Unique Nagano

Crafts Fair Matsumoto

Event

Description

Household Art in the Park: Creative everyday items by 280 artisans from all over Japan, at Matsumoto's Agata no Mori Park held annually the last week of May.

"Unique Nagano" Recommendation

Ceramics, leatherwork, wood furniture, clothing, jewelry, and more ceramics, handmade by real artisans, sold by real artisans (around 280 actual artists -- no resellers!) in beautiful Agata no Mori Park in Matsumoto City. The Crafts Fair Matsumoto is held every year on the last weekend of May and is one of the biggest and most highly regarded arts & crafts fairs in Japan. Some of the works for sale are fun and whimsical, meant to be enjoyed for simply by looking at. But a lot of the artisans make items for everyday use. In Japan, people often have a particular pair of chopsticks, rice bowl, etc. that they use all the time. Thus there is a high appreciation for a well-crafted item that other people might just disregard as an ordinary, run-of-the-mill household necessity. At the Crafts Fair Matsumoto, people come to find meaningful items that fit their lives, with the added bonus of getting to actually meet the craftsmen behind the products. The fair also has live music, craft-making demonstrations (some hands-on for guests to try), and food booths.

"Back home in the States, I frequently went to arts & crafts fairs. I enjoy the visual beauty that art adds to life. So I was excited when I heard about the Crafts Fair Matsumoto. I was impressed by the variety of the items being sold as well as the quality of the craftsmanship. Most of works seemed to be destined for being used every day rather than just hung up on a wall as decoration. With 280-or so vendors, this is a serious event. And lots of music and food and other things to do. Agata no Mori park, is the perfect setting with its paths to wander, grass fields and koi pond." (T.L., America)

Access

By Car: From Matsumoto IC on the Nagano Expwy, take Route 158 east into the city center. 158 becomes Route 143 -- follow it as it goes under the railroad tracks, turns right at Chuo 1-chome signal, and turns left in front of Matsumoto Station. Proceed straight from the station and the road will come to a "T" at Agata no Mori Park. (4.2km, 12 min.) By Train: From Matsumoto Station, head straight out on Route 143. Proceed straight from the station and the road will come to a "T" at Agata no Mori Park. (1.4km, 18 min. on foot)

Notes

Besides the official fair on the last weekend of May, Matsumoto City-based artisans hold events at their workshops and galleries during the entire month of May.

Details

address :
3-1 Agata, Matsumoto City, Nagano Pref. 390-0812
tel :
(0263)34-6557 -- Fair Secretariat
url :
http://matsumoto-crafts.com/cfm/
hours :
11:00-17:00 Saturday, 09:00-17:00 Sunday on the last weekend of May
closed :
Held the last weekend of May
cost :
Entrance free.
reservations :
n/a
participants :
1+