Osaka Ranma (Transom Panel) Carving 0

A part of Osaka’s heritage that's developed as traditional techniques of craft, ranma transom carvings can meet even the exacting demands of the temples within the prefecture.

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    Bon holidays (mid-Aug.), New Year holidays *Confirmation required

Though ranma (transom panels) originally hail from Kyoto, as they became more and more popular among everyday people they started to spread to Osaka, a city where the lumber trade flourished. Over time, ranma techniques were developed and refined to better respond to the exacting demands made by Shitennoji Temple, Shinto shrines within the prefecture, and other clients. Western Japan in particular is noted for the use of Japanese cedar and cypress in carved chokoku-ranma, osa-ranma done in vertical slates, and sukashibori-ranma with cutaway shapes. In recent years, artisans have taken the initiative in producing ranma for this day and age by making new offerings: condo market-oriented items that are done in the simple designs favored by the younger generation. To book a tour, please be sure to call the association and make a reservation beforehand. Their system is set up so that not only do you take a tour of the association, but they will also find an actual shop that you can tour based on the day of your visit. Depending on shop and association circumstances, please note there may be days where the association cannot plan a tour for you. Tour groups can range from 2–5 participants. Children must be 10 or older to participate. The tour will be held at the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living for groups of 6–20. Personal interpreters are required for foreign language support.

  • Location

    〒 5-30-1 Kishibekita, Suita-shi, Osaka
  • Price

    Simple plate or coaster ¥1,500 per customer
    Miniature engraved frame or wall hanging ¥3,000 per customer
    4 frame, engraved; family crest engraving; or house name plate ¥10,000 per customer
    *Entry fee applies during Sumai Museum exhibitions
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