Star Wars X Japanese Craft
When Japan got its own Star Wars trailer last year, an article by Kyle Stock for Bloomberg explained that it was part of Disney’s strategy to reach out to international fans. Not a far-fetched idea, considering Japan is behind ‘only the U.S. and China in box office revenue’ while Asia as a whole became Hollywood’s biggest market in 2013.
A recent trip to Fukuoka at the end of 2015 certainly seemed to reinforce that idea: everywhere I looked, there was Star Wars merchandise - from figurines and homeware to foodstuff and packaging - even beauty products were no exception. Given increasing interest in slow living by celebrating local, I was most interested in the crossover between Japanese culture and the sci-fi-esque nature of Star Wars. Here are some examples I found:
Star Wars Yunomi: The yunomi is a form of Japanese ceramic teacup used for informal or daily consumption, here inscribed with different Star Wars characters, locales and other entities with their names in English and Japanese.
Star Wars Mamezara: Mamezara literally means ‘small bean dish’ when translated and is often used for side dishes, typically with a diameter of approximately five centimetres. These come in a set of 8 different patterns. The full set can be purchased for $149 here.
Star Wars Ukiyo-e: Found on Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake, this set of traditional woodblock prints make use of the ukiyo-e method, a style that was popularised during the 17th to 19th centuries. Because of the painstaking processes involved, the prints cost about $434 for a single one and approximately $1300 for a set of three.