Kyo Butsugu (Buddhist utensils)

This production originated as part of the technology of goldware used for construction in the Momoyama period. It developed in Kyoto, where the head temples of most Buddhist sects in Japan are located, making it the pre-eminent production place in all Japan. It is mainly divided into its use - temple use or household use. A variety of techniques for wood, metal and lacquer works is necessary to create the various utensils such as incense burners which are cast out of metal, temple bells which require hammering, and lacquered memorial tablets. In many cases, labor is divided and the items are hand produced in the traditional way. The manufacturing of Buddhist utensils continues to be an important traditional industry in Kyoto as orders continue to be taken in from the main temples as well as from the temples in other regions.