Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Japan Skills Olympics

My friend invited me to join her in Shizuoka City to attend the Japan Skills Olympics.  I had never heard of anything like this, so I was happy to say yes!  The venue was a huge exhihibition area in several buildings.  

Participants  compete in various areas, with everyone making the same thing in a set amount of time.  Observers could watch from outside the area.  Each area had officials to watch the making.  I'm not sure why - surely you can't cheat in a competition like this. Afterwards, the finished pieces were judged. I don't know what all of the things are, but I'll try to explain anyway.   Flash photos and talking to competetors was prohibited.

Wood Furniture Making 


Room Painting - finished.  

Glass Construction  - this competition was finished and was being judged when I saw it.

Screens or frames ?  I don't know. 

Tetami Floor - this competition was finished and was being judged when I saw it. 

Women's Suit Making

Fabric Repair - I don't know what the name of this is, but competitors used some chemicals to remove stains and repaint the fabric.

Jewelry Making 

Roof Construction

Stone Carving 


Men's Suit Making  

My Favorite - Kimono Making  

I'm so glad I could attend this amazing event!


  1. This is very cool. I guess it is like les meilleurs ouvriers in France. Being recognized as the best in your field must really boost you up.

  2. What a wonderful way to make sure Japanese artisan skills continue!

  3. wow Pamela so much to see,so any different trades,what an amazing day.

  4. Interesting photos Pamela and what a great exhibition, so much to see and watch, looks difficult making kimonos sitting on the floor.

  5. That is pretty cool! I kind of wish we had something like that, it's great to see things other than sports and music recognized in such a way!

  6. that looks brilliant! i wish we had something like that.

  7. What an interesting event, so good to see.