Beppu in Oita Prefecture produces the most long-jointed bamboo in Japan, and bamboo crafts, which are known for their durability and longevity, have been an integral part of people’s lives since olden times. In the Edo period (1603-1868), when Beppu Onsen gained notoriety as the top hot spring area in Japan, bathers from all over the country used bamboo baskets, strainer and other items during their stay.
These became popular souvenirs, and bamboo crafts developed into a local industry in their own right. Bamboo utensils are still used to this day in Beppu, and they have been designated as a traditional handicraft. The beautiful pieces are handmade by skilled artisans, and they are popular among tea ceremony practitioners and people looking to add some flare to their home’s interior.