with the introduction of Buddhism. It is recorded that altar articles for Ishiyama-Honganji Temple were manufactured circa 1580 in Osaka. A Japanese shopping guide written in 1692 also describes Osaka's prosperous manufacture of Buddhist household altars and related articles.
Osaka's altars feature raised lacquer instead of metal fixtures, in order to eliminate wood damage due to metal rust.
Osaka Butsudan using superior quality wood from Japan and abroad
Cabinetmaking using precious foreign woods developed during the mid-Edo era (18C) in Osaka; the manufacture of household Buddhist altars using such wood commenced in the early Meiji era (late 19C).
These altars of rosewood, ebony and other high-grade foreign woods are famous for their durability and elegance.
Osaka Nuri Butsudan (Osaka Butsudan with gold-lacquered metal fittings)
While Osaka Butsudan features raised lacquer instead of metal fixtures, Osaka Nuri Butsudan uses metal fittings similar to those produced in other regions.