Japanese Traditional Arts & Crafts by
Welcome to our "MAYA" web site.
We MAYA founded in 1990 is a family-run
in the best tradition with high professionalism.
We are making the decorative battledore(
HAGOITA doll ), Traditional Hairpiece( KANZASHI
) and Oshie crafts.
You will find JapaneseTraditional uniquely
designed. We are making from the design of
kabuki or ukiyoe.
There is also an original work.Each Hagiota
is carefully created and no two are exactly
All Kanzashi are handcrafted with the
care and attention to detail and quality.
We hope that our customers could find
much pleasure in our traditional products
as we have found in producing them.
We hope you enjoy our web site.
Hagoita are richly decorated wooden paddles,
traditonally given as new year's gifts to
girls.The Paddle is usually decorated with
elaborate padded cloth faces of geishas or
actors, using an art form called "oshie".
The old year's paddles are supposed to be
burned at the end of the year.
Traditional Silk Crafts "Oshi-e".
Oshie were extremely popular items along
the whole 19th century. The dolls were Kimono
silks, that were cut and fitted to padded
cardboard outlines usually representing either
a Geisha, or a Samurai. Hands and faces were
then hand painted, and the whole very much
in the style of the Ukiyo-e and Nihon-ga.
Tsumami-Kanzashi or Hana(flower) Kanzashi,
the long fluttering flower is characteristic
of maiko. These are created by Japanese artisans
from squares of silk by a technique known
as tsumami. Each square is multiply folded
with the aid of pincers and cut into a single
petal. These are attached to backings of
metal to create whole flowers, or attached
to silken threads to create strings of blossom.
Butterflies and birds are also common in
this art form. Additional detailing of stamens
is created by the use of mizuhiki, which
is a strong thin twine made from washi paper,
and is often coloured and used for decorative
Kanzashi are hair ornaments, used to create
traditional hairstyles.Kanzashi came into
wide use during the Edo period. During that
era artisans created more decorative, elegant
and expensive ornaments that mimicked the
same trend in kimono design.
||KANZASHI is made carefully. The beautiful
cloth of a plum and a chrysanthemum is using
the silk. And it has finished dyeing skillfully.
All of fine work are handmade and are beautiful
Well-matched at your hair ornament.
Shiro Suzuki : Website, E-mail
Yuriko Suzuki : Product Design
Kanzashi Staff : Arai-san, Doi-san,
Hagoita Staff : Yoda-san, Kurihara-san, Shimizu-san,
Ogino-san, Oyama-san, Aoyagi-san, Hukushima-san,
Japanese Traditional Arts &
Koubou Maya Ningyou (Japanese Name)
Location : 3-118-2, Beppu, KUMAGAYA City,
Saitama Prefecture JAPAN 360-0856
Traffic access : JR Takasaki