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Osaka Ranma (Transom Panel) Carving

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.

Basic information

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. Children must be 10 or older to participate. Personal interpreters are required for foreign language support.

  • Location

    1-27-24, Torikai-Nono, Settsu City, Kinoshita-Ranma Store
  • Fax

    06-6387-7171
  • Tel

    06-6387-3462
  • Closed

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

    Confirmation required
  • Price

    Simple plate ¥2,750 per customer
    Miniature engraved ¥4,400 per customer
  • URL

    http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/mono/seizo/dento-01.html
  • Tour guide

    Advance booking required (apply 20 days before date of visit)

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