Kanazawa Wagasa

Manufacturing traditional Japanese “Wagasa” umbrellas became popular in cities during the Edo era (about 400 years ago) due to developments in commerce and industry.
In Kanazawa alone, there were more than 100 shops selling Wagasa in the Meiji and Taisho eras (up to about 100 years ago). Wagasa made in Kanazawa were not only gorgeous but also sturdy, and sold well throughout Japan. Today, economical Western-style umbrellas are more commonly used, leading to a decrease in the numbers of Wagasa makers; nowadays, Wagasa can only be seen on special occasions, such as traditional festivals.